Monday, January 31, 2011

Yes, the walls are blue!

Towards the end of the summer holidays I usually start panicking!

Where did the holidays go? I was going to do this and this! What have I been doing? The main computer was being naughty and Mr CH was in the process of wiping it and reloading programs so I had nothing to do but follow the trail of mould around the house with sponge and bucket. We have never had a mould problem until this recent rain, not even in the bathroom, thanks to 11 foot ceilings. I thought if I had to wash the walls I might as well make a really good mess first. So I decided to sand our bedroom floors a few days before school resumed.

Since returning from our "country hiatus" the floors have been bare floorboards after I decided I was not going to live with the psychedelic carpet a moment longer. We had been in two minds about carpet vs bare floorboards.

So I thought" Mr Crazy House was back at work, this is the kind of job I could probably manage myself". These old floorboards have been eaten here and there by borers and I was going to gently sand them with the orbital sander to remove years of grime and try not to dig down into the eaten wood too far. We decided that we weren't going to replace these boards with newies as we had seen the results of a similar attempt in a friend's Queenslander and didn't mind the look.

The hall and lounge have suffered the same degree of damage and a previous owner had replaced the eaten pine boards with odd pieces of hardwood, so there were enough boards to replace as it was. Hallways in old Queenslanders were often painted or stained where the hall runner didn't reach, this one has stain and glue. Mr CH had been putting off this job for as long as possible so I thought he needed a nudge.

Hardwood boards under the wardrobe .

If I can just get the furniture out and start sanding he might join in.

We seem to do an awful lot of moving furniture around here!

So the dressing table is now in the lounge room, the lowboy is in the dining room, the side tables and chairs are on the veranda and in the lounge room, half of the bed is on the veranda and we are camping on the other half in the "sitting room" (well, that's what I call it although it doesn't have any chairs to sit on, only homeless furniture). But nobody wants to help move the wardrobe! It took three removalist guys to get it in here. We(the males) tend to use the "drag on rag" method of furniture moving around here, good for movers who succumb to" fits of the giggles" at inappropriate moments (too much grunting).

After a few hours(6) of sanding over two days and Mr CH obligingly ripping up the hardwood boards (he does like a bit of demolishing) and chiselling out the quad for new skirting boards, the drop saw decided to be naughty. It decided it wasn't going to cut straight. So work has come to a grinding halt while we wait for new "brushes". Lost in the flood drama, had to be ordered again,won't be here for another week! Groan,groan!!

The previous skirtingboards were quad.

Look after your sash windows or someone will pull them out and put in casement windows and it will look ugly like this!

Hide that patch behind a curtain!

Window painting seems to be my job around here, that's why this is not done!
No point starting if there's a cyclone out there.

Well, I found two mirrors in an op-shop and had to photograph them in here as there is too much crap!!(pardon me) everywhere else at the moment. Two for $23 you can never have too many mirrors, one looks like it is from an old dressing table, I thought I might, might umm, re-shellac them! lol (I'm weak I just can't paint them)

Now that it's back to school this dog won't leave me alone!

I battled the book covering (I think I won?) now I just need to face rooms like this and that's the good side. How did the littlest kid end up with the biggest room?

P.S I had to take his chairs away they were covered in mould,Yuk!

See ya later


Saturday, January 29, 2011

New-fashion flowers for an old Frog.

My gypsy sister who is living in Tasmania (at the moment) sent me some lovely flowers for my recent Birthday, via Interflora.

Mr Crazy House doesn't often buy me flowers as he knows I secretly prefer a plant for the garden instead.

So I was a little surprised at the colour and size of these flowers.

The biggest vase I have, was kindly given to me years ago by my Mum-in-law and somehow didn't seem big enough.

It has one of those "Frogs" inside it, to support the flowers for "proper" flower arranging.
Unfortunately the stems of flowers often sold nowdays have such thick stems and won't fit an old-fashioned vase frog.

Which I discovered after 15 mins trying! Also after a previous 10 mins unwrapping 3 layers of pretty textured paper wrapped in cello,ties,tape and ribbon. Phew!!

So I gave up trying to artfully arrange them and just settled for having them facing forwards-ish.

Who would have thought getting a bunch of flowers could be so exhausting! lol

Striking Proteas.

Bright,bright Gerbras.

Sticky-centred Sunflowers.

I loved the Liliums best, would love these in the garden.
Gentle perfume.

Thankyou gypsy sister for my lovely flowers.XX

Gypsy sister at Yosemite National Park.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A few flood photos.

What a horrible time for many Queenslanders!
I really can't watch anymore news at the moment. Not only are Aussies suffering, but now Brazil has suffered a major disaster, 640+ people lost.
Not a nice start to the new year, too much saddness.
Mr Crazy House has been on holidays and therefore I have seen a ridiculous amount of morning news(which I normally don't watch).
Flooding in our area was not bad, we have seen worse. Thankfully the sun has been out for a few days and inspite of the storms things are drying out a bit.


When the going gets tough, the tough go sightseeing!(along with everyone else)
Where Penny and I go walking, soon to be under water.


The skatebowl became a pool.

Usually the path looks like this.

Rising waters.

And totally under water 3/4 hour later.
A local main street flooding .
In the past the water has reached halfway up the large white building.

An RSL club.

Carpark going under water.

Bridge flooding near Woolworths.

Someone's BMW.

No 2 son standing under the large white building 3/4 hour before the bridge above flooded.
Yikes !!!


Two bridges within 200m of each other. Both flooded.


For a few hours no 1 son thought he was going to have to sleep at work as all roads home were flooded. However the waters couldn't stay that high for long.

Hopefully the clean up across Australia (and in Brazil) won't take too long and maybe the tears will lessen as time goes by.
Take care

Friday, January 7, 2011

Random shots of random things.

It's hard to believe the first week of the new year has already flown by.
Inspite of spending most of the time indoors and the days are somewhat darker I have still managed to indulge in being snap-happy. I thought I'd share some photos from the first week this year, not exciting or anything, just a bit of whimsy.
I get laughed at for dashing out into the rain to grab some flowers, but if I can't enjoy the pretties outside then I'll save them from the rain for inside.
Some budlejia from my newly planted bush-it's only a foot high so far.
The garden turns a strange shade of green under a stormy sky.

I really hope this rain is just about finished, I think everyone has had a puddle or two. The neighbourhood kids have to jump the little gate now!

For one brief moment the sun came out and the butterflies were out in force.
Though they wouldn't stay still long enough to have a picture taken. I guess they have a lot to fit into their short life.

The plumbago desperately needs a chop, but how can I cut those pretty blue flowers?
Surely there are few flowers so lovely a shade of blue.

I think Penny-dog is getting a bit pudgy. It must be because we haven't been walking because of the rain or maybe it's all those cracker tidbits.

Finally, it's goodbye to the Christmas tree for another year. I'm sure it will be back up again before we know it.

So what has everyone else being doing to stay sane on these rainy,rainy Christmas holidays?
If you go outside you need a pair of wellies, I mean gumboots!
What can I say my Dad was a Pom for the first 17 years of his life and it was a joke to say that with a fitting accent of course!
Can you tell I'm going a bit loopy?
Stay dry.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Have we started this renovation yet?

Work on the reno cottage next-door is moving along well, in fact so well that I haven't had much time to "compose" blog posts worth reading,(not that reading about dirty home renovations is everyone's cup of tea).
We have decided to tackle the hardest rooms first, the kitchen and bathroom. And hopefully get them almost finished before Mr Crazy House has had enough and wants to start something else!
The kitchen and bathroom had a roof lift in the mid 1990's to increase head room and what was a roughly enclosed veranda was built in properly with new weatherboards put on the outside. Therefore the kitchen does contain alot of "new" fibro that we can remove ourselves. The whole roof is "old asbestos" fibro which will be staying, if the walls were once "old asbestos" fibro then a previous owner must have had them removed during building work.
You can see the new fibro as part of the lean-to.

Mr CH jumped right in and pulled down the wall between the lounge and bedroom. It wasn't a load-bearing wall because it is a pitched roof to the outside walls.

I probably should mention that Mr CH is a "qualified" owner builder, after completing a course before we attempted an extention on our own house years and years ago. It cost a few hundred dollars then and only took him 15 minutes, and a friend did the same course a few years later and it took him 5 days. Mr CH still uses the text from this course to check what he is allowed to do home-renovation wise.

Removing the boarded-up window from bed 1 to bathroom to be fixed properly later.

Removing some "new" fibro from boarded-up wall and around original backdoor.
Laminate sheeting around bath removed as well.

We bought some flat-pac cupboards for the kitchen while we were still out of town thinking Mr CH would use the machinery at work to make some doors for them. Then changed our minds about what kind of doors we were going to use. DON'T DO THAT!! Big mistake jumping the gun, they have sat in an empty house for a year and now we have to move them around to get to stuff! The up-side, the price increase on these cupboards would now cost us $200 more.

So now you'll see these kitchen cupboards somewhere in each photo.

If you saw the first blogpost about the interior, you'll remember the floorboards in the bathroom were so disgusting. A real patch-up job, they had to be removed and have been replaced with waterproof chipboard sheeting.

View of new bathoom floor from underneath, yes I know thrilling isn't it.
Well, it's clean and doesn't smell of um.. urine!

More photos of our progress soon, before I get too overwhelmed with a backlog of photos!
Until then take care,

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