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Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Getting It Done

I have been waiting about seven years,
 but it has finally happened J

 The area out the back has been closed in...

Of course now Hubby wishes he had done this sooner...

We have been enjoying outside barbeque's and pizza's with a new barbie, pizza oven and table and chair set that we shouted ourselves.  

All on special of course 

Before being enclosed, the wind would whistle through this area and it was not pleasant to be out there.  I cant wait until Spring and Summer now J

This is the main area.  The sun still filters through in the afternoon, and it is lovely to grab a favourite book and sit out here and forget the world for a while...

 Here is how the other end progressed...

And then finished...

The screens are making a big difference with stopping the wind. We put the plastic one in first and then opted to try out the shade cloth one.  Because we like the shade cloth screen better, we will eventually replace the plastic one. We will still use it but move it to the other side near the pool to slow the north winds.


I think hubby has done a fantastic job, he is very clever.  In his words "Jack of all trades, and master of none."

This truck contains the next project, 
a new shed...

Hubby will be building this (his first time erecting a shed) with the help of his best mate J

It is a cold day here today, just 14C (57F). The fire is on and I am not moving too far out of the house.

Life here is busy.  After a long break we have returned to a volunteering role with the local SES (State Emergency Service).   The unit manager and a couple of others helped with a big clean out at the unit. My job was to clean the inside of the building, which was no small task.  I still need to finish a couple of rooms. Hubby organised the sorting through and tossing out of unwanted stuff from the sheds outside. And he was ruthless lol! 
I will post photos soon.
We also need to update our training, which is always fun J

Best wishes to you all,


  1. What a difference this will make in summer. Worth waiting for. How many times did you use the word hubby?

  2. Hmm good question Lynda... He has featured well in this post lol!

  3. That really looks nice and lots of room. We have a screened in porch but it is just for setting where the bugs can't get to us. Enjoy!

  4. Well worth waiting for Tania!
    I'll picture you from now on reading there! Enjoy!!

  5. What a great outdoor area Tania! I thought you had some sort of outdoor curtain initially but it was the way the light was coming through the screening.

  6. I really like your place. The new set up is great. My wife and I have been thinking about doing something similar with our front porch.

    You two have it made in the shade now!

  7. Looks fantastic! I hope the plastic won't make it too hot in summer for you.

  8. What a fabulous update, it looks wonderful!

  9. What a fantastic space that is Tania! Great job hubby! And his reward? A shed!! Yay!! xx

  10. Well done to Hubby :)) you all will enjoy the cooler area during the heat of the summer months... hugs pat :))

  11. It is nice to get it done, Tania even if you had to wait a while. Yes, the word 'hubby' did feature a few times :-)

  12. Looks awesome and a nice place to read and rest! Congratulations

  13. Your newly enclosed outdoors are looks lovely and it will be nice to use this space being comfortable from the elements. We are very lucky to have men in our lives who are good with their hands. Saves and awful amount of money too.
    Anne xx

  14. Well done, it looks such a great place to relax. Good luck with the shed, if he managed the screening he should sail through putting up a shed!

  15. Oohh Tania, I am so envious of what you and your hubby have done, looks amazing, I too have been waiting !, but I am sure it will come too, will use yours for inspiration.
    Must show my next door neighbours, they will love what you have done too. Enjoy all those lovely sheltered activities.Congrats on the volunteering, very valuable community members .

  16. When that hubby of yours finishes his shed, could I borrow him to do a couple of jobs for me? Mine is always on the road, not much time for things around the house. You're going to get some good use of that new enclosed area. Sue

  17. I do love an outdoor/indoor space...and just quietly envious of all your lovely space. Enjoy every bit of it Tania.

  18. Looks great Tania, Your hubby is very talented and you will spend many hours outside now :)

  19. how great is that area!!! worth the wait...We had freezing rainy day here yesterday and my hubby had the day off so we hung paintings that we have had waiting to be hung for 6 years!!!! lol!!!

  20. How are the renovation projects coming?

  21. Just stumbled on your blog and I'm having a lovely time wondering through x


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