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I’m bad at updating this blog and I suspect it’s because I
a) over-think things, and
b) feel that I need to post new items that are relevant to what’s on here already.

Clearly, this approach is not getting us anywhere. Inspired by Jen Christie‘s (slightly mad) #30dayblogs challenge, things are changing around here.

Stacks of coins or change

Change is good (get it?)

I’m not quite up for the epicness of Jen’s approach, but I do need to get things going again. I have a vast and very diverse interest (and slight obsession, at times) in many things, which has not been reflected up to now.

So prepare yourselves, minions. From here on forth, there will be a great deal of #randomness going on here, which I believe will be awesome.

For the travel junkies who originally started following my Eurotrip2012 reminiscence… We are planning a trip to Iceland and Russia in December 2014, so I promise you’ll still get something out of me!

A change in Pace

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Turning our house into a home: the before & after

In December 2012, we moved into our very own house. As first time home owners, the first week was filled with excitement. The four months following that first week, has been filled with a lot of hard work.

The reward has been worth it though, as this past weekend was the first one since the beginning of December last year that there was no ‘To Do’ list. No more walls to paint. No builders tramping through the house and no more small little things niggling at my conscious to get done.

Door to master bedroom

Well, I’m lying. There was one more thing. It read: “Take and post some before and after photos.”

Done.

For those of you who want more info, our work regime was roughly as follows:

  • Remove all carpets, replace with laminate wood flooring in all bedrooms and study. Sand and varnish parquet floor in lounge, dining area and hallway.
  • Resurface the bath, basin and toilet (changing the colour of the enamel from blue to white).
  • Move into the house.
  • Unpack most of the boxes. Don’t unpack everything, as we’ll have contractors in the house for the next two months.
  • Remove all curtain pelmets.
  • [DIY] Paint the bathroom, WC, hallway, master bedroom, lounge, and dining room.
  • [DIY] Mount curtain rails and hang newly made curtains in lounge (YAY!!).
  • Pack the kitchen back up and use the study as a temporary kitchen.
  • Demolish kitchen.
  • Start replacing the kitchen.
  • Remove tiles from wall in study.
  • [DIY] Put cornices up in kitchen.
  • [DIY] Paint cornices, kitchen walls, study.
  • Unpack the rest of the boxes, including the kitchen (again).
  • Build and [DIY] cover frame for TV mount to hide cables.
  • [DIY] Mount TV-cable-hider-frame and TV (at 2am the night before your housewarming).
  • Enjoy fabulous new kitchen while preparing food for said housewarming 🙂

All images by the author: © catterflyworx 2013.

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But, before I go

We’ve planned a lovely weekend away at the beach. Thursday is National Women’s Day in South Africa and we’ve taken leave for Friday, looking forward to KwaZulu Natal‘s mild winters, sunny skies and city-free living. However, the Winter Queen had one last thing to say before she leaves the southern hemisphere, and she chose to send her message in white. Snow white, to be exact.

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