Friday, 13 June 2014

Retirement Lifestyle ... this week

Postcards from ... our beach house at beautiful Coffin Bay - the place where, in our retirement, we will be spending much more of our time!

We are currently renovating it - converting two x two bedroom units into one four bedroom, two bathroom house.

It's been a big week!

Before - the kitchen area

Before - the living area

Just look how much was in those cupboards! Of course I underestimated and didn't buy enough of those stripey bags!

All our furnishings needed to be shifted off site for storage. Thankfully the rain held off!

The dismantling of the kitchens begins! Thanks for your help, David!

The first kitchen almost out!

The dividing wall on the way down! John is Pete the builder's right hand man ie lacky!

There were bricks, bricks and more bricks!

John - CBC or Chief Brick Carrier! And, let me assure you that every one of those bricks was HEAVY!!! Amazing job, John!

The last few bricks - and the dividing wall is almost down!

John's stack - two hundred plus bricks! Not a bad day's work!

And then there was the rubble to clean up!

Getting the tiles off the walls required the hammer drill. Those tiles were so well stuck on that they would have survived the apocalypse!

With the wall gone - guess what! There was a hole in our roof!!!

The first LVL makes it up to strengthen the roof! Even I was useful in helping to lift these!

It's been an incredibly busy week at our beach house!

 Useful items! My blue garden gloves might never recover!

Please join me for next week's update!

Some links to explore this weekend!

  • Did you know that today is both a full moon and Friday 13th - an event that will nt occur again until 2045? It's called a Strawberry Moon - more information can be found here
  • Speaking of full moons and the like - how many of these common superstitions do you follow? I admit I definitely adhere to Numbers # 5 and #11!
  • Here's a cocktail worth sipping on Friday 13th!
  • Cat lovers will appreciate these gorgeous cupcakes
  • This link is for gardeners interested in planting by the phases of the moon. My late Grandfather, an exceptional gardener, swore by this method.
  • Finally, here's a most wonderful Potato and Leek soup recipe from my blog 'Apricot Tart'. It's just perfect for these cold, cold days we are experiencing. Enjoy! 

Have a great week!




  1. Hi Liz! It is - and hard work too!!! But it will be worth it!

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