Since we last spoke nothing really has been achieved. I have sent out an SOS to friends to try to find a landscaper that's not booked out until after Christmas. DH is now off for 2 weeks and we plan to spend tomorrow on the phone trying desperately to get workers here.
We are also waiting to have the pool coping and tiles done. We were led to believe that this was going to happen last week - so hopefully this week will see someone turn up any day now. We plan to get the paving/tiling guy to quote for the rest of the areas we need doing (and do them ASAP). DH has spent ages moving thousands of dollars worth of travertine so hopefully this will be laid very soon.
We have unpacked nearly every box. I have had many shopping trips trying to get bits and pieces for the house. One thing still missing is artwork. I haven't found anything to adorn my big bare walls. DH and I plan to visit some south coast/southern highland galleries and stores in the next week or two to hopefully find something both affordable and worthy of our new home.
The lovely Jane from the blog 'Stormy's Castle' completed my daughters artwork this week. It is just gorgeous and perfect for her room - thanks again Jane! It is yet to be hung, but here is a glimpse (photos don't do it justice I'm afraid):
I have also taken a trip to ikea and started to pop some colour into my living area decor (just a little so far). I must return to ikea - you always come home missing some bits n pieces. It's always an exhausting but worthwhile trip! I got a couple more of the expedit storage pieces. The one in the study will be great once I've fitted it out properly. I also went to the recently improved Moore Park Supercentre. I got 2 bedsides and a chest of drawers at a bargain price from a store called 'Shack'. Add a pair of lamps from Freedom and we are slowly getting there...
Bedroom is coming together - just need an accent colour added
(Excuse the bed - I hadn't found, ironed and put the valance on the bed yet. Again the photos don't quite show the lovely 'feel' the room has.)
We will eventually put a tele on the wall above the drawers. Not the most 'with it' accessory but I do love watching tele in bed on a lazy day or when I'm not well.
Adding some blues and other colours to the living/kitchen area.
A work in progress this area above the fridge - just popping bits I find in boxes there at the moment.
Fingers crossed this week sees us have some luck engaging people to work on this place! We really want things sorted by Christmas - for personal family reasons, I want this to be a beautiful Christmas in this home!
Hope everyone else is travelling well!