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Long time no speaky!!


EEEEEKKKK!! Just realised it’s been ages since we’ve last spoken. SO much happening at the moment so I’m sorry for the lack of updates! I’ve been madly fixing up my house, finishing all the last minute things that I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t quite gotten around to doing since I moved in last October. I spent the last week touching up the paint in the patio out the back, finished planting new plants in the front and hortichipping it all so it looks really nice and tidy now. Had to paint the entrance hallway and front railing too so it’s looking pretty good now. I had to declutter in the extreme for the photographers who came a week ago and even then they took stuff out so it was pretty bare. Not that I have a lot of clutter but they want it bare bones for some reason. In some cases I think it looks too bare but oh well as long as it sells!

AND dun dun dunnnnnnnnn it was listed last Monday! The photos make my place look AMAZING!! And on the first day there was already enquiries for the contract for sale which my agent sent out and there were 600+ views since it was listed at lunchtime. Today, a week later, its 2344 🙂   Had a really successful open house on the weekend with 30 groups coming out and 5 more contracts sent out so it’s certainly getting a lot of interest. And scarily enough I’ve just had a call from my agent who wanted to show someone around this afternoon who didn’t get to see it on the weekend and clearly can’t wait for next weekend’s open house!  Speak o the devil and he calls you up haha. With all the interest I’ll hopefully have an offer of my magic number soon! Keep your fingers x-ed for me.

Clearly I didn’t get around to making the lemon marmalade as I’d planned to either but might give it a crack this weekend after the open house. There’s also a high protien gluten free bread recipe that I want to try out.  http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-bread/  Looks really yummy and appeals to my tastebuds with the almond and coconut. /me drools… can you imagine the fresh bread straight out of the oven with a slathering of lemon marmalade?? mmmmmmmmmm. There’s also another property that I really like that I might go and have a squiz at on the weekend. It ticks all the boxes but looks like it’s about 10 minutes out side the buffer zone so…. might not be THE one.

Also found my dream property BUT it’s 30 mins outside the zone. http://www.domain.com.au/Property/For-Sale/House/NSW/Araluen/?adid=2010623289   Simply gorgeous.

Anyway just wanted to give you a quick update… all VERY exciting!



Getting there… slowly…


Well I started writing a ranting and raving post but didn’t post it and I’ve calmed down now and rewritten it so it’s a lil less venty. Basically I got my house building inspection report back which is a mandatory report required for selling your house here. My house got a pretty good EER rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 so I’m quite happy with that (EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio). What I did discover is that my bbq/patio area is not “development approved” and is also on the electricity and drainage easement which means that even if I did seek approval that it probably wouldn’t be approved because of the easement. Basically the water company could come in at any time and rip it all up if they needed to get access to the drainage.

Had a chat to my wonderful lawyer cuz I was freaking out thinking I’m going to have to tear the whole thing down and put something else in it’s place and she said that if it’s stated in the contract that it’s not DA approved then the seller cannot get me to seek approval or seek compensation for it so that’s a massive relief. So if the buyer wants the house they’ll just have to wear the fact that there is a potential risk that the water company could come in if they needed to.

The house is basically in good nick but I’ll have to get the sagging fence repaired (which I kinda figured anyway). The photographer is booked in for next week so I’ll  be packing and decluttering to stage the house properly this weekend. I had a bit of a karma moment last week in that I Freecycled the agapanthus plants from the front of my house with the catch that the person had to come and dig them out themselves. I was teeheeing to myself that I was getting someone else to do my dirty digging work AND carting all the unwanted plants away (they were a bit straggly and not happy in that position so didn’t look very good). Unfortunately I wasn’t very specific and she took some of the plants from my front garden as well and left me with an ugly bare patch. So I had to put chips over it and I’ll probably put in a few flowers or something to make it look less ugly. I’ve planted some dwarf nandina in their place and it’s looking really pretty because of the winter color.

This is the other thing that I’m doing this weekend as there was a glut of lemons from the guys at work:

from: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1898654/lemon-marmalade

Lemon marmalade
Cooking time
Prep: 20 mins Cook: 3 hrs Plus cooling

Makes 6 x 450ml jars


1kg unwaxed lemons
2kg granulated sugar


To sterilise your jars, wash them in hot, soapy water, rinse, then place on a baking tray in a low oven to dry completely. Keep them warm until you fill them.


1. Chill a saucer in the freezer, ready for checking the setting point of your jam. Wash the lemons and remove the top ‘button’ which would have been attached to the stalk. Put the lemons in a large saucepan with 2.5 litres water. Bring to the boil, then cover the pan and simmer for 2½ hrs or until the lemon skins are lovely and tender, and can be pierced easily with a fork.

2. When the lemons are cool enough to handle, remove from the saucepan. Measure the cooking liquid – you’ll need 1.5 litres in total. If you don’t quite have this, make up the difference with water. If you have too much liquid, bring to the boil and reduce to the required amount.

3. Halve the lemons and remove the pips – reserving the pips and any lemon juice that oozes out during the process. Cut the lemon peel and flesh into strips, as thick or thin as you like. Put all of this, including any juices, back into the pan. Put the pips in a small piece of muslin and tie up with string. Add this to the pan, as the pips will aid the setting process of the jam.

4. Add the sugar and bring to the boil, stirring until it has completely dissolved. Boil rapidly for about 20 mins until setting point is reached. Test the setting point by dropping a little marmalade onto the chilled saucer, allowing it to cool for 1 min, then pushing gently with your finger. If the marmalade crinkles, the setting point is reached; if not, continue to boil and check again in a few mins.

5. Leave to cool for 10-15 mins (this will prevent the lemon shreds sinking to the bottoms of the jars), remove the muslin bag, then gently stir in one direction to disperse any scum (small air bubbles on the surface). Pour jam into warm sterilised jars and seal straight away.

Seems pretty easy and I have jars at the ready, will post an update once I’m done.

dun dun duuunnnnnnnn part 2


Well yesterday (interestingly to coincide with the full moon) I officially signed on the dotted line with my real estate agent and lawyer so now there is no turning back. Lock it in thanks Eddie. I’m actually excited this time, unlike the last time I sold my place where I had a real sense of regret as I had to sell it out of necessity. I still regret selling it and buying my current place but I guess things happen for a reason. If I hadn’t bought this place, which I hate living in, I would never have seriously considered my move to the country. I’ve thought about it for years as I’ve mentioned before but to actually do it… if I was in my old place, my old castle and comfort zone, I wouldn’t have been “forced” to make that decision. So I take it as a positive rather than lament the decision 🙂

So now I’m excited to start packing my house, decluttering it to make it sexy for open house and to lure its future owner into making the offer I want to accept. This weekend I’ll be finishing off the odd jobs I’ve been meaning to do and start staging the house for the real estate photographer. My spring bulbs are starting to poke their green stalks up through the ground so the garden should be looking good just in time to have its picture taken.

In a strange twist of fate I happen to have all of my packing boxes (all 57 of them!). I tried to give them away 3 times but for varying reasons the recipients never got around to it or something came up etc so they’re all still safely stored in my garage ready to be used again. Funny how things work out like that… saves me scrounging for boxes again which was a right pain in the butt last time.

Anyway enough day dreaming, gotta get back to work, lunchtime’s over 😦

dun dun duuunnnnnnnnn!!!!


Well I’ve officially engaged my lawyer and real estate agent to sell my house today. All the rigamarole and paperwork to go through now but it’ll be worth it. Should be on the market in about 2-3 weeks!

Was spurred on by this lil listing today:


Whole bunch of suitable candidates on offer for verrry reasonable prices. I really quite like block 6. Just need to confirm how far they are from work as I’m getting conflicting reports but I’m going to go out there on the weekend and hike around and look.

Even if my house sells before I find a decent property at least I’ll be ready to go when I do find it! And now I need to start clearing out my house and staging it to make it look all presentable and desirable for propsective buyers. Kinda getting exciting now because I’ve made it real rather than just dreaming about it. heheh wonder if I can get Friday off to do some work 😉

Another thing I thought I’d do here is start posting up my “house building ideas scrap book” images that I’ve been collecting. Basically pictures and ideas that have been inspiring me for my house build.  And if you have any neat ideas you’d like to share feel free to post it in the comments.