Archive for October, 2012

October 16, 2012

My council rocks

by Priya Chandra

Yes I know that is a bit weird and really not something most people say on a regular basis but I’m happy to say it loud and proud – my council rocks.

Last week I submitted a request to council to have a couple of trees looked at on the footpath outside our house.

One of the trees before…

Not only were they pushing up the footpath but an engineer’s report suggested they were also playing havoc with the house’s foundations.

I got a response back the same day that the council agreed with my assessment and that the trees would be removed within 4 – 5 weeks.

I was pretty impressed with the speed of that response and even more impressed when the council workers turned up today to cut the trees down!

the aftermath

It took them just over 1 hour to dispose of both trees leaving a few blocks of tree trunk behind (most of it was wood chipped as they cut the tree down).

It took the first scavengers about 5 mins to remove the majority of cut up wood!

Nice work local council and even nicer work local residents – good to see the magic footpath continues to hold its magic.

October 10, 2012

Yay for internet

by Priya Chandra

You know the worst part of moving house?

It wasn’t the actual move or the unpacking (though if my husband asks, it was so those two things).

It was NOT HAVING proper Internet for almost 1 month. I had the data plan on my phone of course and my father kindly lent me his mobile wireless for a while but it wasn’t the same.

Today though is a red letter day in my move – today I got internet and my life has returned to normal.

Thank you Internode – you delivered right on time as promised and have made me a very happy camper.

October 6, 2012

I’ve become one of those people

by Priya Chandra

You know, the people who ‘go to Bunnings’ – not because they have to, but because they want to. And not only want to, but are willing to spend lots of time and perhaps lots of money there too.

This is something completely new to me – I’ve never been a DIY person and always enjoyed the freedom that renting a house brought me. Tap loose? Call the agent. Need to hang a picture? Grab the removable hooks from K-Mart during the weekly shop. Full on maintenance and all that jazz were definitely not something I yearned after.

Until, we bought our first home. Now, all of a sudden I’m cruising the aisles of Bunnings, and yes I do mean cruising. Yesterday I spent over an hour in our local Bunnings (I have a local and it isn’t a pub, how sad is that) checking out the amazing array of items that I can purchase to make a complete new home – or provide an army of tradies with a few month’s worth of work fixing my mistakes more likely.

More by luck than by good management I managed to get away fairly cheaply yesterday – a couple of rakes, a new shower curtain and this amazing retro style lawn mower!

My latest gadget

It is so cool looking that I didn’t even mind that I had to put it together before using it (and by ‘I’ I mean of course my brother and by “didn’t mind” I mean of course was very annoyed until my brother said he’d do it).

Good thing we don’t have a great deal of lawn weeds to mow since I’m pretty sure I would be pretty unhappy at pushing this contraption around a regular suburban lawn but for the nature strips next to our inner city home it will be perfect.

Did I really just say I’m looking forward to mowing on the weekend? I really have become one of those people haven’t I