Saturday, September 26, 2009

I'm back!

Well I've been a little bit busy since the turn of the year!


We had a fortnight of tempatures in the high thirties vearing to early to high forties on a couple of days- this was okay to begin with as there is no humidity but after a few days and nights (oh yes, it doesn't drop much at night!) I was over it. Thankfully most of the time was spent at work and therefore not our air conditioner that was worked to full capacity. The dog coped reasonably well with the help of a very kind neighbour who kept an eye on her. It was way too hot to stay outdoors for any length of time - thank goodness for shopping malls.


Mum came to visit, landing on the last day of the heatwave, for us that was not her! When she wondered why I wasn't going outside with my cuppa to sit in the lovely sun, I suggested that she could sit out if she wanted but I didn't advise it - didn't take her long to go out and come back in to the air conditioning!!!! We spent alot of time in the car travelling all over South Australia to all the local tourist spots and at the weekend to dog shows! She'd never been to a dog show at midnight before, in a sundress! When I showed her where we were going to be building our house, we were pleasantly surprised to see that they had actually started to do the foundations - we were to return every few days to see the progress. The Gold Coast was our next destination. As seems to be the norm when we go to there, it was torrential rain for the duration of our stay, but it made everything appear very green compared to that brown of South Australia. Onwards we travelled to Melbourne by air and then by car via the Ocean Road back to Adelaide. The Ocean Road changes scenery with the seasons, as this was the 2nd time but in a different season it was interesting again. Adelaide was to be our last day of sightseeing but we never made it - on the Sunday night, luckily, we were checking the flight times for the Tuesday only to find out that mum actually flew home the next day!!!! It was rush and an early start but she saw the pigs and bought her opals before catching her flight home.


The weather turned colder. Never thought that I would find 15 deg cent cold but now, it may as well be 2 deg. The job I'd being doing for the past 5 months took me on permanently.


Dog agility shows and travelling all over the state seemed to take off this month. The temp didn't improve and the rains came dwn and forgot to stop - made everything green again though and they really need it here in SA.


Our rental agreement was due to run out, but our house (new build) wasn't ready. We renewed the lease for three more months in the hope this would be all we would need. The weeds were growing like triffids but the rain was still coming down at the rental and the grass was no sooner cut when it needed cut again.


We get word that our house will be ready early July and we start to prepare for the move. I also have to prepare for the first of my Insurance exams - not studied anything for over 20 years - help.


My husband is diagnosed as having a hernia. Within 2 weeks he has had the operation and 3 days later we got the keys to our new house - talk about timimg!!!!! It turns out that the tiler can't lay the tiles because the floor's not flat enough, they deliver the wrong tiles and can't get the ones we want, find new tiles but can't get a new tiler for several weeks,there is no electricity supply to the house yet either - can anything else go wrong??


With most of the problems fixed to some degree and the tiles and carpets now down, moving day approaches. It was almost cheaper to move half way round the world than thirty kilometers! They did start at 7am on a Sunday though. It was an interesting few weeks with no curtains and living in a fish bowl but atleast the rest of the street was empty. We eventually got rid of the rental and retrieved our bond money in full.


We have a pool - not an inground/above ground pool but a natural, courtesy of the torrential rain one night. Several trenches have been dug and most of it has gone on it's merry way to next door.... We now have fences all round and a driveway and front lawn. New furniture has been bought and the rooms are full, garage has been emptied and the cars and bike now reside there. We also have a new addition to the family in the form of a ragdoll cat. We nolonger have one wild child but 3. The cat and dog are the very best of friends, although the dog threatened to kill the cat on the first sighting - now I wish they would leave each other alone to sleep peacefully rather than play on two levels - cat round the furniture, dog on the floor - child never far behind either.
Back to dog shows soon.....


jeek said...

Nearly fell of my stool laughing at some of your antics Julie. Glad to here everything's turned out OK in the end though. I'll be looking for regular news now!!

Pyatshaw said...

Great diary of the year's events....and , YES, it was very hot, but, hey, who wants to visit Australia in the rain?!!
Just back from Belfast--remember your visit with baby Andrew and the rather rough crossing on the ferry over the Irish Sea?..slightly better this year.