Friday, February 22, 2013

6 months on - How time flies!!

Yep can you believe it? We have been in our new home 6 months already! So far things have been trucking along pretty well thankfully! I haven't been on Blog sites since my last update, so I am about to go back and catch up on where everyone else is at. As for us, we are about to have our 6 month (and first) maintenance visit next week. The only major* issue we have is with our front balcony, a relatively small section of the paint underneath has gone mouldy and cracked so it appears it is not draining properly, I hope they do something to fix it and not just pain over it! The only other things we have on the list is the microwave power point stopped working a few weeks ago for no apparent reason, and anything else is just very minor that was left over from PCI, all things we could have fixed ourselves if they really bothered us but as we haven't got around to it so I have put them on the list to be rectified. We have completed the landscaping down the side and Rick has built a small shed to put all the garden stuff in. Unfortunately I don't have the finished pics on this laptop so I will put them up in my next post after the maintenance guy has been and gone and include an update on how that went.

Looking at my last post the fence wasn't up then, but was put up a few weeks later, the small trees have started to grow at the front too, but I am having mixed success out the back, we also put in some vege gardens but the grass hoppers are eating EVERYTHING! I have been Googling and trying various home remedies but they are still beating me! It is currently a very costly exercise! We went to Ikea the other week and bought some shelves for Rick's "merchandising room" so he will be able to start unpacking his collectibles (I not dare say toys) and display them, but that is about all that is left to do. I have been baking quite a bit and trying new recipes in our new kitchen, having the space to cook certainly makes it a lot more enjoyable!!!

Finally have the pantry kind of sorted

We had made a small start down the side..but in the meantime the weeds grew!

Delivery of gravel to go under the pavers

More rocks, pavers and dirt for down the side.

This is a progress photo, I still haven't decided  what  shrub trees to plant, I can't make up my mind!!

This is the R2D2 cake I made for Rick's bday

There are blue and white M&M's, Milk bottles for feet and white marshmallows in the body

The house all decked out for Christmas

This is an old photo but gives you some idea of the back

The shed Rick put together on his own


  1. Your house is looking fab Mel!! Hopefully you guys dont have any problems with getting all your minor issues fixed!! We cant wait to move into ours and stock the pantry haha.. Not long now :) mali

  2. Hi Mel,
    Your blog couldn't have come at a better time for me as we are looking into building the Cedar 32 and its great to see what a REAL home looks like rather than being blinded by all the extras in the display homes. I have a long list of questions and apologise in advance for them! Lol. Are you able to tell me what your final building costs were, what extras you may have added in, anything you wish you could change, how the living, kitchen and dining rooms are for size now that you are actually loving there? Also was landscaping included in the cost of the house? My email address is Any help that you could give me at all will be appreciated more than you know! :)

  3. Hi Mel, thanks so much for your blog. My husband and I are planning to build our home and are in the process of researching builders, looking for land/house & land packages etc. Your blog will be so helpful! :)
    I just wanted to ask whether you considered building with OJ Pippin before choosing Metricon? Or if you know anyone else's experience of building with them?
    We are considering a house & land with OJ pippin but I'm having trouble finding online reviews/blogs of others experience. Also would you be happy to email me the costing of your home? My email address is we're are thinking of building something similar, so that would be a great comparison.
    Many thanks in advance :)

  4. Great collection and I sure wish I could write stories for these pictures!Look how lovely these are. I wish I could draw like this. I will miss you, my sweet friend. Looking forward to when you're back.I really appreciate all your comments, thank you! I’m back behind my desk and hope to start blogging again and catching up with all your lovely blogs in the coming days.............

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  5. Thanks a lot for a gathering of good tips. I look forward to reading more on the topic in the future. Keep up the good work! This blog is going to be great supply.

  6. Hi there,

    Thank you for such an informative site!

    We are in the early stage of building with M. We got pricing for the glass balustrade and is very high so we are thinking of doing it after handover. I noticed that you also did this? Did it work out well? My email address is


  7. great project, thanks for this information and tips on your blog.


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