Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Today the guys are off to get a trailer load of sand.  It's the next step in the pool construction.

After that it will get more 'interesting'... they will be putting up the metal sides.

Hopefully we will see that happen by the end of the day?

It's taking a while this pool construction, purely due to the heat slowing them down.

Last night's dinner :

ABOVE:  It was delicious.  AND I have enough of the mince mixture left for another evening's dinner.  Excellent.

Hard to believe it's the last day of 2019!  This year has ended in a totally different way from what I imagined at the beginning of the year.  I never thought we would have sold our gorgeous Cambridge home and moved to Hamilton, that's for sure.

But, we couldn't be happier.  We just LOVE our new home.

I'm still trying to find something I don't like about it!  But it just ain't happening.

Bex sees me smiling for no apparent reason, and asks me why I'm smiling?  And I just say "Cos I love my house!"

And it's true.  Much as we loved our Cambridge home, we actually love this one more.  It's just so perfect for us on every level.

Maybe in 6 months we will have found something ???  I hope not.

So anyway... we are babysitting tonight. Steve and Bex are going to  hang out with some friends of their's for New Year's Eve.

We old farts will stay home and probably go to bed early!  We are just not into staying up late just to see in a new year anymore.  Been there done that dozens of times already.

So... I'm off to see how the day is outside.  Hopefully it's cloudy again, so the guys don't get too hot too quick.


12.06 pm:  And the guys have been and collected a load of sand.  Now they are just finishing putting the sand/concrete mix in the sloping, deeper part of the pool bottom.

ABOVE: They have used a sand and concrete mix so the sand stays put when they put the liner in.

ABOVE:  I don't know how much longer they will keep working, it's so hot.  Maybe the sides won't go on today?  
Let's wait and see.

I took a car load of 'stuff' to the Op Shop today.  Surplus Christmas decorations and a big fan.  I was going to donate our highchair too, but changed my mind at the last minute. 
We had a visiting baby here yesterday and I thought, hmmm... better keep it.

Looks like the guys MIGHT be getting the side bits out of the garage!  OOOoooo exciting.

2.04 pm:  And I had to get more groceries!  We are going through so much food!
When I left, the guys were working on laying down the wall guides on the dirt.

Now that I'm home again ... ?

ABOVE:  We have sides up!  NOW I can actually SEE how it's going to look, and the size it takes up.  So damn relieved we decided (thanks to the ROCK), to put it on the lawn.   It's made it so much easier to put up.

9.57 pm:  It's the end of 2019... a very interesting year I must say.
Glad it's over, it was hectic.

Looking forward to a more settled 2020.
All the best to all my family, friends and blog friends.


  1. At our parties we do a NY New Years which is 3 hours earlier lol. Works good for the older folks ;)

  2. It is so nice to hear about warm weather when it is cold here in Detroit. Hope the next stage of the pool goes quickly so you can enjoy it this year.

  3. Anonymous9:14 AM

    I'm going to the hospital opthamologist today and hopefully I'll celebrate after because he'll refer me for plastic surgery on my eyelid! Fingers crossed. Kj

  4. I'm so glad that you love your new home!! I love sheperd's pie too... such a great meal to feed a crowd too. My boys seem to enjoy it when they stay. I call it cottage pie but the little ones started to say 'college pie' so that's kind of stuck!

  5. Waving back to those two cuties - I'm not great grandma but I am in Australia!
    Glad to see you loving the house so much. Always makes a move so much easier.

  6. Question... with that pool being 'dug down' (front by chairs) will there need to legally be a fence or is it still a legal height to have no fence? It won't be long until you are swimming!!

    1. I have already mentioned that this pool WILL be having a pool fence around it Lynda.

    2. Sorry missed that :)

  7. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Wow. Good work Stew and Steve. That's going to be a real asset in this weather. And yes, I'm having a nip and tuck on my eyelid in next few weeks!!!

  8. that meal looks like it belongs in the middle of winter!!!!!..... it's the hottest day EVAH in Sydney today!!! I'd give anything for a pool. Christy xxxx

  9. Happy new year to you and your family.

  10. Yeah so exciting!! You'll be swimming soon!


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