Monday, November 19, 2012

What's Been Happening....

A couple of weeks ago I had 2 weeks holidays off work, but it wasn't a relaxing holiday.
I had to get my laundry and main bathroom floors pulled up which had water damage, which caused parts of the floor to swell and floor tiles to crack. I was able to claim it through my insurance so I didn't have to pay for it. A word of warning if you have metal hoses that connect from your basin tap to the water pipe, make sure keep checking them, as mine corroded and consequently the water went everywhere.  Luckily it was on a weekend and I was only out for a couple of hours.  When i returned the bathroom and the laundry had a couple of inches of water over it, ready to come into the kitchen wooden floors.  Anyhow, all that over with and a couple of months of waiting on a date, it is all finished and I am very happy with it.  It was so hard trying to find country look tiles as they are all the modern look now. I am still not sure if I am completely happy with the feature tile on the floor, but I love the terracotta floor tile and the topper tile in the bathroom just finishes it off.  I also had all the ceiling, walls and window frames repainted.
Looking into the main bathroom (before).

This is the laundry (before).  You walk through the laundry to get into the main bathroom.

This is looking from the laundry to the bathroom, yes, my fridge is in the laundry as it doesn't fit in the kitchen, they didn't allow room for a big fridge in the kitchen!
 This is what the old floor was like, a ply particle board, not what should be on a bathroom floor and there wasn't even any waterproofing on the floor, so that is why I had humps in the floor!
New floor, cement fibre, what a bathroom floor should be.
It's all finished, new floor, new paint colour on walls, and I got rid of the yucky green window and door trims. It has made it so much brighter.  They decided to put waterproofing up the bottom of the wall so we put a floor tile as a boarder. 
In the bathroom I already had tiles on the wall so I decided to buy a topper tile to go at the top of the tiles on the wall to finish it off.
This is close up of the feature tile, which I am still not sure of.  It is the closest country style looking I could get to match the floor tile without going back to the federation style which I didn't want again.
While I was at home for the 2 weeks, I made some more bread, practice makes perfect.
The first week I was home I caught up with my neighbour friends for lunch one day.  We just grabbed some stuff that was in our fridges and put it altogether and it turned into a lovely Ploughman's Lunch!
We enjoyed the lunch so much we decided to do it again the second week but we thought we would have breakfast this time...bacon, poached eggs, mushrooms, tomato, spinach, freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh home baked bread....delicious. I tell you what, I could handle not going to work anymore and doing this every week.
At the beginning of the year I planted a couple of Canterbury Bell plants, it took them a while to get going and I thought they were going to die, but they look great now.  I have never had this plant before but I think I will be buying some more to put through the garden.
The flower is stunning and it is quite big too.  I think it looks like a teacup and saucer.
My tomatoes, are growing like crazy. I have mini roma (which are more like normal size roma), gold cherry tomato, and red cherry tomato.
The beans are growing better now that they get more sun.  I had some lovely friends visit for morning tea one day and had relatives come for lunch another day, so I off loaded the spinach to them so I could pull the plants out to let the beans get more sun.
 What's that a christmas tree!!!!  Yep, you guessed it...I put up my christmas decorations last weekend. I have to take photos of them so stay tuned for my next post.
 Enjoy your day!


  1. Glad you got your flooring sorted. I think it looks very nice. I'm waiting until December 1 to put up our tree but I am feeling a little pressure from my girls. Lunch looked good.
    I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorating.

    1. Thanks Tracy. Yeah, I usually wait until then but I have so many decorations that I love I couldn't wait until then.

  2. I like the new bathroom too and those Canterbury bells are so pretty. I've tried to grow them but never had any luck. Sue

  3. What a relief it must be to have it all done. Those meals look great and are the best kind.


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