January 14, 2012

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

It’s the eve before we leave for Kiwiburn and the van is packed and our energy levels are high.   It’s summer, the days are nice and warm and long, and we’re about to kick off a few weeks of summer holiday.   The first few weeks of 2012 are proving […]
January 9, 2012

Building a Kitchen: Part Two – Installation

Another month has flown by with little time for writing. When I last left off, we were busily prepping the kitchen for installation. In early December, we got the floors all finished with a stain that blended well with the floors in the living room and dining room. Ross Ambler […]
December 4, 2011

Building a Kitchen: Part One – Demolition and Preparation

I have wanted to re-do the Wainui kitchen ever since we bought the house four years ago.  The kitchen, while sizeable, is a summer beach house (bach) kitchen, meaning it is very rudimentary and mainly appropriate for minimal use.    Obviously, we’ve been using it heavily over the past four years […]
November 30, 2011

Home Sweet Home: Christchurch & Wainui, Nov 11 – 30, 2011

We’re home a little over two weeks from our major trip abroad.   I’m thrilled to be home but things have been a bit of a blur as we have arrived in the full force of spring.    Both houses were/are overgrown with weeds and the grass in Wainui was standing proudly […]