Archive for November, 2016

Last of “On the Reno” for 2016

November 27, 2016 - 7:48 pm 4 Comments

20161002_reno_1058Because Christmas is rapidly approaching, this blog will be in recess for the rest of the year. Here are a few photographs of the work done and yet to be done. Three more rooms to go! Have a great Festive Season!20161120_reno_1092
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Victorian Ash sideboard purchased from Robert at the Artists' Market, Castlemaine

Recycled Victorian Ash sideboard purchased from Robert at the Artists’ Market, Castlemaine

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On the Reno: Part 13

November 20, 2016 - 10:04 pm 2 Comments

This week I decided to take the advice of my good friend Vicki, from Banyo in Queensland, and slow down and take stock of what has been happening. The library that I had built for me was also going to double as a guest room. I have put a lot of books on the shelves, trying to sort them logically into categories for ease of retrieval. Because I wanted to paint the room I have been sleeping in, I moved my old bed into the library/guest room while waiting for the new one to arrive. And guess what! I had the perfect sleep. The PERFECT sleep. Though there are no blinds on the front windows yet, the shelf nearest the door affords the sleeper complete privacy and also offers protection from the morning sun. And imagine waking up surrounded by some of your oldest and dearest friends! It is also a little like sleeping in the Captain’s cabin of a ship—with no attendant seasickness or violent storms to sink you. It’s very nice. Peaceful. Ideal for an insomniac like me because instead of worrying about being awake, I only have to lean across the bed to find the book I want. (And there are certain books I know that will send me to sleep).

Difficult to do this room justice with a normal lens. Perhaps I'll get hold of a fish-eye to give you a better idea.

Difficult to do this room justice with a normal lens. Perhaps I’ll get hold of a fish-eye to give you a better idea.

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On the Reno: Part 12

November 13, 2016 - 7:48 pm 2 Comments

Last week featured some photographs I’d taken on my mobile phone of the early days of renovating this very old miner’s cottage. I guess it was also a reminder to me to try to avoid a fairly pernicious and uncomfortable disease which seems to afflict many newcomers to the goldfields: E.R.F.

The symptoms of E.R.F., aka Extreme Renovation Fatigue, are headaches, glazed eyeballs, lack of sleep, and a bad attitude. This bad attitude can actually jeopardise all your past efforts, and therefore your future relationship with the key person/s in the continuing saga of your house: your builder and his or her close associates (aka the people who are doing all the hard bits in the restoring to life  of your very own, and therefore very valuable, piece of history).

So when s/he has just created the library/bedroom of your dreams, plus the study you’ve been hanging out for for a decade and asked you whether you want to work on the guest room next or to refurbish the back shed as the studio that is also on your wish list, and your bank balance seems to have disappeared with the finality of the alluvial gold on Ten Foot Hill, and you are too exhausted to  even think about the next step in your renovations, please don’t say, “I don’t bloody know! Can’t you see I’m sleep-deprived and feel more like the walking dead than the townsfolk from that  ABC television series, “Glitch.” Smile as sweetly as you can at your Angels of Mercy and offer them all a cup of tea.

And have one yourself, for God’s sake, AND STOP BITCHING! La via continua and it is good.

On the Reno: Part 11

November 6, 2016 - 9:30 pm 3 Comments

Notice here that the much of the interior walls are missing.

This is the kitchen after the partition was removed. The lower half of the walls needed to be relined, the ceiling was non-existent at this point, requiring insulation and plastering.

This is the kitchen after the partition was removed. In the  lower half of the room, the walls needed to be insulated and relined, the ceiling was non-existent at this point, also requiring insulation —and plastering.

 

Since this blog has been appearing now for more than 10 weeks—despite a couple of near-disasters—it might be time to go back and review the renovations that have been taking place. This will hopefully be facilitated by some photographs taken on my cell phone, which I could not access until just now, and this with the help of a charming young gentleman called Jerico, from Applecare. Despite the fact that my mobile phone is not compatible with my computer, Jerico managed to find his way through the technological jungle that had had me flummoxed. Thank you Applecare. Here, courtesy of Jerico’s technological savvy are pictures of the post-re-stumping phase of this very old house’s history, before three of the rooms were re-floored.This is part of the extraction device from the old stove left under the fireplace.dav

The picture on the far left, above, shows part of the extraction device from the old stove left under the fireplace.

This is the kitchen after I had removed the old cupboards and tiling.

This is the kitchen after I had removed the old cupboards and tiling.

This huge fireplace took up most of the kitchen space. It had been concreted over and covered in wallpaper, which I managed to peel off with a razor blade. However, when I finally decided to have this monolith removed, a veritable treasure emerged from the dust and rubble.

This huge fireplace took up most of the kitchen space. It had been concreted over and covered in wallpaper, which I managed to peel off with a razor blade. However, when I finally decided to have this monolith removed, a veritable treasure emerged from the dust and rubble.