Full Steam ahead, or hurry up and wait

21 07 2011

So. It’s virtually all done. Contracts signed, papers stamped, faxes sent, everything done. Well, almost everything. Now we just have to sit back and wait. Currently we are set to settle on August 12th, meaning that we pay the money and get the keys then. So exciting.

Of course, first a picture to show you.

Mt Wellington

This is the view we have in the mornings. Snow on that there mountain. Lots of snow. Enough snow I’m told to be able to go cross country skiing. Now there’s something I want to try out one of these days.

Back to house. We’ve got plenty to get on with over the next 3 weeks. Since putting things in storage back in July 2006, we’ve probably forgotten much of what we have. That said, we know some of the big stuff we do, and don’t have. Fridge, yes. Sofa’s, yes. Bed, no. TV, no. etc etc.

So the shopping begins. We also need to get delivery organised for suitable times. Luckily, for me at least, time off isn’t a problem. I’m told that up until a couple of years ago I could have got some bonus “moving house” days off, but that perk has been scrapped. Can’t say I mind, its a pretty good place to work as it is.

Shopping. Last weekend we went bed shopping. So much choice, so many different price points, technologies, colours, firmnesses etc etc etc. We tried a few, found one we liked, then tried a different one for a laugh. Wow, magic. We bought the nice fancy one. Expensive 😦 But half price 🙂

What else, not much. Work is getting busier, my head is getting fuller. The projects are simultaneously getting clearer and fuzzier at the same time. Normal really.





Its all Happening

9 07 2011

So much going on. Life is busy, crazy, stressful and fun.

First, a photo. Think of what France means to you and what kind of image could sum up France. I came up with this from the amazing town of Le Puy-en-Velay. What could possibly be more french than a citroen 2CV against the backdrop of an ancient cathedral.

France

So, a week and no blogging. Bad me. Why?

We bought a house!!! Well, everything is signed and just awaiting us to dot the final i’s and cross the final t’s. Sooooo exciting.

What house. Where? Why? Who? What other questions beginning with W can I dream up?

Lets post the link so you can see yourself.

http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-tas-west+hobart-106883469

Its an 1850’s cottage which has been updated and extended a bit, on an internal block. 3 bed, 2 bath, garage, deck, garden and all everything we could want.

Rob, our property hunter found us this place. We both looked and loved it. We then let him loose to do his magic, and magic he did. An amazing deal was negotiated. No idea how he managed it, but even by his standards this is a ripper. So, with any luck, we might be moving in within about 5 weeks, fingers crossed.

Work is getting crazier too. Fun but busier. Exciting.

Fun fun fun,





Project33, Things still happening

2 07 2011

First up, some pics. 2 pics to cover the last 2 days.

Morning Sun

The sun rising in the morning as seen through the trees in Salamanca.

Teapot and Shadow

Teapot and its shadow from the Chado tea house.

So, houses. Still things in the works. Our man Rob is working hard and seems to think that things might be happening. Still, not getting the hopes up. If its going to happen it will happen. There are plenty of houses out there.

We did find a most fantastic place today. Chado, the way of tea. A food menu of maybe 8 items, but a tea menu which is maybe 10 or 15 pages long. Huge amazing collection. Food was unbelievable too, amazing japanese inspired menu, stunningly fresh and well prepared. If you come visit, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Tonite? Off to visit friends. Tomorrow? NFI.





Project33, The week so far

30 06 2011

Crazy. Its all crazy. Work is crazy, house hunting is crazy, its all crazy. Even the photo for today is crazy. Crazy crazy crazy.

Veg

See, I told you. Crazy. What is it, who did it, why? No idea who did it, probably local students. Where? Woolworths Sandy Bay. What is it? I’ll leave that to your imagination.

As for the rest of the craziness…… well, its crazy.

House. Crazy stuff there too. After missing out on the first place, we engaged a housing broker to help us out. Rob. So far its been extremely positive. He shortlisted a mountain of properties down to 12 for us, we’ve seen a few before, a few new ones and maybe THE ONE. Just an old cottage, 1850’s or so. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, bells and whistles. We’ve instructed him to proceed on preparing and offer on our behalf so we shall see what comes of it. Having the broker really makes things less stressful and helps remove some of the emotional games that real estate agents like to play. He knows the game, knows the rules and knows what he’s doing. I guess its now a wait and see. Obviously we don’t want to pay silly money or even over the valuation, but he’s aiming to save us quite a bit. Fingers crossed.

So. Life. Busy. Crazy. Entertaining. Carrots and Avocado’s.





Gibraltar

25 06 2011

Wow, doesn’t time fly. It was more than a year ago we reached Gibraltar. 19th April 2010 to be precise. Why we wanted to visit I really don’t know, I doubt it was more than just wanting to visit the tiny country, as well as hopefully enjoying some decent English style fish and chips. So, visit we did. Staying the night on the Spanish side in La Linea. Taking the but across the border into Gibraltar proper the next morning.

Obviously the famous Rock of Gibraltar features heavily in the images. So, I’ll just post an image wall and let you look. Remember, click and you can get big high quality images. Enjoy.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

The Rock

The Rock

Who, Me?

Just Chillin

Monkey

Rock'n'Monkey

Leave me alone, I'm sleepy

The End of Europe

Port of Gibraltar

So, what did we think? Very pleasantly surprised. Hopefully some more pics soon, but the whole town/country felt like a small English town transplanted into the tropics. It was hot, sunny and beautiful, but still with that English look and feel. Peclulair and amazing. Go Visit.





Project33, Lights, Houses and general Stuff

22 06 2011

Photo photo photo. I admit, I’ve been struggling. Winter means short days, dark early in the evening, so less chances for photos. Still, I realise that that is not an excuse. Bad me. I’ll consider myself chastised.

Hobart Lights

If you look and squint carefully, you can make out the water and an old style sailing ship. The other lights? Really not sure. It turned out to be a long exposure photo when I wasn’t expecting one. The result just happened to be something I liked, so here it is.

So, over a week since last post. Whats been happening? Lots basically. Lot and lots. Its been bloody cold, its getting wet, its dark and its still Hobart!

We’ve had volcanic ash

Spectator

Mt Wellington Sunset

Twin Suns

and the brilliant sunsets it brings.

Speaking of which, you all have 4 days left to vote for me in a national photo comp. You can vote using your Facebook login, so you don’t even need to register. No excuses. Go Vote! Ideally for the “spectator” photo.

http://myregion.strutta.com/entries?sort=search&order=mike%20rowe

House hunting. Well, we’ve learnt lots about real estate agents. Mostly not good things. They are pushy and manipulative and drive us crazy. Nothing new there. What is new is our new approach to the house hunting. We’ve got our own real estate agent working for us. He’s a buyers agent. Ignore the cheesy website and its My Property Hunter who we are using. Basically they do mountains of research, get to know us and what we are looking for, find places which are suitable and show us around them. Then if we like places, they do all the negotiating and bargaining on our behalf. They (he) knows the rules and how to play the game. This is where we struggle. Ideally he should save us a decent amount of $$$ as well as making sure we actually buy suited to our needs. Pretty exciting stuff. Besides, it takes the emotion out of house hunting and its the emotion that the real estate vendors count on to get the best prices.

So, more house hunting in the form of waiting for suitable properties to be emailed to us – check Susies blog for more on this front. More trivia we can’t win down at the casino, and spicy lamb rice stir fry for dinner. Yum.





Roller Derby

12 06 2011

Saturday Night. What do you do thats different, fun and exciting? Lets go watch Girls beat up Girls while wearing roller-skates. Sounds like fun to me.

Crunch

Actually, I’m sure there are rules to the game. Basically it involves going round the circle in 2 minute “Jams” with the chick with the star on her head trying to lap “the pack”. They score points for every opposing team member they manage to pass.

This leads to lots of pushing, hitting, slamming and pain. All exciting stuff. Why did we go? Our friend Tiarne from Launceston was taking part! We went to cheer her on and observe this new sport.

Now, a mountain of photos. A big mountain. Sorry. Enjoy.

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Project33, Hobart Sunset

12 06 2011
Hobart Sunset by BaboMike
Hobart Sunset a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

A nice relaxed day. Long weekend, havent been in to work since Tuesday, friends visiting. Perfection. Topped off with an amazing sunset. Whats not to like about Hobart?





Project33, 5 Swans

11 06 2011
5 Swans by BaboMike
5 Swans a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

Another week, another work trip. This time round some succes, some fail. Normal basically.

Last week I did the east coast towns, this time it was west, specifically north west. First stop Deloraine. Usually I believe it’s a maybe 3 hour drive. We had some snow related issues and took more like 7. Oops. Kinda got stuck in the snow. Well, not actually stuck, we did give up before getting really in trouble.

This picky is of some very surprised swans in Shannon Lagoon, just before the town of Miena on the Great Lake. The lake isnt actualy frozen, it’s more of a slush layer getting all bunched up and blown onto shore by the crazy strong wind. The swans at first looked stuck, but hey were intact going slowly through a few inches of the slush.

More pics and trip report to come





The week in Review

5 06 2011

Firstly apologies for lack of posting. Its been a hectic emotionally draining week. I’ve got some pics, but by no means one per day. Sorry. Life got in the way.

Whats been doing? Well, we put an offer in on a house. We loved the house, but it seems we missed out on it by a matter of maybe even minutes. Our offer was in, waiting on the owner of the house to drop down into Hobart to sign it. Unfortunately he had a “sheep” emergency on his farm and didn’t make it into town. More unfortunate than that, while waiting for him to sign, an interstate person put a much higher offer in, so obviously we missed out. Can’t blame the owners at all, they obviously went for the higher offer. Still, so close. The hunt continues.

What else has been doing? I had a couple of days out the office touring the state.

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A 6am start leaving Hobart heading up to Campbell Town and East over to St Helens. Absolutely stunning drive through the morning fog and frost. Stunningly beautiful.

Frosty Morning
Sky, Rock, Sand, Water

Bridport has an old pier, only the poles remain. This is a 30sec exposure, so we (I keep talking about we, I’m referring to myself and Mark, a work colleague) went out picky taking.

Bridport Pier

Mark just purchased a new camera, so it was a good chance to get out into this beautiful state and take some pics. i’ve now got camera envy. Still, the camera I currently have is more than good enough, I need to spend money on houses and stuff instead of cameras. No, really. Maybe. Aaargh, the 7D is so tempting. *must restraint myself*

Rock Valley

So, after spending all week running around organising stuff to buy a house, getting Mum & Dad to go massively out their way to get stuff organised, spending days in limbo stressed, all in and around being out of contact in rural tassie. Crazy week.

Still, had a big night on Friday with friends coming round for drinks and games. And we began house hunting again today.

This week? Another 3 day work trip up to the North West coast this time. Exciting.