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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Moving Day started bright and early due to John and Luke glued to the Masters Golf on TV.....they had their priorities whilst I ran around like a headless chook.

Truck pulled up at 8.00 a.m. FULL LOAD at 11.00 a.m. All going to clockwork until Truck had flat battery!!

'No problem, we'll just push it' said the two Indian Removalists......'not me, I don't push trucks' says John.
Removalists and Luke proceeded to push truck down the street, even a workman tried to jump start, all to no avail.  Visions of my furniture sitting on the street, being unloaded and loaded into another truck or towed to The Avenue had me in meltdown mode.

Two hours later after Mr. Marshal had fitted a new battery we we're on our way.

Arrived at the house and just started to unload when the rain came down.....fortunately, with no side fence  the truck was able to backup near the Alfresco and unload thru the Triple Stacker Doors.
MUD!!!!  to save our floors John and I lifted what we could before the Removalists donned thongs and completed the job.

All our work in the last ten days had paid off....with cupboards/robes full and furniture now in position, day one in our new home looked relatively comfortable.

The bag lady.....no I couldn't get up!

Garage is another story -  no time for truck to complete a second load.  Mostly garage stuff in boxes; our little green trailer will be up and down Thompsons Road yet again.

First night both sleeping in our new bed - priceless!  We love our Home.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


How wonderful it is to walk into our home without a Site Supervisor or tradesmen rushing about, especially exciting not having to leave!

Day after Handover the remainder of appliances were installed - HWS, Stove and Dishwasher.  I inspected for damages as Carlisle allow 24 hours to report.  Straight into giving house a good clean...Carlisle left excellent but it is only a builders clean.  Scrubbed kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, removing grime, glue, grout residue etc.... phew!

Called SS as the garage door would not operate with remote controls - he promised to drop by.  In the meantime man arrived to fit-off ducted vacuum motor and was a gem fixing remote operation. It would appear when the garage door was returned following rectification brickwork it had not been re-programmed......instruction handbook was a War and Peace novel!

My first visitor - Reinsey with Mum and Nan in tow.  How nice to show my home, pity there was nothing to sit on and offer a cuppa....next time.

SS arrived - lucky remote was now working because he had no clue.  He looked far more relaxed than our last few weeks meetings! Reiterated how pleased we were with the house although disappointed with the render finish on the front pier - the pier light at night highlighted a very rough surface. Didn't expect to achieve much but half an hour later Renderer turned up and agreed he would return to re-coat and smooth pier - now that was a surprise!

Emptied boxes, tried out the ducted vacuum system and steam mopped the tiles whilst John scraped, etched and pressure washed garage floor in preparation for painting.

A Colorful Cartoon of an Exhausted Woman Falling Prey To Lassitude - Royalty Free Clipart PictureFortunately we are able to do a slow move - just wish every bone in my body would stop aching!

Neighbours and fellow bloggers breezed thru. We had our first family dinner when number one son (Jarrad) and girlfriend (Erin) joined us for Takeaway on camp chairs - special....who wants to use that shiny new stove?  Number two son (Luke) will be home on the weekend to help move the garage contents - he's so looking forward to that one.  This is our first home without either of the boys 'stuff', now that is something to get excited about! Although with a guest bedroom and spare bedroom; a grandchild would be well accommodated - boys?

Removalists are booked for 11th April so we have time to paint the garage floor and seal the tile grout.  A few walls to feature paint - will concentrate on Theatre Room before built-in cabinet is delivered. Cupboards/Robes are full and this weekend the garage will be organized chaos; generally moved everything except large furniture.

Woodstyle Venetians installed in Bathrooms, Study, Bed 2 and 3; finalized colour for roller blinds in Family and Theatre Room.  Plantation Shutters (gorgeous) arrived earlier than expected along with Masterbedroom furniture which of course involves updating linen, quilt/pillows etc.....looking for bedside table lamps and a few accent cushions.

New refrigerator and tumble dryer plus plasma for Theatre Room; boys happy to inherit old models along with multitude of furniture and stuff we have culled.

Heating and Cooling commissioned today and BonBon's door to be installed Thursday; she is back and forth to Luke's house until driveway, paths and fences completed - somethings going on and she's not too sure about all those boxes!

John's masterpiece - too good to drive on!

Plantation Shutters in Masterbedroom

Appliances installed