A diary of our family's house building project in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. Also my ponderings on family life, living with Asperger's Syndrome, running an ebay business & a place to share my photography.

Monday, 7 May 2007


There are 120 of them. Eddie used his auger to dig 30cm deep , 30cm diameter round holes & we turned them in to 40cm square ones. Luckily we had plenty of rain before hand to soften the soil but almost none once digging began. We had our 1st building inspection when they were all finished last Friday & all is good.
Kim has finished the outhouse, nice to have a loo!
The gas has been connected & the trench has now been filled.
George & Barb (Kim's folks) arrived from Victoria week before last with 2 lemon trees to add to our ever expanding future garden. We have the beginnings of a good garden bed between the parking area & the house with a defined pathway through it that will lead to steps onto the deck.
We had a truck load of road base delivered last week which will be a cheap alternative to gravel & sand for out concrete pier supports, it was $150 for 8 tonnes as opposed to about $50 a tonne for the latter. We will also be making a concrete retaining wall along the back of the building site to keep everything contained. That will all happen this week. Then the plan is to get the shed up as we need it up by the 19th May for Chelsea's big 16th birthday bash.
We've just got back from my friend Penny's 40th birthday celebration on their lovely property near Buladelah between Newcastle & Taree. They have built their most amazing house & it is always inspiring to visit them. We have had our corrugated iron cladding stored on their 30acre property for the last 18 months or so (we've been buying building materials for about 3 years!0 so we loaded that onto the truck yesterday & are off to the block shortly to unload it, 60 sheets @ 6m long. The truck is paying for itself.
Still not getting much work done but my photo girl Emma is back at it this week (she takes my eBay photos for me) so I should get back into the swing of things soon I hope.

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