Monday, April 27, 2015

I've Been Working

A few posts back I finished our lounge room renovation and now I've moved to the task of the dining room. While doing this, Sue is restoring a sideboard that will go in the dining room. It's a piece of furniture that I bought many years ago when I had a antique and classic (and junk) shop in my pre-Sue era.

The colours flowing through the house are Antique USA for the walls and white and vivid gloss white on all the woodwork. When we first renovated the house, a 1929 Californian Bungalow, we researched the heritage books and faithfully followed the colors of the era.

Part of the charm of the Cal Bung is the cross over from the Edwardian period.
They call our Dining Room, the Breakfast Room in our period restoration book.
Note my tools of restoration.
All the dark original colours require quite a lot of preparation for the lighter more modern colours.
This is the other side of the door above.
With the plan to sell in September this year, we have been advised that the demographic that might be our market will want a more neutral colour pallet. (that's real estate talk).

The deadline is looming quickly and I have two rooms to complete - the dining room and then the total revamp of en suite to our bedroom. Then there's the garden and a general spruce up of the exterior of the house. We've been here for over 30 years and we have so much clutter. Looks like a garage sale and a few eBay ads could be on the "to do list".
Most of the day was sanding and preparing for the first coats of paint. I actually was able to get some paint on the ceiling straps before returning to real work.

The dining room flows into the lounge room. Once the dining room is finished, we get the floor sanders in to  enhance the Baltic pine floors to a lush honey colour.
We will retain many of the original features such as the light fittings.
And the door furniture.
Sue's resto project - We'll show you the finished product soon.
The clock is ticking away to our deadline of putting the house on the market in September. I may just have to  dive in to the bank account to get some help soon.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Well, yes there is a Doctor in the house but he's not that kind of Doctor. Our son Andrew graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy last Thursday. Andrew Cameron Sims was one of six at the graduation ceremony that had the opportunity to wear the silly hat - we are very proud.

His thesis was entitled, "The Very Idea of Psychodynamic Neuroscience". Hey, don't ask me! I have no idea what this is all about but those at the VIP drinks and nibbles seemed most impressed with Andrew's achievements (as we are). His dedication and work ethic has awarded him with an outstanding achievement.

Andrew's life will be as an academic and probably in a country outside of Australia. Opportunities for such minds in Australia are very limited and so he hopes to settle in Europe before the end of this year - most likely in the Netherlands.
Let me be the first to say that Andrew's academic talents come from his mother.
It was a double celebration for us a parents as our other son, Mitchell starts his career in the travel industry after two weeks of training with STA Travel. Both our boys are much travelled and we expect that Mitch has found a career that gives him fulfilment.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kyneton on a Friday Drive.

Since going to a 4 day working week, I start off with an early morning training ride and return home so Sue and I can take off for a destinantion to enjoy a drive and lunch some where. This Friday was no exception. In fact we returned to the area of Woodend, Kyneton, Hepburn Springs, Daylesford and the town that seems to have captured our imagination, Trentham.

A stop off at Kyneton for coffee, tea, vanilla slice for Sue and a quiche for me at a local cafe/bakery was a delight. A little wander around the main street took us back to the car and we found this wonderful wall in the form of a tiled mosiac. The tiles were both creative and moving as they were a commemoration to past bushfire that ravaged the district. February 2009 was the year that Victoria became ignited througout the state.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday

My father Jack on the left, Beryl his sister in the middle and Les his younger brother to the right.
Both Les and Beryl passed away many years back.
My father is now 94 and the oldest surviving member of the family. I guess that makes me the second oldest in our family tree. Scary stuff.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Autumn in Melbourne - Wednesdays in France

You may have noticed the new masthead - its autumn in Melbourne and our big tree is dropping leaves all over our back yard. Never mind, I just remembered its Wednesdays in France so here's our back yard and a past France photo.


In Thenay - near Montrichard on the Cher.