05 January, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a good start to the New Year. I love that the holiday period is relaxed and people are still in that festive feeling and one day rolls into another, the kids are on holidays and the evenings are just casual summer dinners inside or out maybe a BBQ, friends drop in for a hello and a cuppa. I love strolling around the garden especially after the lovely rains we have just had and see everything growing and producing their bounty of fruits and vegs, the greenness of the grass and hearing the frogs and night life in the dams and creek.

As usual life has been busy around here with so much going on. All the concrete slabs have been poured for our new Church and the buildings will start next week. People are amazed how fast the project is moving and how much we have accomplished.

See that water tank there on the right hopefully that will be coming to my place so that it can be cut up into three raised beds for my veggie patch :)

The truck and crane used to pour the concrete for the slabs.

This is the front main building, the last one to be poured.

Check out that crane! The contractors have been fantastic and everything has gone smoothly especially this was just before Christmas.

Now this is my dining/kitchen area and Dave surprised me for Christmas with new flooring and I was so excited that finally we could pull up the old flooring that was part carpet (yuck) and part linoel, it was really old and look disgusting. We were going to sand the floor boards but some parts needed to much work so we went for a floating floor that looked like natural flooring.

Dave, my hard working, talented hubby has so many jobs going I don't know how he keeps up but he likes to make sure everything is done properly and no corners cut

The kitchen is coming together nicely, check out that flooring, very nice.The skirting around the kitchen cupboards is finely done and it won't belong and we can start painting.
We finally had the much awaited rain on Christmas Day and it kept coming, we watched in great delight the dams filling up, the water tanks filling up and the water just flowing in the creeks and water ways.

Just look at it, amazing. One farmers wife I talked to before Christmas said they only had about three weeks of water left in most of their dams for their live stock.

This was good rain that soaked into the ground.

A few of our cause ways were flooded but in the truck it was exciting crossing them, just to see and hear the water was refreshing.

Dave had another surprise for me, he got the timber to do the laundry room and the back door. I know it is another project but they are all connected and once Dave gets started he works to get it done and the finished product is going to be amazing. Where you open the new back door we will be putting up a deck which will go along the back of the house

And when go out the back door you will see my veggie patch, which has just boomed with all the rain and sunny weather. i thought this year will be terrible for the veggies but it has just taken off.

At the moment I have growing a variety of squashes, egg plant, celery, lettuce, a variety of beans, snow peas shallots, onions, potatoes, a variety of tomatoes, spinach, corn and variety of herbs. Not bad for a late start and the lack of water.

Our yard is greening up nicely and sheep in the paddocks are just loving the new green shoots. Well that's about it for the moment I hope all is well with you all :)

6 comments:

Michelle said...

I was just thinking earlier today that it had been awhile since your last post; so glad to see this today! Strange to read all the "summer" talk around the holidays....

Out Back said...

Wow what a nice lot of rain.

Wishing you and your family a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Tania

white_lilly said...

Hi Michelle, I know its strange having summer fun here and seeing your wintery weather of snow and blizards. I love your two doggies they are gorgeous :)

Thank you Tania It was so nice lying in bed and hearing the rain falling on the roof and the padocks look so lush and green, we just hope now for the follow up rain. All the best to you and your family for the New Year :)

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Grammy said...

I love all the work you are getting done to your house and garden. I saw the shelves below. Now you have a good deal of storage. Happy new year to you to.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! Such a different contrast between the US and Australia! And look at all that green! All I see is WHITE snow! lol!
Hooray for the rains. I know they are like gold there for you.
And congrats on the new kitchen flooring and all the other projects that are moving forward so successfully, including the church!

Merry Christmas AND Happy New Year to you, too!


~Lisa

white_lilly said...

Hi Ernie!Hope you had a lovely Christmas and that the New Year will be exciting for you. Im loving your creative art on your blog :)

Thank you Lisa,a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. I love when I'm feeling hot and sticky I can check out your blogs and get the feel of your cold snowy weather as I lick on my iceblock (ice cream)

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