Saturday, July 18, 2015

Self-pruning trees

A common sound in the tropical north is the noise of huge branches and sometimes whole trees crashing to the ground.  Age and many years of heavy rainfall take their toll.  Sadly one of our favourite blossoming trees, a beautiful Hawaiian Peach next to the house and right outside our bedroom, has started to fall apart.  You can see the 'bending' branch on the right and the crack in the middle is widening daily so the left branch is bound to go.  Fortunately, last year we removed some branches which were overhanging the roof so when the inevitable happens we should be quite safe.  But if it happens in the middle of the night we're in for a rude awakening!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Why our blog has been quiet!

This year we took our holiday later than normal as we really didn't want to go to Europe in February!  So we've been away for a month, got back thoroughly jet-lagged and had to hit the ground running 2 weeks ago.  Not only almost full-house ever since (July, Aug and Sept are our busiest months) but finishing off kitchen renovations and, as of this morning, preps for tiling the kitchen, lounge, loo, laundry and verandah have started.  Was to have been done while we were away but didn't happen so it's going to be fun juggling breakfast preps, laundry and looking after our guests for a few days!

This is the scene now - the horrible old white tiles (I've been grizzling about them for 18 years!) have been painted with primer and the lovely new ones go down tomorrow.  The kitchen renovation is almost complete - just the splashback to be covered with the new tiles.  Can't wait for it all to be finished!