Of course, as soon as we started removing the roof from the existing house to tie in the new section, the months-long drought broke and it poured with rain. Luckily John the builder had a huge tarp to cover it with. At least it’s good news for the farmers!
The steel frame for the front balcony has been put up now, too. I didn’t realise quite how big it would be, but it’ll be great for parties on hot summer nights!
November 28th, 2002
A little more progress has been made, with most of the walls erected for the back section of the house. Now we’re starting to get a good idea of how big the rooms will be.
November 21st, 2002
On Friday the 1st of November, Megan and Grace picked me up from work in the afternoon and we drove up to Forster for a long-awaited holiday. Megan’s aunt and uncle, Marion and Brian, own a holiday unit just a stone’s throw from the beach, right near the main street of Forster. They very generously offered us the use of it for the week.
We arrived quite late on the Friday night, so we spent most of Saturday relaxing and scoping out the area. A stroll along the waterfront to the tourist information center netted us a stack of brochures on places to go and things to do. We had lunch at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels (a great pie van), bought some fresh mangoes on the way home, and then flaked out.
On Sunday, we drove up to Blackhead for the local markets. We bought a Christmas dress for Grace and a couple bags of fresh fruit and vegies.
Monday was Craft Day – we visited Australia’s only Amish shop at Nabiac, and checked out Forster’s local craft center. Once again, we relaxed in front of the TV in the afternoon.
Tuesday was a beautiful day, so we took Grace down to the beach for her first ever swim.
On Wednesday, I tried to get some sunset photos down at the river before we went for a delicious dinner at Divino’s Italian restaurant.
On Thursday, we drove around the Myall Lakes area a bit and checked out some of the local beaches. They were stunning.
Later that evening, I headed down to the river again to try to get some more sunset photos. This time I used a warming filter, and drove around to the oyster leases looking for some interesting subjects.
Megan’s morning sickness was starting to get worse by this stage, so we decided to come home a day early on Friday.
November 12th, 2002
The wall frames for the fourth bedroom are installed. Now we’re really getting a feel for what the new house will be like!
November 12th, 2002
Mum and Dad came up for lunch today to celebrate Mum’s birthday. We had a delicious lunch at the Harbourside Brighton in Kiama – always good food, good service, and reasonable prices.
November 11th, 2002
The bearers and joists went in out the back today, and the flooring was laid on top.
November 9th, 2002