Wow it is nearlythe end of May and I have not updated the site for a little while. This is not because there has been nothing happening but because there has been so many small things going on.
Where to start. Well the insulation we had put into the walls along with the draught proofing and floor length drapes is worth its weight in gold. We now have a warm house right through the night without burning a whole forest. There are still things we are going to do. Pelmets are starting to appear, one in the spare room and one in the living room. A top hat on the exhaust fan in the bathroom is quite near the top of affordable small things to do as well.
Furniture restoration takes a wee while and Mandy & I decided to get some of it done so that we can use the stuff rather than have it stacked in the garage for that “one day!” Mandy repainted and upholstered a grand old throne like chair for the spare room while I sanded a piece of Macrocarpa that we had picked up in a salvage yard. It sat in the garage while I kept an eye out for suitable legs to make a coffee table. One day in Eco Salv the answer was spotted hiding beneath a table. Three old wind up car jacks!! Brilliant.
The plans for the extension are creeping forwards with a great roof design, much more of an idea how it is all going to fit with the house and the garage is no longer going to be strawbale but a good old aussie corro garage but with the coorugated colorbond on the horizontal to match the extension. We are now approaching Council with our ideas but of course they are at a snails pace in even returning phone calls, no surprises there! I will put up plans etc as they become available.
We would have received our $8000 rebate from the Federal Government for the solar system if the company who installed them had changed our bank account details as we asked. Now we are in the queue again waiting waiting waiting. We had our first bill from Aurora Energy and we had put back 100kwh into the grid in 50 days. Thats only 2kwh per day but that is all excess power and the days are getting shorter.
Finally the willow tree that we took down in November is all cut up into logs or rounds awaiting burning. I was doing a little at a time and getting nowhere fairly quickly when Wayne (our neighbour behind) and Frank, who was camped in our backyard for a while, got stuck in and a few hours later no tree. Talking of trees we had Mark come and trim trees from next door that were overhanging the house and veggie patch. They had not been touched for years and were getting very tall. He put the lot through his 13″ chipper and that was that. He is coming back with 10cubic meters of wood chip for the front garden at sometime soon though.
The last little thing was the ongoing paint removal and repainting of the house. As the Autumnal weather has been so gorgeous I stripped the next part of the front of the house and applied the Rockcote Ecostyle paint onto the weatherboards. It certainly improves the look of the place. This week it will be the large front window’s turn as the weather is still holding out although chilly in the mornings.