Stop watching me do the dishes please.

Not all that long ago, it was easy peasy for passers by to see into our kitchen. I say kitchen very loosely of course. Nonetheless, with our driveway built and cleared of the jungle that previously resided there, it was time to get some privacy.

You can see from this picture of Joe and his dad laying the concrete driveway, that anyone from the main road could see straight down to the end of the garden, and if they really wanted, could see me doing the dishes at the kitchen window.
But now, we have a lovely new fence…..and about a trillion leaves. Cheers Autumn!

We were tempted to paint it bright blue just like the front fence but weren’t brave enough.
For anyone interested in the actual colour, here is Joe modelling the paint: Cuprinol in Forest Oak.

Looks good no?
Karen x

Demolition caught on film

The weekend at the house included a fair bit of demolition in the garden. And I wish I could take credit for this, but to be honest, I’m a bit pants at the whole DIY thing and have the upper body strength of a flannel (not sure that even makes sense! Either way, I’m a weakling.)

Joe was an absolute trooper and bashed out the concrete posts on the front which will eventully give room for us to build a driveway. He had the most enormous blister on his hand that I have ever seen by the end of the day. But he was in his element. D’awww.

I was given the challenge of kicking down the weedy little fence at the front which was already half falling off. As you can see, I wasn’t very good, and Amy just watched and laughed (which is typical because she is as strong as Hercules.Sisterly love eh?)

Following this “success”, I was then given a task in the back garden; to trim some trees/bushes. Sounds simple enough. But I couldn’t even get the chainsaw running…

The petrol was run out I promise! (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it…)
Anywho, we eventually got it going, and I managed to break about 2 twigs after some help from Andy (Joe’s Sister’s hubby-to-be) before going off on a strop because I’m just bloody useless.

This blog should be re-named “Karen fails at DIY“. I will get some videos of Joe up soon to show you how to really do up a house.

-Karen x

Never thought I’d be blogging about a fence…

A really nice suprise when we arrived on the Saturday morning was that some fences had already been delivered for the front garden. This was courtesy of Joe’s Aunty and Uncle (Debbie and Alan) who had already been to the house and made measurements the week before we moved in. How freakin’ cute is that! It was just an awesome moving present.
Even moreso if you look at the fence that was originally with the house. Unfortunately it was falling apart and added to the fact that the house looked abandoned – something we wanted to change quicktime. Here’s some piccies of the changeover.

Byebye original fence

Hello new fence

Joe's Aunty Debbie, Uncle Alan, and Cousin Ryan, helping clear by the side of the house. This will eventually be a driveway.

Joe's dad Peter knocking down some concrete posts.

My sister Amy battering the fence with a spade!

Joe's dad (Peter) and Uncle (Alan) re-positioning the concrete posts

Ladies with the best seat in the house! (From left to right, Joe's mum, Carol, Aunty, Debbie, and Sister, Sam)

A group shot next to the new fence panels. Why not? From left to right: Bottom: My sister Amy, me, Joe's mum, Carol. Top: Joe's dad Peter, Uncle Alan, Sister Sam, Aunty Debbie, Cousin Ryan.

I feel bad that Joe isn’t in many of the pictures so far. He’s been behind the camera! I will get some more of him soon for sure.

I have some videos of Joe destroying concrete slabs and me (trying) to destroy the wooden fence with a spade, but I’ll save that juicy stuff for another time.

– Karen x