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Monday, 14 December 2015

Renovation progress and hospital.

We have been pushing hard on the renovations as William was booked to go to hospital to have his tonsils, adenoids, and nose passages cauterised to help with his breathing.

He is in theatre now as I peck this post out on my phone to distract myself from waiting.  So if you pray, please pray for him, his Drs and nurses, and for a smooth recovery.  He went under absoloutly cacking himself with laughter from the gas, which was infectious amongst us of all in the room!  He has great Drs and nurses and I'm confident he will be just fine.  

We have brought his precious "Oscar bear", "Barkley dog", his raggedy rug I made him years ago, his own pillow to bring him comfort.  As well as a bunch of DVD's.  

We have been pushing to get the renos done so he comes back to a clean, fresh, familiar home.  I can't wait to unpack our stuff!  To fluff my nest and make it "homely" again.  We have been kinda camping in the house amongst the renos until now.  Though we are doing really well.  The lounge is done except a couple of small jobs, it needs skirting painted and installed, and the fireplace needs its repairs but other then that it's done.  The hall is simply waiting for the flooring, which Grant will do tonight before we get home from hospital and the master bedroom needs its timber sash window painted, skirting and floors laid.  So we are a week out, but very nearly there after some hard days work and late nights.  

This is the salt damp treatment we are putting in the walls.  It's a special kind of thin silicon based/water resistant chemical.  First you drill into the walls at a particular height at a downward angle then pump this stuff into them.  The stone absorbeds the chemical and the wall above the chemical dries out, creating a membrane in the wall that the damp (and the salt it brings with it) sits under, creating a damp course in the walls.

I attempted to take on a supervisor role of the painting situation! 

But promptly got the sack and sent up the ladder to paint the fiddly wood work.....doh! 

Grant's busy laying the laminate flooring.  This was a real compromise for me.  I LOVE natural materials, and really wanted oak timber floors but doing this cottage on a shoe string budget ment it just wasn't possible, no matter how I crunched the numbers.  But this stuff is strong, durable, simple to lay and we can easily do it ourselves which adds another cost saving element.  It's also low allergen for my highly allergic-to-everything William, which has been a central consideration in all of the plans of this home.  

I actually forgot to take photos of the room finished last night!  So you will have to wait until tomorrow so I can show you.  ;) Anticipation and all that.  

Well, I best get going back to the ward and wait for Will to come down, my coffee is about finished and I'm ready to look after my sensitive boy who I predict is going to be especially miserable about the whole thing.  

Much love, 
Emma
Xx


  

18 comments:

  1. I got to this Monday, and hope all is still well. :)

    I look forward to seeing your finished rooms, as well as hearing how Williams operation went.

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    1. I only wrote it Monday dont worry. ;) He is doing really well, much better then I expected! Xx

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  2. All the very best to young William.

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  3. once again the dynamic duo achieving miracles in a cottage after the heartbreaking fires and all the time keeping life in perspective - maybe with a dribble of red. I look forward to seeing those dreads you promised yourself. I must admit if my grown kids and grandchildren heard me saying that they wouldn't believe it, but go girl you deserve it. Annie Jones

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    1. They are booked in for Late January, don't worry! The girl is taking a break till then. :)

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  4. Here's hoping for Master William to have a speedy recovery. Hoping also that his Mummy and Daddy get some much needed rest in their efforts to get their little home all sorted out.

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    1. Thanks, I do think we might be due a date night that's for sure. ;) xx

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  5. Emma, all the best to William for a quick recovery. My my, you and that hubby of yours are hard workers. I can't believe that we used to have the energy to renovate this old place years ago when we were younger.

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    1. Oh cool, do you have and photos of the works you have done? Would make a great blog post! :) and my energy seems to be lagging fast! ;) xx

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  6. I hope William is recovering well, I do so love his raggy quilt. I should get back to some more sewing for my kids, well after the Christmas presents are made for nieces and nephews that is.
    I giggled a little at you painting...you see I'm not 'allowed' to paint. Hubby is somewhat of a perfectionist and apparently I put too much paint on the brush. You won't see me complaining though...I don't like painting anyway.
    Cassandra xx

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    1. The great thing about working on old cottages is that nothing is ever "perfect" to begin with which is quite freeing! There are already drips and bangs in the woodwork so my "imperfect" work is just character adding! haha! :)

      I dont mind a bit of painting, though I dislike the heavy awkward rollers. A hour or two at a time is ok by me. :)

      xx

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  7. hope little William is healing well
    the cottage is coming along nicely, can't wait for the final photos, love old houses
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Thanks, he is healing ok, tired today and fragile. We started to get stuff from the sheds but its all covered in ash...So will have to wait till its all washed down, then brought in, then Ill take photos. :)

      xx

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  8. I hope Will is recovering well. Haha.. a glass of red always makes late night painting a little easier to bear. (Written by a woman who has just imbibed in her 5pm glass of bubbles and can't decide if it's bear or bare) :)

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    1. haha! I usually go with bare, as I figure its like stripping back "hard to bare" but I'm not actually sure if it is correct, It often stumps me. I probably should google it one day but I usually take a punt either way. ;)

      I have been meaning to ask Sally, do you sell your farm produce at markets or anything?

      xx

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    2. Lets go with bare then. :) We have only ever been to markets twice and it was awesomely overwhelming in the best sense. It was a lot of prep work though so for now we sell our wares from our Farm-gate shop just outside our gate and welcome shoppers to phone or knock on the kitchen door if they require a refrigerated item or are picking up their orders.

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    3. Hmm, will have to search your blog for your farm gate store details next time we are in the Barossa I think. :)

      Xx

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