Well hello there! Long time no see! That's due to the limited progress at the house - quite depressing really.
That said, DH and his dad have worked very hard this past week and completed a very long retaining wall.
It goes all the way along the back of the house (past where you can see here) and a little down the other side. I spent time clearing other parts of the site and levelling out some of the raised areas...talk about sore muscles!
I enjoyed buying a couple of bits of greenery this week and can't wait to start planting. Here is a glimpse of a couple of our plants I've purchased. I also still need to transport a whole heap of plants we moved to pots and kept at my grandmother's house.
To reward our hard work and inparticular, thank my father-in-law for all of his help, we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Sealevel restaurant today. A couple of seafood platters and bottles of wine later and all is good.
Our next jobs involve drainage, turf and planting. Plenty of hard work ahead, but hopefully it will be worth it.
We are still very frustrated with the response of other tradesmen. Sitting around waiting for them to turn up to quote, only for them to then not turn up at all is very annoying. We are trying not to panic but we simply have to get the side front fence completed for the pool to eventually be signed off (before it can be filled). We have one quote for the fence which also includes 2 other little jobs and the price is ridiculous. This week we will really have to reconsider all options and hope the next round of people I call for quotes actually show up when expected.
We are also waiting for a break in this horrible weather so that our coping and waterline tiles can be laid...that's right they are still NOT done! The guy was running late finishing other jobs and now we are being held up with this rainy weather. He is also tiling our outdoor area and claims to need an almost guaranteed 3 days without rain to do the job. If he turned up when originally planned he would have had 3 WEEKS of dry weather!!!! If my pool is not completed in time for the Christmas holidays we will need to factor 3 weeks in Queensland into our budget. I will not be staying at home with the kids for 5 weeks for another summer without a pool...simple.
Anyway, that's all there is to report for now. Nothing much else has happened inside. I am being very careful to leave as much money as possible that we have left for outside work. Artworks and other bits of furniture will have to wait I'm afraid.
Hope everyone else is travelling well.