Excitement is mountingFor so many reasons, but one is certainly that my blog is about to hit view 20,000 - you have all made this journey so much more worthwhile - and I just wanted to say a big thank you for enthusing me to keep writing and sharing my stories.
It has certainly been a jam packed few days of activity - in Australian politics there has been a change of Government
At HH (which, incidentally, is just down the road from the house of the now ex PM!)
Father's day has come (and gone) - and we continue to celebrate the milestones on the HH whiteboard
45 weeks to go rapidly became 44 weeks to go - I went to the Supreme Court to listen to the arsonist's request for bail - and in brighter days, the builder boys told me they miss it if I don't write on the board - so I filled it this last week...
Everyone is working hard and counting down the days until the roof sheets arrive (next week is the week people!) - there was more cleaning out the soot under the floorboards
Conferences about just about everything!
Some of the new galvanised sheets were laid in an outer wing
Serious cleaning was undertaken (so serious in fact that the experts Juvenaire were brought in!)
Of course there was a constant stream of visitors - including the wonderful Ken and Simone
and they can come again because they bought Shingle Inn cake (not just for us but for all the builders) - they even let Superstar Tea Cosy join in!
My past (and future) office continues to get better and better - there are new trusses
and the walls are being lined (shame really, I loved looking into the roof!)
And this is the room now
and once we eventually get up there this is the view we are going to get
Yes, I think I will be able to live with that! Also thinking of scraping the fireplace in the office back to brick - any thoughts?
Some wonderful people provided an opportunity for me to have short bursts of relaxation after such a busy and stressful few months - the gorgeous Theresa and Bernadette from Aurora Beauty in Balmoral treated me as their guest to the most divine facial in their new look store (and donated a beautiful prize to our WANTZ charity dinner too ) - thank you goddesses!
and I spent a couple of days with the in-laws in North Queensland - where cane cutting was in full swing
and in the month of September Innisfail looked just so pretty
where local scarecrows looked after the surrounding corn crops in the community garden
where nephews frolicked in the local park
and where my favourite hidden gem Cowley Beach (no glamour beachside) still manages to inspire
and where homegrown flowers and homecooked food were the order of the day
Meanwhile the boys were not idle whilst I was away - more floorboards came up
ceiling rafters came down
have a good last look at the sky - because next Tuesday we start to close it down - thank goodness the weather has been so good to us - it can rain after we have a roof - in fact it needs to!
There was reason to celebrate with those who are making it all happen
and similarly there is reason to celebrate you, my wonderful readers, as we head towards viewer 20,000
A celebration is in order
Next week I will unveil Hanworth House design style to honour this milestone
I know you are excited!
So am I