Today marks the one month anniversary of getting the keys to this house. A month since bizarre accusations of stealing and tummy bugs and homelessness and all the rest of our drama-filled beginning.I'm happy to say things have been smoother sailing since.
We've achieved a lot in a month. Almost all the rooms in the house, save the third bedroom and the pantry are now clean and in use. The grounds have been cleaned up and the massive process of weeding begun. Tanks have been cleaned, plumbing fixed, smoke detectors got back to a functioning state. This week, I painted the bathroom floor a gloss white to try and disguise the terrible old boards on the floor there.
Dan also picked up some French doors to match the existing ones from a salvage yard. They will be installed where the internal window is, so we can begin the process of securing the house from the verandah and then begin to take off that verandah cladding. There is a floor plan up top under 'architectural tidbits' if you're curious - it might help make more sense of what I'm saying.
I think the best thing we'e achieved in the last month - and certainly the biggest surprise- has been getting to know so many of the neighbours. Not just a few chats over fences but playdates and house visits and numbers exchanged. One neighbour is determined to get Lucinda on a pony, something she has so far resisted. Everyone has been welcoming and told us how happy they are that 'the ferals' have left the area.
Thanks to people reading for your kind messages over the last month. I have been hopeless at responding to most, or visiting any other blogs, as Internet is still difficult to access. Not much longer! Our dish is on its way.
Finally, I have done another video tour showing the outside of the property. As soon as i can upload it to You Tube I will do so!