This afternoon we signed on the dotted line and exchanged contracts.
The red brick house will soon belong to a lovely young family with 4 kiddies under 4.
I hope they will love their new home.
We didnt get quite as much as we wanted but i think it will all work out in the end.
In 5 weeks time, Tuesday the 24 March 2015 to be exact we will be foot loose and fancy free.
Until then im all about boxes, packing paper and tape.
For the last few weeks i have been selling off as much stuff as i can, when you move a short distance its not a big issue with how much stuff you have, however when your going a long way less it better especially for the pocket.
I have found a wonderful lady who is going to adopt my girls, i shall miss them but i know they will be looked after and spoiled until they die.
We have not found a property as yet so all our stuff will be put into storage. Then Andrew, Sally and I will head on down the coast and camp until we find what we are looking for.
As for our two boys they are now on a deadline to find somewhere to live.
Im all about the packing, down sizing and deciding what we will take and what will be stored. Andrew is all about finding removals, storage, making phone calls, getting the ute serviced, sanding and repainting our trailer and last but not least finding us a camp site where Sally girl will be welcome and that's no easy task especially as it has to be a free site.
We had friends and family over last weekend and Banana Pudding was one of the desserts I made.
This is my go to easiest dessert recipe.
Its a no rule recipe you can change it up to suit yourself or to what ever you have on hand.
We pretty much always have bananas in our house so that's why its called Banana Pudding and not Fruit Pudding.
Bananas are the first ingredient and the second would have to be some sort of cake or biscuit.
The cup cakes below were ones I made using those pretty patty pans for the first time, some over flow occurred as I filled them a little too full. These weren't used at the time as they are ugly and someone broke off bits to eat, i'm not naming names but it could have been me.
Any way all the experiments went into the freezer for just this recipe.
Bananas - sliced
Cake - sliced
Cream - whipped
Chocolate - grated or shaved
To make this delicious dessert you layer cake, custard, chocolate and then bananas nearly all the way to the top of your bowl. Depending on the size of your bowl and how many people you have to feed that's how many layers you will use. For mine it was two of each. End with bananas and then I like to mix a little cream with the custard and spread that on top and finish with chocolate shavings.
Cake, Custard, Banana
As this is a quick recipe you can use custard powder to make your custard the day before or you can use pre made custard or you could go all out and make Homemade Custard , for this one I used custard powder and made it the night before.
You are not limited to bananas, I have also made this with stewed apples, and cinnamon instead of chocolate.
You can also use lady finger biscuits instead of cake or any other sweet biscuit.
1. Paper work from solicitor / conveyancer - Check
2. Have photos taken for the magazine and web sites - Check
3. Get the house listed - Check
We chose Alan and Marlene Thompson to list our home, they were the ones we purchased it through in 2009. Finding a real estate you like can be stressful, there are so many who want to list it cheep so they can get a quick sale. That was just not on.
We have had one couple through on the weekend and another scheduled this week, not too bad to say it went up at the end of last week.
Now i guess the hard work begins,
4. Keeping the house and yard clean and tidy - Check
5. Find a property -
6. Packing - now i'm on the box hunt Grrrr -
7. Removals -
8. Mail redirected -
9. Finding work -
Our gas bottle ran out so getting a new one delivered tomorrow, i was hoping for it to last a few more weeks but its always the way.
My new business is off to a good start. I have come up with a name and logo and had some stamps made. And started a face book page, Hopefully i can get my web site up and running by the new year.
Here is the link to Early Bird Kids face book page.
I have now had two parties and the feedback and results have been awesome, I couldn't be more pleased.
Everyone's life is like a book to be read with different chapters and sub chapters documenting their life. We have lived in the Blue Mountains for 20 years and for the last 5 in our own home. When we purchased our home in 2009 we had no idea that after living in the mountains for 20 years we would be going after a new adventure.
This is the top orchid
Back of the house
Earlier this year Andrew and I decided that we wanted something different a new chapter. That something different i guess we have been working towards for a long time but never really new it.
Now that our boys are grown we are free to go and do as we please, they are both welcome to come with us but they have chosen not too.
So our adventures in the Blue Mountains will soon be over, this is exciting and at the same time a little scary. (who am i kidding a lot scary).
To start a new adventure there are a few things that needed to be ticked off the long list of to do's.
1. Finish off all the small jobs in the house - Check
2. Get the real estate out to give us a price - Check
As most of you know neither Andrew or I drive so
3. on the list was Andrew got his licence - Check
4. Buy a ute - Check
Here she is, a Mazda BT50 dual cab diesel ute. Andrew like's to call her a truck and as yet has no name. I'm just glad I get to sit in the front :o)
5. Pick an area to move to, this was easy the Far South Coast - Check
The far south coast of NSW is a very big area so we had to narrow it down.
6. Road trip - Check
Last week we packed up our new truck and headed on down the coast.
Our new truck and a trip, wow I feel like a grown up. For us who have only ever relied on public transport and my husbands father as modes of transport this is a very big thing. It still doesn't feel real.
Our camp site at Pambula Beach
A two man tent, chairs and a camp stove, who could ask for more oh yes and the Beach.
We have holidayed in Pambula before and it is beautiful, arrh feel the ocean breeze. It has been a few years since I have been to the beach, I had forgotten how much I miss it.
Jersey Cows in the Bega Valley
Who doesn't love a river flat or curious cows.
Never ending beaches to get lost on.
The colours in the picture don't do it justice, it was dazzling and truly beautiful.
Don't you just love funny signs or for me all signs are great.
We stayed two nights at Pambula Beach, the caravan park has a large family of kangaroos who live there, they come an go as they please and your not aloud to feed them. So no petting but they do like to have their photos taken, this is the large male in the family who decided that in front of our truck was the best shady spot.
Dirt roads to properties and we have learned that if it the address says something Mountain Road then its gonna be a narrow winding steep dirt track.
I have never seen water in Lake George, its always just been grassy plains with fencing every time we have passed. How ever the wind turbines you can see in the distance are new to me and a very nice sight to see.
This little guy we came across when walking a property, every noise we made he burrowed in deeper, this is the first time i have seen an echidna in the wild, you defiantly can't count road kill.
This huge gum tree was very beautiful, the bush has so much to offer.
You can't travel any where in Australia with out stopping at a country pub for a cold drink on the veranda.
We stayed 4 nights and travelled to Nimmitabel, Bombala, Cathcart, Pambula, Candelo, Bemboka, Bega, Wandella, Cobargo and so many other small towns.
We stayed at Pambula Beach two nights, one night at Handkerchief Beach at Narooma and one night at Burrill Lake near Ulladulla.
We also stopped at so many beaches I lost count.
This was a mission to find an area to start our new chapter however it was more than that it was also the first time Andrew and I had holidayed on our own, I think i can get use to just the two of us and of course our Sally Girl. I know I will miss our boys terribly but they have their own lives to lead.
7. Pick an area, The Bega Valley - Check
8. Pick a Real Estate agent - Check
9. Get the paper work ready to put the house on the market -
10. Get the house listed -
Only 2 things left to do on our fist 1 to 10 to do list.
The house should be on the market in two weeks just waiting on paper work.
To do list number 2 will be posted soon.
I think that I will start a You Tube Channel all about our new adventure.
I have been MIA for quite a few weeks and boy have i been busy. I have decided to start up a party plan business to sell all my hand made things. So for 3 weeks i have been sewing up a storm to get enough inventory for my first party.
Here is a peek at some of the things I had on offer.
Every thing is made in the Blue Mountains by me. From bags, to wings, toys to decorator items and some things in between.
It has been fun making every thing, coming up with the ideas and making patterns. Long hours spent at the sewing machine (I think i'm going to have a permanent stoop).
I pretty much took over the dinning room and i'm sure my boys are glad that its all packed up and they don't have to share a small piece of the dinning room table just to eat dinner.
My beautiful sister Kasey helped me out when I needed it and my niece and nephew were willing participants with trying on and measuring up and of course playing.
My toys are educational, imaginative and of course lots of old fashioned fun. With not an electronic, TV, video game, or console in sight.
Ahoy ye scurvy land lubbers come aboard and sail the seven seas with me and me crew, we be a treasure huntin. no parrot for this ship, we got us a fearsome hound dog, that be licking ya to death if ye come to close to me treasure.
Had a pretty fun day yesterday at my first party, which included afternoon tea of tiny sandwiches with the crusts cut off, lemon cupcakes, scones with jam and cream and a refreshing fruit punch.
Sales were pretty good for the amount of people and I have one party booking.
I think this is going to be a fun new adventure.
Christmas is fast approaching, if you would like to book a party please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is for my beautiful niece who turned a BIG 5 today.
Happy Birthday Belladonna.
These are so easy to make and only take a couple of sittings to do the stitching. To start off you draw up your picture on the centre piece the add all the fabric strips, i don't really measure anything so they are a little off but thats half the charm. Then add some thin batting to the back and do all your stitching. Now you just have to add the backing fabric and the binding.
If this seems too big a project then start off with something small like a coaster or two, as you can see below it doesn't have to be complicated.
In line with my Sewing Know How this is post # 4.
Today i am going to show you how to repair the butt in a pair of jeans. Now kids wear out the knees in jeans but men wear out the butt and crutch, i guess its all that scratching.
These jeans were just at the stage where they were not quite holes and this is the time to catch them as it makes it easy to repair.
I don't throw jeans away as they have so many other uses and one of them is repairing holes to give your jeans a longer life span.
The thread colour you use will be determined by the colour of your jeans and ill tell ya sometimes its hard to match. As these were pretty faded i went with a grey thread.
You will also need a denim needle or as large a needle as you have on hand.
Cut up your patches from another pair of jeans, make sure the pieces are not from a well worn part of the jean. Make the patch larger by 1/2 again so the worn part is well covered. Pin in place.
Using a small straight stitch, go around the patch close to the edge, if you need to go over a thick seem then go slow or hand wind the needle through as this is a place that will break your needle if your not careful. Remove the pins and check the outside to make sure you have covered the whole area with the patch.
Now turn your jeans right side out and you are going to use a small zigzag and go over all of the worn spots.
In the picture below i did one side with blue on the bobbin so you could see it.
I only sewed on the warn parts not all over the patch.
Turned right side out and you can barely see the repair and because of where it is you can't see it at all when worn.
Denim is one of the hardest fabrics to sew as its so thick and you can break a few needles but the results are well worth it especially if you can get another 6 to 12 months wear from your jeans.