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, 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 !!


  1. wow...the front has a nice green look to it. I am no plant expert but yeah the Magnolia Tulip does look like its pointing in the wrong direction.
    Nice work by John with the deck. Will be doing couple of decks once we move in too (front and Alfresco). If you don't mind me asking but did John maintain a gap between the slab and the joists and what is the black bit between the top boards and the joists ?

  2. Not sure about the Magnolia, give it a dose of Seasol tonic and see how it goes, if its still green inside then its not dead!!!

    Well done John on a magnificent job with the deck, it really does look stunning, in fact your whole front garden looks stunning.

    I only hope mine will look half as good in the future.

    You know what they say, a man's gotta have a hobby, so the back yard will be John's next hobby, just think, this time next year the back will be done as well and you can just sit out there, glass of red in hand, admiring all your hard work!

  3. Looks Fab!!

    John did a magnificent job on the deck and the shutter on the sidelight looks lovely :)

    As Janine said, if its green inside (snip a bit off somewhere) its ain't dead yet! Hope it springs back to life for you.

  4. The pics don't do your garden justice Deb. It's so lush and inviting in the flesh.
    I had a laugh out loud moment at that one of John looking up at you taking a pic of him working. I can only imagine what he said... LOL :)

  5. A and A - Getting excited....your close now and planning decks. John's done a few, I will get info for you.

    Janine and Shayne - your next Janine and I know your a keen gardener; lots of fun ahead.
    Looking forward to your landscaping update Shayne.

    I have given the Magnolia Seasol/Powerfeed, organic compost etc...I agree, time to snip and scrape to see what is green! So sad.

    Reinsey, your the photographic guru with that special touch. I love the lushness of gardens on twilight walks.

    Yep, lucky no audio on our camera.
    About to start Pergola/Wall at Alfresco; all those tools geeeeez!