I know it won't last forever but just now I have two houses that are a complete mess!
In the city we are packing up, doing last minute renovations to get ready to sell in Spring. Even though we had done a lot and some areas look great such as the bathroom which we already renovated and all the painting I did there is still stuff to do to sell. And loads of packing.
And at the farm house there has been enormous progress! But that is a mess too with drop sheets and tins of paint everywhere, old lighting pulled out, cupboard doors are off, carpet pulled up...
Actually at the farmhouse it is exciting! As things are done I can see how beautiful it is. For instance horrible old carpet hid beautiful wooden floorboards. In the kitchen really old faded lino hid stunning natural wood flooring. So it is kind of a process of peeling away things to reveal the treasure underneath!
Our week consisted of packing and a trip down to stay with Chloe and work at the house for a whole day on Monday. That was a really good day! Builders were there, lots of activity. We worked on clearing around the house and I had a big bonfire as fire number one of a long series to get ready for summer.
Dad also came over to have a look. He looked so happy! He planned this for ages and here we were working and moving. So he was delighted. We walked through the house together and I was pointing out so many things I love.
Andy was also helping Luke with some welding. They were making fire pits out of old tractor disks. For them this was also fun evidently as they seemed to having a great time!
Andy spent his first working years welding. That was back when we went out when we were 16!
The fire pits look like giant sculptural flowers!
We met the cat. Andy does not like cats. They are right up there with goats on things he doesn't like.
However Herb worked on him for a fair while and possibly won him over a bit...
We needed to stay out of the way of builders so we worked in the yard. There are a lot of dead trees and fallen branches and only about eight weeks until fire season begins. So we cut wood, cragged branches and had a big bonfire.
At the end of the day we had cleaned up a couple of spots. I think we have about thirty to go! But it was good fun and we made an impact.
Out the front of the house it looks like this. But out the back the scrub has come close to the house and that is where we need to do a lot of work.
Chloe looked after us for two nights. She has the fire going and it is so nice. Soon we will be doing the same!
I took down butter chicken and sides to help on the first night. The second night Chloe did roast lamb and veggies and a cheesecake.
Now we are home pulling up carpet in one room that still has carpet over the top of floorboards. This is going to take today and tomorrow I think. And the mess....
I am just counting the hours until we can get back to the farm, see the progress and be working there. I think we have a few more days to go and we can head back.
I know that I just have to hang on and it will only be two or so more weeks until I am out of this mess and we can actually move! So each day that passes I am happy about!
Amongst all this we had some savings. Some were house related. We have tried to recycle, re use and get ourselves set up in the best way possible. I had some bargains too! I stocked up on hair colour for an amazing 33c a box (vs the normal $19 a box) and I gave one of these bargain boxes to Chloe. Well, she loved it and said can I get more? She was in total shock it is 33c as it is superior to the one she was using for almost $20. Yesterday I headed off thinking at this price I would be lucky to find more. But there they were. I bought a boot load. When I got home I worked out we saved over $1,770. Not bad!
I really hope this time next week I can report loads of progress.
How did you save, get ahead, build up your home or add to your pantry or preparedness this week?
It is amazing what a difference a week can make. Take every opportunity and make hay while the sun shines! Have a good weekend! xxx