Well a lot has happened since our last update about our house and property.
We’ve had a water tank and trough delivered ready for the stock (Anyone in the Wheatbelt could tell you, you always take advantage of the Field Day specials! So we did and ended up buying 3 large water tanks for the house and sheds as well.) We’ve also purchased 160 ewe’s that are now munching down the thigh high grass happily. This really is fantastic news as we’ll finally be able to start fattening up our sheep and even better is this time next year we’ll have a heap of little fat lambs running around ready to be slaughtered and popped into our freezer.
I think that’s the best part of being on a ‘farm’. You can control so much of what you do and really live a fairly sustainable life. We’ll definitely also be having a big orchard, in fact I already have my fig tree growing in a pot out the back (which now has 4 new figs on it!) and best of all we will have a huge veggie garden. We grew our own herbs and veggies while we were living in Perth and there really is nothing like it! Being able to wander out in the backyard, barefoot and pick fresh cherry tomatoes off the vines ready for your dinner. Though I often found myself eating more than a few straight away; I tell you store bought tomatoes taste like nothing in comparison to warm fresh tomatoes picked and eaten immediately. I’m also looking forward to having a chook house, being able to have fresh eggs every day and nice plump birds ready to fill my freezer with once they stop laying. I think I get a little too excited by it all really!
The other rather exciting news is we’ve started colour choices on the house. A rather daunting task if any there was. The inside is all rather easy for me to visualize. Wall colours, flooring choices, even the layout and design of the kitchen. But that pesky outside! I have a hard time visualizing the outside colours and now we actually have to make a decision.
Of course as usual I am over thinking it. I feel there’s a lot of pressure on this house. I’ve only been thinking about it for the past 5 years and it is going to be The Forever Home. So I don’t want to get it wrong. Not that we won’t renovate down the track, but I’d like to be fairly happy with it for at least the next… 5 years?! OK, maybe 10.
We’ve also been encouraged to start making choices for the bathrooms, tiles, fixtures, fittings etc. I think that’s probably the other hard decision. I have too many ideas and options to really narrow it down now. I think I’ll have to return to my idea board and start trying to make a final decision.
I’m actually quite surprised by how fast it’s all moving. I honestly didn’t think I’d have to start making decisions until after the holidays. But with pre-start not far away and contracts being signed now I think construction will only be a couple of months away. We could even be in the house mid year rather than next Christmas!! But let’s not jinx it just yet.
So what else is happening with the property/house?
– Our new driveway will be going in shortly
– A huge pile of contracts need to be signed (GAH!)
– We need to go shopping and choose our new oven and range hood
– And tap ware and tiles, and bath and the list goes on!
– The house tanks will be delivered sometime this month
– We’ve had the surveyor’s already come out to look at running power into the property and survey the spot where the house will go.
I’m sure there’s a heap more to do and I’m already stressed just thinking about it! Add in the fact that we’re hosting Christmas lunch for 23 people from both sides of the family means we’re quickly running out of weekends to get anything done. Not to worry though, my sensible, well organised, bank manager husband is great at keeping me calm and focused (well some of the time anyway!).
So on that note, I think I best go make a few more lists and start trying to get things crossed off. I’ll update the house progress again in the new year, I’m sure there’ll be heaps to discuss. Now I’m off to find me a Fruit mince pie!