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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Down she goes!

We are once again in demolition mode.  Our yard is a discrace.  Piles of things to be taken to the tip, burnt, or to the metal scrap yard for cash. 
The cement being pulled up....

The verandah coming down.

The back porch and 3rd bedroom gone....

And Grant kindly leaving me a tiny corner of cement until the last possible moment for a clean path to the toilet and bathroom.

Look, I finally managed to make a proper loaf of sourdough! 

So good.  Like seariously wonderful.  This weekend I hope to make anough for a few loaves to last us the week.


Aggie is our faithful little follower, full of mischeif and little nippy teeth!  But gosh she brings us lots of joy.  Look, here her ears are nearly standing uptight. 

Much love,
Emma
xx



12 comments:

  1. Aggie is so very cute! Love her ears! Your bread looks good, I always get discouraged when I try to make bread because it never really works out well...I have found a couple of recipes I think I'll try though at the moment I'm working on my homemade yoghurt. Demolition looks thorough:) What are you building in the space? Meg

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    1. We are extending just a little, and there will be a small second lounge/nook area to sit in so the kitchen/lounge/dine will be one space, with the TV lounge remaining at the front. Then there will be a bedroom put back with a small, simple ensuite and my sewing room will end up attached with a new door cut and the old one blocked up.

      The old lean to was well past repair with rotton timbers/termite damage. The Original part of the cottage was not affected as its mostly stone.

      Home made yoghurt....another thing I can't master the way I want too. gah! ;)

      xx

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  2. Goodness you have been busy, Emma. It will be worth it when finished. I wish we had had the money to renovate this old place when we were young. Love your gorgeous doggie.

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    1. Well mostly Grant, I get the job of holding down the home fort. ;)

      Which frankly when I look at the timber, dust and twisted old iron I would much prefer!

      xx

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  3. Ohhhh Emma ...I do so feel for you. We were in the midst of alterations this time last year. I am here to tell you that it does get better. I so wished someone would reassure me this time last year when it felt like we would never be sorted again. Your sourdough looks amazing - well done!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend. x x x

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    1. This part is pretty good. The first 4 rooms were no fun. We spent months using our old kitchen caravan as the kitchen/dine in the middle of a long cold winter, all 5 of us in sharing a small bedroom room, the ceiling being pulled down, salt damp, plastering...Now we have a partitian with windows and a door to seperate us from the work which you can see in the 4th photo. Old office dividers bought for very little and will make the process that much nicer! Once the slab is back down it will be much easier.

      Somedays it drives me mental and I want to escape it all,and throw in the towel, other days I plod along doing my thing able to turn a blind eye. ;)

      xx

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  4. What an exciting time, such changes make a big difference to day to day life.Fingers crossed it will all be weather proof before Winter hits and you get help from friends and family, because everything always takes longer than anticipated.
    Congratulations on your lovely loaf of sourdough, such an enjoyable thing to do and it tastes so good. I have tried a number of different methods over 2 years but I am now having constant success every time with the way Chris from "Gully Grove " does hers, there are full instructions and easy to follow pictures too....thanks Chris !

    Good luck with keeping all the bits and pieces of demolition under control, your boys would find many ways of playing with such resources and learning carpentry and building skills along the way.
    If you can find some old beat up plastic milk cartons the bottoms cut off a few inches high will make great 'stepping stones' that keep your feet up out of the mud when going from kitchen to laundry.....have fun.

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    1. Yes, My FIL is a builder and has a few weeks off to come down and will help Grant to frame it all up properly. It will be clad with colour bond so that will go on quickly enough.

      Great idea about the stepping stones. :)

      Im so glad your sourdough is working for you now! Isn't it great to have good tutorials at our finger tips?

      xx

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    2. Glad it's working for you Margaret. Kudos to your determination! The more you use the starter, the more active it becomes. Griffin has taken a mini vacation at club refrigeration, in this heat. When the cold weather sets in again, I'll wake him up and (please remember) to do a post about it. :)

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  5. I meant crates, sturdy plastic mesh crates.....not cartons, the heat up here in Queensland is frying my brain.

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  6. wow that's a lot of demolition going on there, can't wait to see what you do & build, hope you keep us updated, are you putting a veranda back on?
    thanx for sharing

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  7. That first successful sourdough loaf, makes the learning process worthwhile. Well done for sticking at it, amongst renovations!!

    Speaking of which, is grant hiring a jack-hammer, to lift up the cement? I'm working on our cement verandah at the moment too (not demolition though) and the dust it kicks up, isn't so good on the old windpipes! But at least there's always an end in sight. Looking forward to seeing how you put the old place, back together.

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