Monday, March 31, 2008

Movin' on

Well, that's it, we're moving out now. After a couple of moves to stay in our place and rent it from the purchaser he changed his mind. We think that he probably found out that there are additional costs over the mortgage, like insurance etc. Last weekend we started the move properly - Nick borrowed a box truck from Richard and Rob and Jason came over and helped move heaps of stuff. My loom has been taken apart and is currently in the garage as it was too tall for the truck. Pretty much all of our books are in boxes and in the shed - which is now. My old loom room is covered in junk from out of the cupboards etc as is the spare room. Meanwhile we're looking for somewhere to stay for three - four months. I've looked on a couple of sites, and we've had a few, you can stay with us/mes but to be honest I'm not terribly comfortable about crashing with anyone for that length of time. And it could be longer too - mid-July's only the current estimate and its pretty dependent on lots of factors. We're still very busy with decisions about the new house. I've been seeing Chrissie at Alectra about the paint etc colours and that's almost sorted and we're seeing the lighting people tomorrow. Everything's firming up though and the house is looking great.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another Easter

Well, Easter has come and gone again, although unusually early this year. And of course Nick's birthday / baronial anniversary on the 23rd. The highlight of Easter for me was having our first SCA equestrian training day. We borrowed Suzie's (Nick's Mum) horses Sweet William (black) and Lovejoy (roan / grey) and Pixie/Louise/Jennifer brought her standardbred mare (whose name I forgot almost immediately) and Sam brought her mare Willow so with Lad we had five rideable horses and as Jenni joined us we had five riders. Which sounds ideal except that Pixie's mare was deeply in season and so Lad quickly had to be benched for the day (poor love). Also Lovejoy is young and silly and likes to buck so it ended up with Nick riding Lovejoy and me and Jenni sharing William (pictures are of us both on William - more pictures at Flickr). Not that we did a whole lot. Really the aim was to begin desensitising the horses to silly things like big sticks. Willow and William were just fine but Pixie's mare was very uncertain about the big bearded man with the big stick and took a bit of calming. After that Nick put up the five stands (space-saver tyre bases with a steel pole that will support the heads/ rings for the games) and we practised with the horses passing them close by, then clover-leafing around them in circles. Anyway all went pretty well and it was a good start. We're hoping to meet monthly for training and there may be other sessions to make stuff. The rest of Easter went OK. I was pretty tired the next day but on Sunday was up and out on the farm helping Nick plant more trees, grasses and some flax plants.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Actual plan

Here's the actual house plan. Now we're working on the landscaping.
This end is North aka the sunny side.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Well we've finally sold our house and just at the right time too really. It went unconditional yesterday and we have four weeks to settlement - which should be just a bit before we have to make the second big payment for the new house.

The guy who's bought it has suggested that we could rent it from him while ours is being finished which would be great, so long as he doesn't want too much. We'd still be stuck with the long trip our to West Melton so we'll have a look at our options - it might make more sense to move everything into the shed at the farm (which should be finished) and take a short-term flat of apartment or something similar.

They've not made a lot of progress on the house over the last couple of weeks but our manager Nick is leaving fro Australia and we've been moved onto a new guy, Dustin, who we met on Thursday evening. He seems pretty on the ball and is going to get in to some of the things that Nick wasn't confident were being handled, like the water heating situation with the solar and wet-back so we hope to see some real progress in the next couple of weeks and of course having just sold we'll be applying pressure to get things done asap.

Nick's off on a weekend trek with his Mum, hopefully next year I can go too so I'm just bumming around the house. Going out with Jenni tonight to see The Other Boleyn Girl. Might start a new gown for the (very late) Baronial Anniversary which isn't until next month (it should be the 23rd, Nick's birthday). If I'm going to do that I'd better go and get some linen to line it with.

Here's some pictures of the building:

From the end of the garage

The end of the building - our room and ensuite

From our bedroom end looking back up towards the dining / living rooms

The dining / kitchen end

Monday, March 10, 2008

House plans, well not quite

Just for reference, this is ALMOST what our house floor plan looks like.

We made changes to it ages ago but never got an up to date PDF - well I didn't anyway, maybe Nick has one. Anyway its going up pretty fast now and we're due to make our second payment - maybe tonight when i get home. It's pretty cool - you can wander around the rooms and get a feel for how big they are BUT you can walk through the walls still, which is to say that the framing is all up - next thing they put on the walls and roof. Then they can begin the interiors, and we can begin on the landscaping (not part of the build price unfortunately).

There's been progress on the shed debacle too. They came and poured a new floor in it and Nick seems to think that its OK. There are still a number of other issues for them to fix before we'll be paying them, but that was the toughest problem to fix. So hopefully we'll have a usable shed by the end of the month.

We're still waiting for fences - its hard when you're getting a friend to help. The two loaner mares went back last weekend as they hadn't gotten pregnant. A bit of a bummer. But there's still Lightning and Nick's talking about serving Zoe so we'd get another foal by her.

Jack's great - he just loves apples and will nuzzle you all over for them. Likes being brushed too apparently, but not so keen on being caught, or lead. But he learns quickly and all is going good in that respect.

I can't wait to be finally in the house and have everything sorted. Its been a long haul. We're under offer again and will find out next Monday whether it will go unconditional - crossing fingers.