Friday, July 30, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
It was our Parkinson Walk this morning and last night it poured down but we were lucky and woke to a clear day with the sun coming out. The forecast was so bad that we had suggested people may like to come just for coffee if it was too wet to walk - perhaps that is why we had 18 people turn up where the number is usually about a dozen.
We started our walk at the Information Centre and walked alongside the (usually) small stream then up to the waterfall.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Prince George will turn 8 years old today, my baby brother turns 75 and a cousin turns 85. Happy Birthday to them all.
Meanwhile here, the men arrived to install our insulation. They were actually early - we were told 8 a.m. but they were here by 7.30 and got straight on to laying the installation in the ceiling. They finished this by 10.30 a.m. and after a short break started on the underfloor.
It was all finished by 2.30 p.m.
They closed the manhole to the roof area so I did not take photos of that but under the house looks good. It is a polyester insulation. In spite of the forecast we had a lovely sunny day for it.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
On Monday, in spite of a warning for rain, we had a pleasant walk along the furthest part of the Shared Pathway from the city centre. It is better walking as there are fewer people on this part of the walk (at least not during the time that children are using it to go to and from school).
On the way back a train engine went along the track. Not a frequent occurrence.
We had not been home for long when we got a phone call about some firewood we had ordered. This is from a sawmill and our neighbours had recommended it. He wanted to deliver it that afternoon which suited us as rain was forecast for the rest of the week. (it is often forecast but does not always arrive).
This meant that both wheelbarrows came out and we got the ute load stored away. We were very pleased with the wood which is offcuts and most of it is like that in the top basket although some is larger. It is eucalyptus and quite heavy, burning well. The price was good. He has the sawmill for sale so we will buy some more when we have space just in case it is no longer available next year.
After all this exercise we were quite tired. Yesterday was supermarket day so after that, some housework and doing the washing, we took it easy.
Today, we had our first Covid vaccinations. It was very busy and we were impressed with the organisation. We go back in three weeks for our second dose. Before we went for the vaccinations I emptied the airing cupboard so that the people installing our insulation tomorrow can get into the roof area. They are due at 8.00 a.m.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
It is winter and we have had some days of terrible weather, heavy rain and strong wind, but. luckily, sunny days in-between for drying the washing and doing a few jobs outside. We had to cancel the Parkinson's walk again on Monday because of heavy rain and strong wind but later in the week on a fine day we finished getting gardening "things" out from under the house ready for the insulation to be installed on Thursday. I wanted to get it done in plenty of time because of the weather. Now all we have to do is empty the airing cupboard to give access to the roof.
Yesterday, I got the old bottles that Doug had stored under the house and gave them a wash and a new home.
There were two heavy green bottles, one was Great Northern Brewery Ltd. Auckland Lion Ale & Stout while the other had no markings.