I had some withdrawal from my online life..definately missed chatting to you all. I signed in at a cybercafe once to check my mail.. apart from that I was too busy cleaning and painting the bach ( holiday home). The tenant left it in a terrible state.. took me 3 hours just to clean the kitchen ceiling. I got to choose the colour scheme ( as well as paint it all!) it took a month and the bloke managed to break his foot two weeks into the holiday so after that he did a lot of 'supervising and directing". Up til then he had done a lot of chainsaw work.. there are still trees to remove, but it can wait til he's back on his feet again.
it's a 2 story, 2 bedroom bach, with 1 bathroom, a lounge and 2 sunrooms. Plus another bedroom/spare room underneath it, a view of the beach from the front sunroom. We also added a shadesail out the back to give us a patio seating area.
Project so far... it's scrubbed from top to bottom, the main bedroom and back sunroom have been painted and new curtains are up ( gold tuscan effect finish with sand in it and cream curtains). The kitchen was just gib .. so it needed plastering, sanding, sealing, new architraves and repainting.. ( kitchen was painted a deep red with white architraves..) The front sunroom had holes in the walls that needed plastering and I repainted it in the same red as the kitchen on one wall, the other walls and ceiling were painted a buttery mushroomy beige ( hard to describe but looks great!) Have also located wooden floorboards under the crappy carpet but the sanding and sealing of those will have to wait. The lounge is painted on three sides and the ceiling ( tuscan gold again with a red suede effects feature wall), however I ran out of paint for the feature wall and it's half done, took me a week to source another tin of the special effect paint for it..will finish that wall when we go back over in 3 weeks time ( just for a weekend).
Haven't done the bathroom yet and it needs a new ceiling and toilet system..
the room downstairs has a leak, crappy carpet and needs repainting. The other bedroom I think I'll paint azure blue.. it has whitewashed floorboards.. so that should work well.
My teen boys tackled the garden which was overgrown ( chest high grass!) Weilding a chainsaw and weedeater with a 'scorched earth policy' in mind..20+ trailer loads of greenery to the recycling depot later and it was looking great.
We picnicked / BBQ'd at the beach most nights and the kayak saw quite a bit of use too..Drank plenty of wine in the evenings, and many of our friends took the ferry over and slept on the floor in the weekends.. ( they were being nosy!) hehehe
Boys went fishing but didn't catch much.. we should get a little lock up built on the section and put a boat in it for them. Girls and I did a lot of op-shop shopping, looking for fabrics to make quilts with.. and we've got one started for the bach beds.. each room will have one.
On the whole a very productive holiday.
Oh and I have a tonne of wine to rack and bottle...