Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

After 35+ years of marriage, two wonderful sons, living and working in Australia, Sweden, UK and USA we are now 'just the two of us' plus a very spoilt Shitzu.

Following five years at The Sandhurst Club it is time to downsize. Our criteria - build a new home in a development within ten minutes of John's Sandhurst Golf Club, access to Monash and Eastlink Freeways, all new infrastructure and proposed services, recycled water and no Management Company or Body Corporate Fees.

We invite you to view our journey as we build with Carlisle Homes our 'Savannah 28' at 'The Avenue at Casey', a masterplanned community meeting all our criteria.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Backyard Progress......

Seven weeks ago construction commenced on the Pergola/Wall off the Alfresco in readiness for delivery of our Water Feature.  John with help from our son's, Jarrad and Luke worked weekends and the two days before delivery to complete.....a great job and thanks boys.  

Painting to be completed before we progress to fence painting, another Pergola over BBQ area and plants.

'Tree Hugger'
First Pergola post after concreting footings
Jarrad helps install Fascia Board

Luke helps erect Beams

Preparing for Water Feature base frame

Frame concreted into position and was packed with crushed rock

Cross Beams almost completed

Frame for Wall under construction
BonBon likes to get in on the action too!

Blueboard going up - front and back
Joins are taped and edge strips installed before grouting compound applied and smoothed

Dulux Medium Texture Render Paint in 'Aumbry'

This product exceeded our expectations - brilliant!

Guys from Water Features Direct

Crafted from volcanic stone, water shimmers down the 'Cherry Blossom' copper wall
enhancing the reflective properties of the metal
 A pond uplight at night is stunning

We shall 'Espalier' an Apple tree either side of the Water Feature
and train an
Ornamental Grape Vine on the Pergola  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spring at Our Entrance

Coupled with the football season (fanatical Essendon supporter) including finals tickets and enjoying a wonderful Pacific Island Cruise; John constructed the deck to our front door.  A plantation shutter in the sidelight window completes the entrance.

In the garden 'Spring' rewarded our landscaping efforts with lush greenery and blossom on the 'Weeping Cherry'.  I've never lost a tree but it appears our 'Magnolia Black Tulip' has curled up its toes.....do we 'cut back, remove or keep talking to it'?

I absolutely love daylight saving; between tee times on the golf course and enjoying summer we will now concentrate on the back garden.


Construction of the Deck.......

Picture Frame Edge

Fascia Board and Top Begins!

'Tools down' - off to the Footy!

Are We There Yet?

Last Board !!

Sunday, July 31, 2011


What have we been doing???? Cartoon of a Thinking Sun with His Hand on His Chin clipart

Following boundary fences the aggregate driveway, paths and alfresco were poured with irrigation and garden lights conduit installed.

We have concentrated on the front -
Brickie constructed a 3 metre long planter/letterbox adjacent the entry path to conceal the water meters and taps; a saga equivalent to Telstra..........
Clip Art Image: Man Digging Hole with a Shovelbut not before number two son (Luke) dug the foundation trenches and a tap was moved.

We then turned over the existing soil and installed treated pine garden edges.
Organic soil and compost was added to garden beds before plants and mulch.

Irrigation fit off was next followed by the spreading/levelling of gypsum, compost and sandy loam for turf.
Luke returned to help with turf laying.........wonderful to see green grass.

Lastly, feature box was waterproofed, filled with soil, planted and mulched; whilst the naturestrip damaged during construction was top dressed and re-seeded.

Front porch deck, leading from path and wrapping behind planter box is next on list.
2467-Royalty-Free-Woman-Gardener-Drives-A-Barrow-With-ToolsOur transformation from dirt to green oasis.
Happy Gardening.

Our Blank Canvas

Pouring Aggregate Driveway
Before Wash

Alfresco Formwork and Aggregate Pour

Foundation for Planter/Letterbox


John making sure that thing was 'square'

Brickwork before cleaning
Front Porch to Path and behind Planter will be Decked

Garden Bed edges in progress

Turf preparation

Turf Laying and Clean Bricks  - Finally some Green!!

Father and Son bonding moment!

Rolling Turf and John if he doesn't get out the way!

Are we there yet?

Clean Up Time

Our trusty 30 year old Trailer has worked hard

Ten days later......turf is establishing, Cycads are planted, Naturestrip is top dressed and re-seeded

Letterbox yet to have Stainless Steel Paper Holder and Numbers installed

'Cheal's Pink Weeping Cherry'


'Magnolia Black Tulip'
These magnificent buds are enjoying a burst of sunshine

'Good Morning' from my bedroom window