-----In 2004 we bought a falling-down house and 30 acres. This blog documents our progress-----

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Day one - exploring

On our first afternoon we didn't do much work - instead too busy exploring! After the trees (see previous post), the house was next on our list to look around.

Even though only a little work had been done to it, Dad had rearranged things to give the effect of a room at the front. It really started to let you see how it might feel:

bedroom in front room.jpg

There's also the beginnings of the wraparound verandah at the front, which has been a wonderful place to sit during the hot days:

front verandah.jpg

Dad has also managed to take down a lot of the collapsed extension at the back to reveal the original shape of the house:

back of house.jpg

The dam was looking particularly nice, albeit less full than I would have liked. It's not really low yet though as you can't see the 'humps' in the middle. We saw lots of sheep go down to the dam for a drink which was lovely to watch. We also saw two egrets wading, getting yabbies no doubt.

view across dam.jpg

I'm more relaxed about getting the dam to look like a lake now than I was. Hopefully the waterlilies will take, but even if not provided we can get the big clay bank covered with reeds and other green stuff, the dam will take on the appearance of a lake. It's the dam wall that makes it look muddy (although the darn yabbies have something to do with it too).

To cap off the day, on the way back to our rented Avoca cottage, we explored some new roads too... driving along Lillicur Road up the side of our property all the way up to the Sunraysia Highway. There was a fantastic sunset as we came over a ridge:

sunset view from lillicur road (driving to avoca).jpg

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