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Ye Take The High Road

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An invitation; a long weekend; a chance to get away and forget the renovations and the head-to-toe hives that are driving me crazy; gorgeous weather; an opportunity to spend some time with some beautiful people; and some awesome scenery.


Naturally we agreed.

Apparently it was also the end of the ski season which was the driving factor for some in our party.



But for DH and I it was an opportunity to simply get away and enjoy some scenery. And what a spectacular show Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe put on. It would seem that the very rocks praised our God and Creator!






We did the two-hour return walk to Taranaki Falls beginning with the Higher Track and returning via the Lower Track. A short stop at the falls for "lunch" was a perfect mid-way break.











A Celebration

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Also known as Week Ten of Renovations Round Three.


Yes, I'm celebrating that the builder was able to finish our two rooms (apart from the doors on the wardrobe which we're waiting on the joiner to complete) before he had to leave town. And yes, I'm celebrating that the painting was finished at 9:45 Friday evening just as family were arriving and that now we will have a respite from the fumes. And I'm even celebrating that the timber and cans of paint and scaffolding have been moved out of my entrance way (even though it still looks nothing like an entrance way should look).






But the real celebration was family gathering together and sharing yummy food and marking DH's birthday.











Isn't it adorable how the little ones are always the first to be at the table (or putting themselves in their highchair) when dessert comes out? (Meanwhile DH was nowhere to be seen as he was refitting the window hinges in the two rooms above!)

Light and Colour

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Also known as Week Nine of Renovations Round Three. Or the week the most obsservable progress was made and then it all came to a standstill.

After weeks of barely being able to measure the what has been happening in our front rooms (although we knew it was happening) there has suddenly been an upsurge in apparent progress. And, amazingly, most of it in just two days.

In one week we went from this ...




to this ...







We now have windows (what bliss!) and I love, love this colour on the walls (it doesn't photograph well but is a soft blue-grey with a touch of green) and the way it makes the stained glass windows glow. I'm not sure if the painter is coming back to do the last coat and finish off all the woodwork (I'm assuming this will get done in the coming week) but our builder will be in absentia for a while. A job that was booked pre our renovation work is now calling his name and we have to be patient and wait for his [eventual] return.

Sigh. Patience has never been one of m…