Monday, December 23, 2013

Now that's a cubby.....

Well, we are 12 months in and with summer around the corner we thought it was time we got cracking and organised something special - cubby / fort style.

They say a picture says a thousand words so here we go,

The 'no-fort' pic's

The 'with-fort' pic's

Awesome fort that the boys just love.  Build complete with ground level sand pit and upper level fort with a side platform to support the 3m slide.  We decided to fill in the back wall and insert a blackboard for the boys to be creative. Its been up for two months now and the boys have spent hours in / on / under / around / up and down it already.  The flag was just a boys thing !!  Years of fun to come.

The fort came as a 'flat pack' type of thing from DFR Cubbys in Pakenham.  A small family business run by honest hardworking couple and they make to order.  No wonder Nic has orders all other the country (which he delivers and will construct for you personally if needed).  We try not to plug too much but well worth checking out if in the market for something special for the kids -

Until next time.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where the bloody hell are ya? ONE YEAR ON...

Yes peeps, we are still here!

Its has been 12 months since we moved in and it seems like so long ago that we were a midst the final tortuous stages of the build.

We have not yet signed off all of the issues from our 90 day service. We are still waiting on one thing...Anyone want to hazard a guess? Its the lowering of the dreaded gas meter, which has been a pain in our proverbial since about half way through the build itself (in excess of 18 months, I'd say). Ill post more about the 90 day service soon. There have also been a few things pop up in the past few weeks that also now need attention and fall within the warranty period.

The house is a work in progress... but from the moment we moved in, it has felt very much like we always have been here; like HOME!

Here are some of the latest pics of the front landscaping. There is still a fence and gate to come and something decorative on the front deck, and a nicer letterbox, but you get the drift.

Along each side of the driveway are Liriope Muscari with purple flowers.They are hardy little plants so ideal for the driveway.

A pretty row of Little Gem Magnolias, Gardenias, Azaleas and Christmas Bushes.

Fences have all been painted in the Colorbond match colour "Monument" to match the gutters and pipes. The backyard has also been totally painted, what a massive undertaking that was!

A gorgeous Port Wine magnolia in the centre, surrounded by 4 Gardenia Augusta low growing bushes. Cant wait for the scent of the magnolia!

A big thanks to my Dad for he;ping me with plant selection and taking me to Plantmark Wholesale Nursery (twice) to get the plants on a commercial account he has there!!!!

Hopefully there will be more posts to come soon :)

Kirst xxx

Friday, February 8, 2013

Deck the Halls...?

This post was scheduled to be completed prior to Christmas, hence the gratuitous Christmas reference in the title. But alas, life gets in the way and Cam only finished oiling the deck in early January.

Here tis'

Stumps and beams

Our nephew Patrick inspecting the stumps!

All ready for boards

Our friend Clinton, the talented chippy who together with his chippy brother Anthony built our deck.

The finished product, all oiled.
The timber is beautiful spotted gum from our local timber yard, Tait Timber and Hardware in Tooronga.

Our gorgeous front portico!

The deck was built using concealed screws called camo that are screwed in using a guide tool into the sides of each board and therefore are not visible on the boards themselves.

The edges are all picture edges to give a more polished finish.

There's some serious love here for our finished deck. It really softens the front landscaping and I am so happy that we used it!

Kirst and Cam!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Presenting the kids playroom!

Its a bit bare but given it gets covered with toys all over the floor on a daily basis... less is definitely more.

The obligatory Ikea Expedit units

Four Ikea Lack side tables being used together as a train table. The little red chairs are also Ikea.

If only it stayed like this...

Kirst xxx

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Lounge Room REVEAL

Our gorgeous King Furniture Modular Lounge and ottoman.

 TV unit from Nick Scali

Bally poster from Etsy Shop (that I will not recommend... its a long story).
Yellow bamboo vase from Freedom.

Yellow side table from Freedom

Matching cushions in Dandelion Clocks from Etsy shop Charles and Oliver in UK.
Yellow square and grey round cushions from Sheridan.
Yellow pashmina throw purchased in Florence on our honeymoon nearly 6 years ago! Cant believe the colour is back in vogue!

I'm still missing a few things like a lamp and a rug... All in good time and when the budget allows of course!


Monday, February 4, 2013


A little over 2 years ago, Cam and I began this blog as a way of documenting the building of our new home. We were only weeks away from having our second bub. 

It is hard to believe that 2 years has now passed and our little baby has grown into a curious, cheeky and lovable little boy.

Happy 2nd Birthday Hamish!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The green, green grass of home...

One of three pallets of turf.
The variety is a soft leaf buffalo called Palmetto. We got the turf from a company called Advance Turf.

Final preparations to the soil base

Big thanks to our turf helpers, brother Cam and mate Travis (above)

Finishing off the back

Watering it in...
Putting the finishing touches of sand on.

How lush is this???

The special helper Hamish in his new