What have we been up to?
We've found the best builders to undertake our veranda job. Kevin and Kyle are local lads who were recommended to us from friends. The boys work really fast and are producing some great results.
The new space is a whopping 15 metres by 3 and it's already clear will add a whole new dimension to the place.
Laura and Lloyd at "our wee farm" up North have done the same thing and having spent a weekend up at their place last year, we saw what is possible to achieve for your wee piece of heaven.
Foundations set, not bad for 1 days work.
Ready to start laying the deck
A good sheltered area to share with good friends
Alfresco here we come, not long now.
Stage 3 almost complete. Check out the stunning sky.
We will continue to handrail along the three sides and hopefully Kevin will achieve this in the next 3 days. Then the long weekend will be filled with painting the area white. We'll leave the deck as is the fade naturally. The boys will then fit the iron for the roof and that should this job done. We are thinking about taking the kitchen window out and popping a fair of French doors in it's place. This will allow easy access to the deck from kitchen.
What else can you possibly do in these long hot summer days? Well Brookies tomatoes are ready and we decided to have a go at making sweet chutney...
First get heaps of yummy, ripe tomatoes
Roughly chop em up and place in large pan with 3 chopped onions and half cup brown soft sugar, water and some veg stock
After 2 hours of simmering, prepare preserve jars and pop the tasty stuff in.
We got 3jars from this.