Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Just About The Best Thing Ever!

Work is progressing on The Great Backyard Project... so I thought I'd share some pics... well actually there are a few, sorry!

These first pics were taken just before the work began - daggy & overgrown from neglect in the recent winter months
 mrHS took on the mammoth task of re-painting the roof before the major work started... not a colour I would have chosen but it does at least look a million percent better than it did!
 On Monday the 9th, 3 bobcats started the demolition & boy it was so messy! Don't you love Site Manager keeping an eye on the works?!
 The next few pics were taken after 4 days work - amazing the progress! 
 The elevation to our rear neighbour is significant as you can see - yes that's mrHS & he's just over 6ft tall - behind that temporary fencing is their swimming pool - the earth under it has been injected with a type of cement which has stabilised the soil, thus enabling the removal of so much soil almost right up to the boundary of our land.
 All this earthworks has also been to level out our block, instead of having slopes & uneven bits. And of course to make it flat for the workshop placement. The summer sun is beating at the windows first thing in the morning, so noticeable without our patio now... good thing we have good sunblock blinds!

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The Chook Family dropped in for a site works visit on Sunday... Mrs Hen-rietta & Grandma Violet got themselves up on a great vantage point & had quite the discussion about the new workshop for mrHS... & I'm sure I heard Grandma Violet mention she'd love to see the guys hard at work, flexing their muscles... old flirt she is!!
Mr Harold Blue did the ManChook thing & checked out the construction of the new retaining wall - yes your eyes do not deceive you, there is a 4 block foundation! As required by building & retaining standards. Each of the blocks weighs 85kg & is moved by a bobcat operator with a special winch.
 The front yard looks more junk yard right now... creating a lot of interest in the neighbourhood... We're on a corner block, & it's quite the obstacle course to get to our cars parked on our side-street verge!
 After doing their own look around, The Chook Family all clambered up onto the sand pile there, all clucking away very animated & excited... what on earth were they talking about??
Well as it turns out, their excitement was for ME!
I have very much been part of the planning of our Great Backyard Project, but I had no idea that mrHS was doing a sneaky on me... alongside his workshop, he's planned a room for me... yes friends, I'm going to have my very own sewing place!
Is that not "Just About The Best Thing Ever" ?

Perhaps Mrs Hen-rietta & Grandma Violet got in his ear about how much I miss my sewing & that it's not right for me to have nowhere to sew?... or more like that they are sick of being squished up in their basket & want a new Chook Family Coop?
Anyway, I am beyond pleased & I feel very lucky indeed to know I'm going to have a space to call my own... somewhere I don't have to share, somewhere I can't get kicked out of... somewhere to pursue my beloved hobby... Woo Hoo!

The room will be 3m x 4m... the walls & roof insulated... sliding glass door positioned to look out over the newly redeveloped patio & gardens... reverse cycle system... it seems mrHS has taken good advice from the lady Chooks ;)

If you've read down to here, well done & thank you... & don't worry I won't be doing a lot of reno pic posting!
I think my email issues have been fixed now, don't you hate those glitches...

Well that's all the news from Hibiscus HQ for now... thanks for dropping by...

24 comments:

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! What a wonderful surprise for you :o)
You have a very clever hubby who knows that saying "happy wife, happy life"!
Can't wait to see the finished pics when everything is done!
Hugs xx

Kim said...

That is an awesome surprise! Nothing like your own room to create.

Lin said...

WOW - that is major construction, far more than I had anticipated - all that digging out and reinforcing of the swimming pool! It will be great to have your own space too. Glad the chooks are taking an interest in their new home. Do keep us posted on developments. xx

marina said...

great progress Anthea,
well done to MrHS, what a fantastic surprise!

Susan said...

Wonderful surprise - Mr HS has been listening or checking out other spaces..it will now certainly be worth the mess.
Glad he remembered the air con....toilet?? is that expecting too much maybe.

Maria said...

WOW, Sure is a lot of earthworks happening... Sew exciting ... Will be fabulous when done and you have your very own sewing space.. Now to find a great name for the sewing room??

Susan said...

Wonderful news,I'm so happy for you! It's a huge project, but will be worth it.

Kate said...

Anthea, how exciting for you to soon have your own sewing room!

sunny said...

Your own awesome sewing space, and it overlooks the garden! That truly is the most exciting thing ever!! Start building that chook shed now!!!! I went on Retreat last weekend, and one of my fellow quilters made and brought a chook for everyone in attendance! Mine is made from bee fabric, and was promptly named Little Bee Peep. More about that in an email.

Linda in Calif. said...

I love seeing the pictures. Wow what a different in elevations. And to have a workshop is so exciting - even more exciting is your hubby little surprise! I the pic of the dog really sums that up. :-)

Chookyblue...... said...

OMG a new chicken coop you are going to be in heaven.........can't wait to see more pics............

KERYN B said...

Yeah so very happy for you I know how much your were missing your own special place, can't wait for it to come together for you. Look forward to lot's of phots.

kiwikid said...

Boy there has been some work happening in your yard...how nice to find out yiu are getting your own sewing space!!!! Brownie points to the hubby!!! Very exciting!!

Fiona said...

what a huge job and lovely big equipment to watch... very exciting you are getting your own space too!
Hugz

Leanne said...

I'm so happy for you Anthea, such a big job but it will be so worth it. I can't wait to see more progress pics.

Yvonne W said...

Wow! Wonderful news-- to have your own sewing room-- how fantastic. What a lot of excavating going on there-- you will be pleased when it is all finished.

Michelle Ridgway said...

How wonderful for you...yaya! Looks very impressive there xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh my goodness lots happening ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Sharmayne said...

Very exciting!!! I know exactly how big your area will be as my little cabin is just 3 inches short in width and about 10in shorter in length (inside measurements)..... its a wonderful space!!

Dasha said...

What a wonderful surprise! That is a massive reno project you two have embarked upon, but won't it be a fun project for you setting up your new sewing room.

Craft to Do said...

That is such a wonderful surprise.
There is nothing like having your own place to retreat to.
Maybe you could call it the chook house!! LOL

Dawn said...

I think those chooks did a good job supervising the works and an extra special good job convincing Mr HS to build a room especially for you. You will absolutely love it...A new Chook House !!

Bev C said...

Hello Anthea,

Good luck with the renovations, a new sewing room you won't know yourself. Have fun.

Happy days.
Bev.

Janice said...

Woo Hoo! Your owns space. You won't know yourself. I can't wait to see how things progress from the basis that you are at now.

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