Saturday, December 28, 2019


Today the guys are going to carry on with pool preparation.

And I won't be doing any gardening!  It's revolting.  I got dirt all over me yesterday, which I hate.
I don't understand how anyone can enjoy gardening!  Ikk.

I like a pretty garden, just not working in it.  *smiles*

Instead, I'm going into town to see if I can find some more pretty glasses that I gave people for Christmas.  We love them and want some tall ones of our own.
I got us 4 short ones:

ABOVE:  They are PLASTIC!  But so pretty.  
I think Bex will probably tag along with me, cos I think she wants to get some too.

I shortened and hung the new dining room curtains yesterday.  They are not going to be drawn at any time, they are just 'side drapes'.  We have not put the roller blinds up yet... that will happen eventually.

ABOVE: They are sheers, so lovely and lightweight.  They tone in beautifully with the old Cambridge curtains that I've hung in the family room and lounge.  The little bit of blue echos the blue glass in the kitchen.  I'm very happy with them.

It's all coming together nicely.  And yes, in quick time too!  I'm a bit surprised at how quickly we have managed to get settled AND fit Christmas in too.

It won't be long before there will be nothing left to do!

Well... maybe not for a while though.  lol


11.09 am:  And so far today I've gone into town and weighed in at WW.

GAINED 1.5 kilos!  lol.  I'm not even bothered.  There is a good excuse.  I ate too much!
Now I will stop being a pig and turn it around again.  I will probably go into the town meeting from now on, their times are better.  

I want to weigh in at midday and there's no meeting out here in Rototuna at that time.

Next stop was Red Currant, where Bex and I got a few more of the lovely glasses.

Then home.

To this:

ABOVE:  On the advice of the bloke at Animates, I dragged a net around the bottom of the pond to get lots of the sludge out.  Then we pulled the sides off the bridge to access the water better.

Then I scooped a few bucket loads of rancid water out, and replaced it with fresh water.

If we do that every few days, we can get the water clearer slowly without killing the fish.

ABOVE:  It was a disgusting job and I smelt like SHIT afterwards.

I've now had a shower and feel human again.

ABOVE:  The guys are determined to get the entire pool site leveled today.  They are going great guns.

I'm about to go down to the local pet shop to get more algae blocker for the pond.  I'm determined to get it as clear and clean as possible.

12.28 pm:  And that's done.  Got algae blocker, and more drinks, Diet Coke and Diet Ginger Beer for a change.  I  also grabed some vege plants cos Palmers was right beside the pet shop at Rototuna.  So handy.

ABOVE:  The guys have got the first step done.  Next one will be shaping the bottom, as we are making the pool slightly deeper through the middle.

Now though, it's relax time during the hottest part of the day.

I might have killed the pool pump.  Kinda doesn't go now.

Not done much this afternoon but some more weeding.

The kids went to town.  Steve got some clothes from Hallensteins.   And now the guys have gone to Mitre 10 for a new latch for the dog's pen.   

Tonight will be the last night of left overs.  Which is good cos I'm sick of them!

7.20 pm:  Dinner is over and everyone is chilling out ... time to sign off for the day.
Catch ya tomorrow.


  1. haha you with nothing? You'll just clean the windows or something ;)

  2. Anonymous12:09 PM

    The fish will love you for your hard work. It will look amazing.

  3. I can't believe how quickly you are settling in and making the house your own....mind you having said that my Son and Daughter in Law had to move house on December 16th and they have settled in well and done Christmas too.
    Love your new side curtains.

  4. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Everything is looking great! Oh my gosh Steve is such a hard worker! Such a credit to you and Stew. Can’t wait to see the pool all finished.

  5. Nice side drapes. Well done you guys on the digging etc. If I had that fish pond it would be a garden by now... just saying :) I noticed the rocks by the fish pond look like the great rock in the other area. Are they actually moveable or part of the landscape literally?

    1. They are huge limestone rocks. And there's quite a lot in this suburb... seen quite a few in other people's gardens. We can't move them, only a crane would do that!

  6. I can see you all enjoying your new pool very soon! The new glasses look great ... do you know how many mls they hold? I'm looking for some tall ones, but I want them to hold at least 400mls preferably.

    1. No idea how much they hold Chick. They are lovely though.

  7. Anonymous9:20 PM

    I don’t think the pond pump it to expensive, we have a lovely pond as well. I wish I could show you, it’s wonderfully relaxing. Jo

  8. Anonymous12:50 AM

    You look like an angry little garden gnome on the bridge lol

  9. I can't wait for the fish pond to be all pretty. I know you are going to make it beautiful!


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