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Planning The Shed

House and renovation completed – cross my fingers, cause a woman will find something everyday that’s not really ready – it’s about time for the garden and the shed. While our architect friend Arjan has set the licencing process in motion, I’m planning the design of the shed.
Now I don’t care too much about the exterior, but I really like this interior.
Classic Australian, nah?

We’re back!

We’re back in our little old house, after three years and three months! After a couple of days packing stuff in cardbox boxes, moving junk to the junkyard, the whole operation went so smoothly saturday morning, with a little lot of help from some friends, that it took only four hours. Now another four weeks or so of Ikea trips, painting, finishing, and we’re back on base in The Van Goor.
Photo Album: Moving Back

Where Are The Pizzas?

We’ve got fire, we’ve got an oven. Now where are the pizzas?
Talking about manuals; the installation manual of my two brandnew toiletseats was incomprehensible to begin with.
On top of that somebody (number 242) sticked a note on a plastic bag filled with bolts and nuts that said: ‘this box contains two extra rubber plugs, but we do advise NOT to use them’.
I couldn’t find the rubber plugs anywhere, but I did have a good seat when I finally could test one of them. Forgot to shot a pic, so have a look at my new cooking area instead. After all, before being able to test toilet seats you have to cook something, right?
Two more days of cutting boards for the cabinets, sanding, painting, cleaning, and then, finally . . . saturday morning moving . . .

Finally Finishing

Three years and two months gone, one more week to go: next Saturday we’ll be moving into our old house. The renovation took more time than originally planned, but reasons galore. Beforehand we did not know we were going to South America twice during the renovations – three months last year, two months this year. But as the lease on our temporary living was extended twice without asking, (and for the last year without any rent to pay) there was no need for hurry.
Having said that: there is now! Next Friday gas, water and electricity will be cut, next Saturday we’lle be moving with a little help from some friends. Demolition of the block at Speelhuislaan will be starting Monday September 4.
Are we ready and done? Well, almost. Yesterday and today at old Van Goor the oak flooring is polished and covered in high gloss polyurethane twice. It looks brilliant, but you can smell it two blocks upwind, and we’re not allowed to step on it till noon Saturday. So we spend Friday afternoon sorting out stuff that has been unpacked on the attic for three years.
I’ve dumped four boxes of old computer books (Programming Pascal 1980, Dos For Dummies, PHP, MySQL, Windows 95, lots of Linux and BeOs manuals and so on) at a local charity, as well as bags full of old laptops, 8 Mb flash cards (two pics form my current Ixus would fill them) cables, plugs, ISDN and ADSL modems, and much more. Feel much better now that it’s all gone.
Next week finishing of the floor to ceiling colonial cabinets I’ve build downstairs, and painting, lots of painting. And some more trips to the junkyard, I’m afraid.
Check out the Finally Finishing Album in my ImageFolio.

Met het stoomboek onder mijn kussen

Ed en Willem BeverDe verbouwing gaat-ie zoals ie gaat. Afgelopen week voor loodgieter gespeeld; vier lengtes (5 meter) 22m roodkoper gehaald, een zooi verbindingsmofjes, een dikke buigtang, en een nieuwe gasleiding aangelegd. Iets van 17 meter om en in hoeken, door gaten en muren, achterlangs het oude keukenblok, met de boorhamer een gat gehakt in de scheiding tussen keuken en oude toilet. De de ene hoek 110 graden, de ander 80, omhoog, omlaag, door de muur, langs de muur enzovoort.
Slechts twee bochtjes verknald, alles netjes aan elkaar gesoldeerd, alles met het stoomboek onder mijn kussen.