It was a big week!
Firstly there was packing and cooking meals and the usual stuff!
Then I was heading to the farm on Tuesday. Before I left I made Mum some gluten free scones.
Mum really likes these! 😊 Dad said they looked so good and I told him they were gluten free then he lost interest. lol
This week we had so much rain. A lot of Australia is in a terrible drought but we had a week of rain. It rained all night before I left and at the farm it also rained heavily all night.
Much of the farm looked like a lake...
It was so wet Mum had Mountain Ducks on the front lawn. When I was driving around I heard so much noise! I thought what on earth is that? I stopped and wound down the window.... the noise was just thousands of frogs!
This trip I learned a lot. The first thing is I need to change my car to a four wheel drive. The drive from Mum and Dad's to our house I cannot even attempt when it is wet like this in my little city car.
I went to see how our house is going in Mum's car. After being used to a small car I felt like I was driving a monster!
There was activity at our house. A lot of activity! Thanks to Dad and Mum I have a big help with this project. There painters in there! Having always painted myself and after I did this whole house a couple of years ago I am so thrilled at having help. I do not have to paint it!!!!
This time I could look in all the cupboards and everything. Old window treatments are down and I have a bare house. It was amazing! I went armed with measuring tape, note books and lists.
It was so much fun! I have a lot of cupboards! Most things were covered in paint drop cloths so I still didn't end up with many photos. And things like windows have not been cleaned in YEARS.
However all the windows are big and gorgeous.
I can see the old stone chimney from the spare room window. I really like that chimney!
I took measurements in my pantry so I can plan my shelves! This is one corner or the pantry...
This will be all fresh and white soon!
There are also great utility cupboards, two linen press cupboards, built in cupboards in all the rooms. The garage is big too so if we wanted there is storage space in there. And the laundry is ridiculous and I am going to think about that but I am going from a tiny laundry to a huge one!
As the painters had undercoated almost everything things already were transformed and were beginning to look clean and fresh. It was so exciting.
Meanwhile back at home Andy went and got new tap ware and new vanities for the bathrooms. Next we have to shop for lighting.
I chose paint colours and the kitchen cupboards were the biggest decision! And in one of those cupboards was the original manual that came with the stove!!!
I timed the distance between Mum and Dad's and the house, between Chloe's and us etc.... it is seven minutes to get to Chloe's!
There have been big storms and trees down. Mum's friend Di brought a big box over for me. Guess what was inside!?
The hugest nest I have ever had! It came down with a tree. She knew I would love it! And I have plans... you will see when I do my mantle piece! Seriously, I told Di you could not give me a nicer gift!
On the way home I called into a op shop. (That was yesterday.) I found Harper a book of Princess weddings! She will love this. We have been telling her about weddings a lot because of Chloe's wedding coming up. Now she is a wedding enthusiast!
Also I got a bargain! I have never bought anything from Enjo because of the prices. But there was a pile of Enjo cleaning cloths. I asked the lady about the price. She said how about $6 for the lot?
So I grabbed all five. When I got home I googled the uses and prices. I knew they were expensive but these are around $50 EACH! They are in good condition and clean but I washed and disinfected them last night.
We are heading back to the farm together to start working. We have heaps to do. Andy will start on understanding the water tanks and pumps, irrigation, cutting wood and fire preparedness. I will start on scrubbing the giant kitchen sink, steam cleaning the bathrooms and laundry and windows...
So that was my week!
How did you save, get ahead, improve your pantry or preparedness and build up your home? I hope it was a good week for you. It is good to take stock of what we achieved. Rest, restore and plan some more! Have a beautiful weekend! xxx