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March 14, 2013 / diannegray

The new roof goes on tomorrow!

I was going to post this tomorrow night with pictures of the RUC wearing it’s new roof like one of my fancy hats, but it’s raining and if this weather keeps up it may not go on until the weekend.

In the interim, I thought I’d post a few pictures I took yesterday. The RUC is looking exceptionally happy of late and I think it’s all the love and attention it’s receiving.

The view through the kitchen ‘bar’ into the loungeroom.  Those beams are temporary and the paint job starts next week. Yes – those ceilings are about 10 ft high! (I pity the poor painter) 

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Do do do, lookin’ out my front door! It’s not the RUC that’s crooked – it’s my wonky camera work

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The front veranda. Tomorrow it will be covered by the new roof (hopefully). I’m pretty sure the rain would have washed away those dirty footprints by now.  I love those silky oak french doors!

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I now believe we have another tropical cyclone to contend with. I hope it take’s Sandra’s lead and just keeps on heading out to sea…

UntitledImage: courtesy BOM Australia

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

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  1. nrhatch / Mar 14 2013 1:06 am

    This is going to be the coolest wonkiest house EVA! 😀

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  2. bulldog / Mar 14 2013 1:14 am

    I just love your house… and the view from you front door….. damn I’m jealous… I look over at a squatter camp on the horizon…

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 1:20 am

      I love my house, too, Bulldog. It’s always so green and bright there. I can’t wait until it’s roofed and painted and the floor is done. I need to get some tips from you on how to take pictures without leaning sideways! LOL 😀

      The squatter camp doesn’t sound very enticing, but I’m sure you have a beautiful home 😉

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  3. Theo Fenraven / Mar 14 2013 1:21 am

    Wow. What a terrific place to live!

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 1:25 am

      It’s absolutely beautiful! It looks very ‘unfinished’ at the moment, but pretty soon it’ll be a star! 😉

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      • Theo Fenraven / Mar 14 2013 1:29 am

        And what a view! I don’t know how you’ll get any writing done looking at that all day. I would be staring raptly, mouth open.

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      • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 1:36 am

        Strange that you mention that, Theo. I’m actually organising another smaller veranda at the back of the house. It’s off the kitchen and I’ve called it ‘the writer’s nook’ (I love naming things!). It’s just for me to sit and write so I’m not ogling into the distance every day 😀

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      • Theo Fenraven / Mar 14 2013 1:41 am

        Sounds terrific. I’m starting to give thought to where to put my desk in the new apartment, which is awfully tiny. In warm weather, the choice is obvious: outside. There is a cement ‘landing’ outside my door large enough for a small table and two chairs. There is no wonderful view to distract me. After I fence it in, Suki can be out there with me.

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      • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 6:59 am

        What a brilliant idea, Theo. I write outside a much as I possibly can 😉

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  4. Polysyllabic Profundities / Mar 14 2013 2:16 am

    I love, love, love the RUC!! (and the row of what look like airplane seats in the first picture!!) It’s going to be absolutely stunning when it’s finished! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:03 am

      I’m so glad you love the place. It certainly deserves love 😀
      There were transient people squatting there for a few months before it became ours 😯 – so it came with a few interesting additions (including the airplane seats and the odd wheel chair that you can see in the left back corner) 😉

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  5. Don't Quote Lily / Mar 14 2013 2:16 am

    Looking great! So exciting. 😀

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:04 am

      I’m heading out there soon, Lily. I couldn’t get to sleep last night until about 1am. I got up at 4:45 and am heading out there soon to take a look – and the skies are clear as a bell! 😀

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  6. Peter / Mar 14 2013 2:41 am

    I think I’m almost as excited about this as you are! When we bought our school it desperately needed a roof. Quite naively I thought the job would be done in a couple days but between roof and gutters they guys were there for 21 days. Same price as quoted but I certainly under guessed the amount of time the job would take.

    Your Ole Place is going to be wonderful! Just seeing the “bones” I can tell.

    I’m so happy for you.

    That said… even though I understand the reason for the beams in the loungeroom photo they still make me nervous. — so much for being rational. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:10 am

      Those beams in the loungeroom were put there to move it. They actually cut the house in half to fit it on the truck and they moved it in two pieces, so they had to build a ‘wall’ to hold the roof up on the side without the main beam. It’s together now, so that ‘wall’ is no longer needed 😀 The place is as strong as an ox. I was told by the engineer who checked it out for the move that if there was a cat 5 cyclone, he’d be coming to the RUC for safety! 😀

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  7. adinparadise / Mar 14 2013 3:35 am

    This is sooo exciting, Dianne. I’m sure you’re going absolutely love living there, and that view is just awesome. 🙂 Hope the rain eases up for you. xx

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:11 am

      It’s morning now and such a clear day! Woo Hoo – I’m SO excited. Thank you so much for sharing my joy, Sylvia! 😀

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      • adinparadise / Mar 14 2013 8:33 am

        Happy to hear it, Dianne. Have a great day. xx

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  8. avwalters / Mar 14 2013 3:42 am

    Congratulations on making lemonade out of lemons. The last year has been tough, but here is the reward.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:13 am

      Awww thank you. I’m just so grateful for my life an all the beauty that is now in it 😀

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  9. mcwoman / Mar 14 2013 3:48 am

    It’s so exciting to see your new home come alive. I certainly hope the rain stays away and lets the roofers do their thing.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:15 am

      It’s looking good at the moment, Barb! I’m tired after a very restless night, but the sun is shining now and all is good (apart from the fact that my laptop has crashed and I’m now using an old one while trying to fix it!) 😯

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  10. ripe red berries / Mar 14 2013 3:53 am

    It’s so exciting to see the process!! I’m so happy for you and I just love the open air living…(: I’m sending the rain gods thoughts to stay away!! (: Great view out the front door too!

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:29 am

      I’m sure your thoughts to the rain gods have helped! It’s morning here now and the sky is blue and clear. YAY. Thank you! 😀

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  11. billyraychitwood1 / Mar 14 2013 4:08 am

    Love it all! Such great moments, these, as you and yours watch a new creation! So happy for you – it is indeed beautiful!

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:17 am

      Thank you so much, Billy Ray! I’m glad I’m taking these pictures because I’m going to set up a montage of the progress. I’m sure one day someone will look at the those pictures and be astounded at the way it looked ‘then’ and the way it looks ‘now’ 😀

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  12. kford2007 / Mar 14 2013 4:11 am

    the house and view are gorgeous! You sound like we do here in Florida between June and November. Always have our eyes on the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, hoping and praying the next storm stays just a small storm or heads out to sea if it turns into a monster hurricane. Keeping fingers crossed you’re neck of the woods stays safe and sound.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:22 am

      I’m glad you understand the issues 😉 The problem with the RUC is that it needed to be moved asap to make way for a new building. This is the worst time of year to be doing this, for exactly the reasons you’ve stated. There are also good things about moving it at this time. One being the ‘movers’ had no work on because ‘no one does this during monsoon/cyclone season’ LOL 😉 and the other good thing is that the sugar cane season hasn’t started yet, so all the mill workers and trades people are looking for work to tide them over. I think I’ve been extremely lucky with the weather so far (touch wood!) 😀

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  13. Photos With Finesse / Mar 14 2013 4:31 am

    Envious of the views! And the lush greens. Did it come with the furnishings? That row of blue seats looks like someone nicked them from an airplane – is there yet another fascinating story behind that? 😉 Good luck with the roofs, rains and keeping yet another cyclone away!

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:27 am

      The RUC was empty for a few months before we found it, Suzan, so squatters were living there. They left a few odd things (like the airplane seats and the weird looking wheel chair in the left side of the picture). We’ve got friends who want to take the seats (we’ve already given away 4 sets of them!) so they’ll be gone by the weekend 😉

      I was really surprised when they moved the house and these things were still inside!

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      • Photos With Finesse / Mar 20 2013 1:28 am

        That is incredible when you think of the scope of the move. Shows how ‘gentle’ those massive moves are – guess that’s the only way they can do it without ‘shaking the foundations’ – literally! 😀

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  14. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Mar 14 2013 4:38 am

    wow what progress – hope the weather gods are nice to you
    it is cold and windy here with snow–where is spring?

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:31 am

      I don’t know where spring is – it’s been a very long and cold winter for the Northern hemisphere. I’m wondering now what our winter will be like when it hits here 😯 The weather gods are really starting to behave today in my neck of the woods – YAY 😉

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  15. Jill Weatherholt / Mar 14 2013 4:50 am

    Wow! Spectacular! You are one lucky gal, Dianne! When’s the housewarming party? 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:38 am

      How about house warming ‘parties’ LOL! Every time we make a new improvement I’m sure there will be a few people to fill the place and have a ‘cheers’ with us, Jill! The other beautiful thing is that friends will turn up out of the blue, roll their sleeves up and ask, ‘what can I do?’ It’s a wonderful feeling 😉

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  16. Janna G. Noelle / Mar 14 2013 4:57 am

    It looks so rustic (in a good way). 🙂 This is so exciting! (And I can’t get over that view!)

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:42 am

      It is a magnificent view, Janna. In fact it’s so good that I’ve organized another small veranda out the back just off the kitchen so i can sit there and write without the distraction of the view! Otherwise I’d just be staring off into the distance all day LOL 😯

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  17. harulawordsthatserve / Mar 14 2013 5:00 am

    Looks very inviting Dianne – my guess is the happiness is as much yours as the RUC’s:-) Stay away storm, this baby isn’t wearing a hat yet…

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:44 am

      My RUC needs a hat if the storm hits, otherwise she’ll be soaked to the skin! I’m pretty sure the RUC is happy – even one of the builders said to me the other day – “I swear I can feel this place smiling!” 😀 So sweet….

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  18. Anna Belfrage / Mar 14 2013 5:17 am

    Are those airplane seats in your living room? Totally jealous of your veranda – and of the fact that you live in a climate where you’ll be able to use it all year round. Just from looking at the pictures I feel imbued by peace – and that’s without taking into consideration the chocolate pudding tree.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 7:51 am

      They certainly are some kind of airplane seats, Anna! There were squatters living there for a few months before we found the place. That’s only a portion of the seats they left there, we’ve given the others away and are waiting on the last person to pick up the rest! It wasn’t the movers job to get things out before they moved it, so they left them in there! LOL 😀

      I can’t wait for the chocolate pudding tree to fruit so I can take some pics for you 😉

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  19. Bonnie / Mar 14 2013 5:51 am

    I love it!! I love the high ceilings, all the woodwork and the window! I said it last week and I will say it again, oh to sit on your veranda with a glass of wine and chat the day away….. sigh! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:01 am

      Now you know how big the veranda really is, Bonnie, it will be a joy! I’ve got another smaller veranda out the back which will be my writers nook. Once the rails are up, I’ll put a picture here 😀 I’m so glad you love the place as much as I do 😉

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  20. Roy McCarthy / Mar 14 2013 5:59 am

    Just love it. If that bar could talk what tales it would tell! It just sings out good times and I hope you’ll both be very happy there.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:03 am

      I’m pretty sure there’s been a lot of laughter and maybe some tears at that bar, Roy! There’s a beautiful stained glass light I want to hang there, I’m sure it will fit in beautifully ;D

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  21. Kozo / Mar 14 2013 5:59 am

    It’s huge, Dianne. So much air. So much green. Hope just walking around this palace makes you feel better. You are blessed, and we love you. What you can’t see in the pictures is how happy we are for you. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Kozo! There really is an aura of freedom and openness that sweeps through the entire place. I can’t wait to take some pics of my ‘writer’s nook’ to show you 😀 Extra big {{{Hugs}}} to you my friend – and you know why 😉

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  22. starproms / Mar 14 2013 6:12 am

    It’s coming on beautifully. I love the veranda. What are those crops growing in the field opposite?

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:06 am

      That is sugar cane, Oma! it’s such a beautiful thing to look out on. Once the cutting season start, little trains come down past the front to the RUC and collect the cut cane. they will make fantastic photos for you to see 😀

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      • starproms / Mar 14 2013 7:49 pm

        Great! I shall look forward to seeing them. I know nothing about sugar cane.

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  23. Sheila / Mar 14 2013 7:03 am

    I love the camping out feel of that loungeroom – looks like a great place for all the fun times ahead! Hopefully that hurricane won’t tempt your neighbor to go out on his roof again.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:13 am

      LOL! I’m sure that’s where he’ll be if it hits 😀

      The loungeroom will look great when it’s finished (but I really don’t know when that will be) – but at the moment it’s right for a few hammocks and a gas cooker 😀

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      • Sheila / Mar 15 2013 2:24 am

        I love camping so that sounds great to me (and would probably be tempted to leave it that way)! But then again, maybe I’m just lazy.

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      • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 6:59 am

        I think it’s all the fashion now to leave things ‘as is’. I’ve had a few people say to just sand it a bit and estapol over the top to give it that ‘half finished’ feeling – but even that take work 😉

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  24. Vikki Thompson / Mar 14 2013 7:24 am

    How exciting!!!!! 🙂

    Xx

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  25. Rick Mallery / Mar 14 2013 7:43 am

    When’s the BBQ? Are we all invited?!!! The place looks GREAT! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:17 am

      It’s beautiful. Rick. Because it’s going to be lifted at second story height, the BBQ will be underneath in the ‘man cave’ LOL 😀

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  26. the eternal traveller / Mar 14 2013 7:52 am

    Hope it goes well today. Good luck.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:17 am

      Thank you so much. Morning here now and the sun is shining 😀

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  27. Carrie Rubin / Mar 14 2013 8:01 am

    The weather in my neck of the woods is typical Ohio March. Which I hate. Last weekend we were teased with sunshine and 60 degree weather (Fahrenheit). Today it’s snowing. Blech.

    But your pictures are great! Love the one of the front veranda with the mountain beyond it. Lovely.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:20 am

      Thank you, Carrie 😀 The weather can be such a tricky beast at times – one minute it’s behaving and the next it’s freezing us or blowing us away. I really hope yours starts behaving soon. Wishing a load of sunshine comes your way very soon! 😀

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    • robincoyle / Mar 14 2013 8:47 am

      Okay . . . this is weird. This is the third blog I’ve read today where I commented right below Carrie. It is like I’m stalking her!

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      • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 8:49 am

        LOL! 😀

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      • Carrie Rubin / Mar 14 2013 8:50 am

        I could do worse for a stalker…

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      • robincoyle / Mar 14 2013 8:53 am

        Where are you headed to next? I’ll follow right behind you and lurk in the shadows.

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      • Carrie Rubin / Mar 14 2013 10:08 am

        I’m presently off to go read on my treadmill. You can lurk behind my basement pole.

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  28. 1girl4adamwest / Mar 14 2013 9:00 am

    Super cool RUC with many views!!!

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 9:03 am

      SO many views, so much sugar cane and so many beautiful mountains. At night we can see the lights of the city in the distance 😀 Very pretty indeed…

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  29. CheriSpeak / Mar 14 2013 10:11 am

    I wanna live there too please!? I did say “please” :p

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 11:23 am

      LOL! 😀 There’s enough room for all of us! 😀

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  30. Jacqui Murray / Mar 14 2013 10:36 am

    How gorgeous, Diane! What a patio! I love big welcoming patios–and the chairs are wonderful.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 11:24 am

      They are very big. I’m sure I could fit a lot of dinner tables out there if we ever host a wedding! 😀

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  31. justinwriter / Mar 14 2013 11:34 am

    I love renovations, so it’s been a lot of fun seeing these photos. Can’t wait to see the new roof. High ceilings are so civilised. Now, if you could just get up onto that mountain and take a shot of your house when it’s finished, that would be fun. 🙂

    Oh, Tim the cyclone. Every Tim I’ve ever known has been gentle, so let’s hope this one is too.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 12:32 pm

      Dear old Tim – reminds me a bit of the the PMs ‘friend’ 😀 Every Tim I’ve ever known has also been a gentle soul. Lets hope this one doesn’t let the side down 😉

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  32. Ruth Rainwater / Mar 14 2013 11:51 am

    Beautiful view and what a grand home you’ll have when it’s done! I have to admit I’m kinda jealous. 🙂 I just love the high ceilings, and everything I’ve seen so far.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 12:35 pm

      It’s going to be fairly spectacular I think, Ruth. We’ve already had a lot of ‘rubberneckers’ coming down our road (which is a ‘no through road’ so it’s unusual to see a lot of cars!) 😀 I think a lot of locals are watching its progress 😉

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  33. The Bumble Files / Mar 14 2013 12:28 pm

    Wow, this is gorgeous already, Dianne! I think when you’re done it’s going to be something else. It will be wonderful. I love the views!! It will be a great spot to write, too. I’m so excited for you.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 12:38 pm

      This is my muse, Amy! Even while I’m doing stuff to fix the place I keep getting stories flashing through my mind. I’m trying to calm the muse at the moment (and just taking notes) until I’ve got my writing desk set up on my ‘writer’s nook’! 😀

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  34. jmgoyder / Mar 14 2013 1:23 pm

    I want it!

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 1:49 pm

      LOL! I can imagine your farmhouse is just as lovely, Julie 😀

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  35. EllaDee / Mar 14 2013 1:30 pm

    I love the high ceilings, french doors, verandah and the view 🙂 I’m glad another commenter asked about the unique furnishings 😉 At least it’s your wonky camera work that’s crooked. I don’t think there one part of the construction of our old girl that is straight. We hang pictures level, and they appear crooked. Most of all I’m happy that the RUC is strong and cyclone proof.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 1:55 pm

      The furnishing are highly (erm) unique – you’ve hit that nail on the head! 😉 I can’t wait to get them out of the place. It looks like a construction site at the moment and that’s the beauty of taking these photos, it’ll be great to see the next installment (it’s a sad state of affairs when I start looking forward to my next blog post!) LOL 😀

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      • EllaDee / Mar 14 2013 3:18 pm

        We have some spare old (rustic and maybe a little rusty on the edges) & new (knock off) industrial type metal light shades – the sort that seem to be so trendy now in house magazines, and expensive in the second hand shops. I have a couple of the new brushed metal knock off type up in our old house which also has 10 foot ceilings and I think they look good. The older rustic real light shades are better but too big for our space. We gave a couple of the older style shades to friends who bought a restored church and they look great. You are welcome to whatever we have that you need if you can think of a way to get them from either Taylors Arm or Sydney to the RUC. I can take photos at Easter, and email them to you if you think you might be interested 🙂

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      • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 3:38 pm

        You are absolutely wonderful and generous and beautiful! Thank you so much for making this offer, Ella! I’m really flattered. But hubby has already got all the lights and shades organised (he’s a bit like that!) And he’s also got the huge long-stemmed ‘5 blade’ ceiling fans (4 of them) to go in the loungeroom, they look like 60’s ones, but they’re remote control! All our light shades and switches are sitting waiting to go in (the switches are ‘pull-string’ to keep with the original design of the house).

        You are a sweetheart 😀

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      • EllaDee / Mar 14 2013 3:47 pm

        It’s always worth offering, you never know. It is fantastic that hubby has it all organised. Pull string switches – wow 🙂 I can’t wait to see the progress photo installments.

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  36. Maddie Cochere / Mar 14 2013 2:55 pm

    I’m green with envy!! I want a RUC! It’s just so exciting to have a home moved onto your property – shazam! I’m sure it will be spectacular and words will flow freely from your writer’s nook. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 3:12 pm

      You’ll love my writer’s nook, Maddie. I can’t wait to show it to you 😀 It’s going up so fast it’s getting a lot of attention from the traffic (even though it’s a ‘no through’ road, it’s suddenly become busy!)

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  37. Denise Hisey / Mar 14 2013 3:59 pm

    That’s so exciting, Dianne!
    Your long wait is coming to an end!

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 6:45 pm

      Absolutely, Denise 😀 The painter was out there today and he’s going to start in the next few weeks (as soon as some of the handrail is repaired) – SO excited 😀

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      • Peter / Mar 14 2013 10:17 pm

        Why is it that paint makes such a huge change to our brains?

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      • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 6:47 am

        I’m not sure Peter – but I know one thing, they charge a fortune!

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      • Peter / Mar 15 2013 8:01 am

        Well, there ya go. I have always done my own painting. 8′, 10′, 12′ and 15′ hallways.. Just stick a paintroller in my hand and lemme go.

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  38. dennisberry / Mar 14 2013 4:37 pm

    Looking good, Dianne. I bet you’re anxiously awaiting the final nail, and spot of paint.

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    • diannegray / Mar 14 2013 6:47 pm

      Absolutely, Dennis! The painter was out there today – woo hoo. He should be starting in the next few weeks. I’m loving the activity that’s going on there at the moment 😀

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  39. bodhisattvaintraining / Mar 14 2013 10:14 pm

    It’s gorgeous! Best wishes with the weather..

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    • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 6:46 am

      Thank you so much, Annie 😉 I hope everything went okay yesterday…

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      • bodhisattvaintraining / Mar 15 2013 7:15 am

        Thanks Dianne. The infusion itself went easily – we were left stunned by news she can have one more under the pbs and then it’s not approved for UC so not sure what happens next! Pretty flat and scared again last night…we’ll get through of course.

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      • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 7:23 am

        This is not good news, Annie. I don’t know how many she will need altogether, and I’m guessing it just depends on the effectiveness of this one and the next. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help in any way…

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      • bodhisattvaintraining / Mar 16 2013 9:48 pm

        Thanks so much Dianne, I appreciate that.

        Yes we have to wait and see how effective it is and if she needs more you will hear me roar if it’s denied xx

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  40. Elisa / Mar 15 2013 1:36 am

    Oh this looks awesome! I love the high ceilings. You must be so exciting, things are trucking along so well. Light at the end of the tunnel. And your camerwork is just fine…don’t let anyone tell you differently 🙂
    Weather here is warm, we are in the 80s F during the day, 50s at night. We saw the comet near the moon last night, super cool! Finally.
    I work somewhat near the beach and we are already getting our foggy gloomy weather (I think because inland has heated up so much) so it looks like pea soup outside and I can’t see the building across the street. I keep expecting to hear the hounds of the baskervilles or something.

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    • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 6:57 am

      I’ve never been to Southern California, Elisa, but it’s on my bucket list when I get brave enough to fly across the ocean 😉 I wouldn’t have imagined it would get foggy, but it reminds me of the place I’ve moved away from (Canberra) where you sometimes can’t even see the front of your own car when your driving through thick fog.

      I checked the RUC yesterday and it’s a hive of activity with the gutters and roofing going on. We had the painters out yesterday looking at it and it probably wont be ready for them for about three weeks – so excited 😀

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  41. Irish Katie / Mar 15 2013 3:55 am

    Ohh….it must be sooooooo excitng. I know I am getting to this a day late…so now am wondering…is the rooftop on? By the way, the photo looking through the front door? What are those plants out there? It looks like a crop of some kind, but I cannot fathom what it might be.

    And … I love the veranda too.

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    • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 7:04 am

      It’s sugar cane, Katie. Once the cutting season starts I’ll get some pictures of the cute little trains that chug past to pick it up. I went out yesterday afternoon to check and there is a lot of activity going on, but the roof isn’t finished yet. This afternoon I’ll check again because I expect these things to happen in fast motion like you see on the TV, but it’s not working that way LOL 😀

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  42. Lynda / Mar 15 2013 5:09 am

    Dianne, I am so happy for you! Your new home is going to be just wonderful! Love the air conditioning (all those doors) and is that sugar cane growing in the distance and for as far as the eye can see? Simply lovely!

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    • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 7:10 am

      The sugar cane looks like a blanket of emerald green and is a picture to behold, Lynda. I’m glad its not suburbia with clothes lines and broken down cars 😉

      All those doors! There are seven of them leading onto the veranda around the house – luckily they’re all in beautiful condition (only one has a pane of glass missing, but it’s easy to replace that). Thank you for being as excited as I am! 😀

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      • Lynda / Mar 15 2013 10:55 am

        I saw sugar cane growing in Hawaii many years ago. It is beautiful! 😀

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  43. char / Mar 15 2013 6:20 am

    The RUC looks like it’s going to be FULL of personality. Love it, and seeing the progress along the way makes it even better. Good luck with your next storm…crossing my fingers for you. My weather is great–in the 60’s today. Crossing my fingers that it stays that way until tomorrow because I’ll be out for hours at a track meet.

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    • diannegray / Mar 15 2013 7:16 am

      I’m glad you like the ‘progress’ shots, Char – I was wondering if it was a good idea to do this (or if I’d bore people to death!) 😉 You’ve hit the nail on the head with the ‘personality’ of the RUC – it’s absolutely jam packed with it!

      Best of luck for the track meet and I’m crossing my fingers (and toes) for you so it stays fine and you do very well 😀

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      • char / Mar 15 2013 2:10 pm

        I’d be warm if I was participating in the track meet. Alas, I’m just a spectator. That’s why I get so cold on those metal bleachers.

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  44. jmmcdowell / Mar 15 2013 9:57 am

    I hope the storm stays far away from you! I think it will be fun for you to see the RUC transform into a home. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 16 2013 8:30 am

      The storm is actually helping at the moment, JM. It’s sucked all the clouds out to sea (where it’s just sitting there building up), they say it could come back in and hit land, but they’re not sure where yet… It’s very touch and go! But at the moment, it’s sunny here. I’m heading out today to take some photos 😀

      I’ve been offline because my laptop died yesterday morning – oh well, might be time for a new one…

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  45. donnajeanmcdunn / Mar 15 2013 2:31 pm

    I love your house, I can picture it when it’s finished and your view alone is enough to cause the rest of us to be filled with envy. You must be going crazy waiting on the weather to clear up so everyone can get busy finishing it up. We received 8 inches of snow a few days ago and now tomorrow, we’re expecting 60 degree weather. It’s been a crazy couple of years in the weather department. We’re still trying to recover from the drought we had last year.

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    • diannegray / Mar 16 2013 8:44 am

      The storm we were expecting has built into a cyclone and is now sitting off the coast (there are actually two of them now, Tim and Sandra). The good thing about this is that Tim has sucked all the clouds out to sea so it’s quite sunny here – perfect for the roof guys 😀

      The weather has been crazy lately, Donna, the fact that you’ve had so much snow and then sudden warmth is quite strange – it’s like spring is trying very hard to get to you!

      I’m so glad you love the house – I can’t wait until it’s ready to live in 😀

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  46. jannatwrites / Mar 15 2013 3:31 pm

    That veranda is AWESOME! You have the best views there 🙂 I hope the weather cooperates and you get your roof sooner than later.

    P.S, Couldn’t get into your last post, but wanted to say ‘good for you’ for your IP research and turning the info over. Out of your hands now!

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    • diannegray / Mar 16 2013 8:51 am

      Thanks, Janna. I put a password on the last post because it’s now part on an official investigation that can’t go public and I can’t say much more than that – except it’s all good 😉

      I love that veranda – it’s actually so big that I’ve organised for part of the back of the house to be converted back to a smaller veranda that I’m calling my ‘writer’s nook’ only because I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate on my writing if I sit on the front veranda and just ogle at those views all day!

      My laptop died yesterday, so I was offline – but I’m heading out today to get some pics of the roof and hopefully I’ll have a new computer next week so I can post them 😯

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  47. Spider42 / Mar 15 2013 8:05 pm

    Looks lovely!

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  48. 4amWriter / Mar 16 2013 5:57 am

    I want that veranda! How exciting. I hope the weather holds off for you so that you can finish the roof. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 16 2013 8:53 am

      It’s almost there 😀 The weather is behaving, but my laptop died unfortunately – but I’ll be back on line very soon! 😀

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  49. Praussie / Mar 16 2013 10:21 am

    I love your veranda. I love your blog. I can imagine a bunch of rocking chairs on it with a a chess game. Oh maybe a hammock. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 16 2013 3:06 pm

      I’m glad you mentioned this because I do have a couple of hammocks! Now I just have to find the right rocking chair 😀

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  50. ly / Mar 16 2013 12:00 pm

    Much nicer inside shots than the ones with the snake skin on the computer. Coming along nicely!

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    • diannegray / Mar 16 2013 3:09 pm

      LOL! Thank you, Ly. No snakes allowed in the RUC. There are a whole lot of things I’m organising to keep them (and rats) out 😀

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  51. ramblingsfromamum / Mar 16 2013 3:13 pm

    Sorry I am so behind in answering and reading posts . Little bit on my plate 😦 It is coming along nicely and omg that view, what writer would not find inspiration sitting looking at those mountains! I am so envious of you right now young lady. xxx

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    • diannegray / Mar 16 2013 3:30 pm

      I’m actually really behind as well in reading posts. There is so much going on and then my lap top decided to die yesterday! Oh dear… 😦

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  52. Subtlekate / Mar 16 2013 5:59 pm

    Wow it’s really coming along.

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    • diannegray / Mar 17 2013 7:59 am

      Strangely enough the roofers didn’t turn up (wtf). But they promised me they’d be there today 😀

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      • Subtlekate / Mar 17 2013 1:53 pm

        What? Tradies that didn’t turn up….that’s unheard of.

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      • diannegray / Mar 18 2013 8:19 am

        LOL!!! 😆

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  53. grumpytyke / Mar 16 2013 7:23 pm

    Catching up on a lot of unread posts due to work etc so read this at the end of a series including all the ATO stuff (the sort of thing I had in mind when I first created ‘grumpytyke’, though it’s not worked out quite that way). Anyway, just to say it was so good to see something good for you; hope the roofing has all gone well.

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    • diannegray / Mar 17 2013 8:04 am

      Thanks, Grumpy. I’m guessing here that you may have had an experience similar to mine with the government. It’d be interesting to hear…

      The roofers didn’t turn up to finish it off yesterday – but I’ve been promised they will today. I’m heading out there shortly to check and take some pictures.

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  54. Rohan 7 Things / Mar 17 2013 12:10 am

    What a beautiful building! And those high ceilings are amazing, can’t wait to see it with the roof on 🙂

    All the best Dianne!

    Rohan.

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    • diannegray / Mar 17 2013 8:08 am

      Thanks, Rohan. I get a warm fuzzy feeling every time I’m there. It’s just beautiful 😀

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  55. bluebee / Mar 17 2013 7:58 am

    What a beautiful room with a view. And what a sense of achievement you must feel, Dianne.

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    • diannegray / Mar 17 2013 8:18 am

      It’s is a beautiful room with a view! There’s something about the place that is warm and inviting. I keep ‘discovering’ things like yesterday when I noticed the type of glass that is in the windows. I took a pic and am going to post it soon 😀

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  56. pennycoho / Mar 17 2013 9:10 am

    I love your house Dianne. Windows, yes lots of windows! Good luck with the new storm. Fingers crossed here for you! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 18 2013 8:19 am

      Thank you, Penny. I’m so glad you like it 😀 The storm is now south of us, but they’re saying it will move north again tomorrow. Thank goodness we now have our new roof! 😉

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      • pennycoho / Mar 18 2013 8:20 am

        Love it Dianne and am very happy for your new roof! Will keep you safe and secure, Yay!!!!! 🙂

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  57. agjorgenson / Mar 18 2013 6:41 am

    Wow, that is looking marvellous! The weather is cold (-5 Celsius) where I am, but I won’t complain since I don’t have to worry about any tropical storms. Besides, i am winging my way to Germany this week. Good luck with the rest of the work!

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    • diannegray / Mar 18 2013 8:21 am

      Thank you Allen! The roof is now on and just need to upload the pictures 😀 Lucky you, going to Germany for a week!

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  58. Jenny Ackland / Mar 18 2013 3:58 pm

    WOW it’s looking fantastic. Love that first pic especially of the big room with high ceilings, what a wonderful space. And I just knew that hat link would be to the towel head. Love it! Weather down here is cool, so much cooler than last week, and a bit drizzly and grey. Nice to have the relief but it’s all good – no cyclones, that’s for sure. Can’t wait for new pics.

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    • diannegray / Mar 18 2013 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Jenny. I’m heading out there soon to get more pics 😉

      I’m glad you’ve cooled off a bit down there. That heat is a killer 😦

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  59. Piper George / Mar 18 2013 5:58 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic space inside. I love over plan. I quite like the beams in too. You have an amazing setting for your home there. Keep the photos coming!

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    • Piper George / Mar 18 2013 5:58 pm

      That would of course be ‘open plan’. No idea what over plan is, but I’m sure that’s lovely too.

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      • diannegray / Mar 19 2013 6:45 am

        I’m sure it’s very nice. LOL 😉

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    • diannegray / Mar 19 2013 6:44 am

      Will do Piper. The roof is now on and it looks fantastic 😀

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  60. amb / Mar 19 2013 9:49 am

    Loving all the pictures and updates and hoping the roof is now where it should be! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 9:18 am

      It is – and I’m hoping to post some pics today 😀

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      • amb / Mar 20 2013 9:39 am

        yay!

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  61. Hazy Shades of Me / Mar 24 2013 5:48 am

    I loooove it. And, what an awesome veranda to sit on while looking at that awesome view, while writing awesome stories. Lucky ducky!!!

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    • diannegray / Mar 24 2013 7:07 am

      LOL – I love being a lucky ducky!!! We’ve had a heap of rain since it went on (YAY – all dry) 😀

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  62. eof737 / Apr 11 2013 7:14 pm

    It looks lovely and you have quite the view out those windows… 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 5:46 am

      The view is magnificent, Eliz 😀 I can’t wait until they start cutting the cane so I can get all the white birds following the harvester. That’s a fairly spectacular sight 😉

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