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April 18, 2013 / diannegray

The RUC is up!

I was out at the farm yesterday when the house movers lifted the RUC to its final height. It doesn’t look that high in the picture until you notice the two people standing under it.

I’ve been working on sanding and varnishing the doors for the past few weeks. I’ve nearly finished three single doors and have only got nine sets to go. Oh joy! I don’t even want to do the math.

If you look on the veranda you’ll see the French doors I’m dealing with (above and on either side of the ‘oversize’ truck). There are five sets of them that lead from the main house onto the veranda.

The door that has taken most of my time is the front door. It’s all oak and had over six layers of paint on it (it’s not in the picture but will be soon).


I’ve been given eight sets of French doors that are very old but in excellent condition. I’ll be using those for the spare room and my bedroom and was going to just sand and repaint them – BUT – when I began to scrape the paint off I realised they are all very old red cedar. I don’t know if you’ve ever worked with red cedar, but I’m smelling pretty sweet these days and people keep asking me what perfume I’m wearing. Once I’m finished one I’ll put up a ‘before’ and ‘after’ shot.

Before I went to the RUC on Monday morning I was reading some blogs and kept seeing something flutter out of the corner of my eye. After a while I got up to take a better look and saw this fantastic creature drinking the nectar of the flowers in the garden. I got a picture and Googled it. It’s called a Cairns Birdwing Butterfly. And it really is the size of a bird!



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  1. Maryanne / Apr 18 2013 6:47 am

    It looks great! I LOVE the smell of red cedar — and the butterfly 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 7:06 am

      All I can smell these days is red cedar, Maryanne. It’s beautiful! 😀


  2. Theo Fenraven / Apr 18 2013 6:50 am

    RUC looks great. Very pretty. Love the butterfly!


  3. Tracy / Apr 18 2013 7:02 am

    Great news Dianne and the RUC looks brilliant 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 7:07 am

      Thank you, Tracy! Once the truck is out of the way I can hopefully get a pic of the full vista 😀


  4. avwalters / Apr 18 2013 7:05 am

    Oooooh, How I love projects! I’m even jealous of your French Door refinishing! And that RUC (a name that is beginning to stick, by the way) is really much higher than I’d imagined. What that must do for your view!


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 7:08 am

      The view is magnificent. I didn’t get too close to the handrails yesterday to take pics of the view because I need to get used to the height first! LOL 😉


  5. Sheila Morris / Apr 18 2013 7:10 am

    GREAT NEWS – progress is being made in Australia and all of your cyberspace friends on Worsham Street and Casa de Canterbury are thrilled for you!! And the picture of the butterfly is stunning. We ain’t got nary a one of those in Texas. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 7:20 am

      LOL – none in Texas? I’ll have to send you more pictures so you can stick them on the windows 😉 It really is a beautiful thing to behold!

      Big hugs and paw snaps to all my friends at Worsham Street and Casa de Canterbury 😀


  6. Peter / Apr 18 2013 7:12 am

    Looking Good Diane. In a few months all the rush and work will settle into memories and you’ll be livin’ large. So great to see the progress.

    I had no idea how HIGH the RUC would be after she was stumped — it that a flooding issue? Just curious.

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    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 7:24 am

      Yes – it should be because of a flooding issue, Peter (but the real fact is that hubby wants a ‘man cave’ underneath) LOL 😀 We do get floods here in QLD, but where the RUC is it has only ever flooded (from my memory) once when the water came up around my hips. But the land has been built up for the RUC now, so hopefully any flooding will go ‘around’ instead of ‘under’. 😉


  7. mcwoman / Apr 18 2013 7:34 am

    This is so exciting to see the RUC WIP! Thanks for sharing your journey toward your new house. I wish I could get a a whiff of your sweet scent and see that glorious butterfly in person. How magnificent! Keep up the good work, Dianne.


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 7:37 am

      Thank so much, Barb! It’s a lot of work, but it will all be worth it 😀


  8. / Apr 18 2013 8:05 am

    a) can’t wait to see the doors b) that butterfly is so unique and beautiful that it doesn’t’ even look real and c) (or 3 -as they would say on Seinfeld) congrats on this next big step! Such a cool project.


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:29 pm

      Thank you so much, my dear! I’ve just come back from working on a door today that I thought I’d have finished by now, but it’s proving more difficult than I first thought (luckily I was born with A LOT of patience).

      I thought the butterfly was rare, but apparently not (which is great). 😀

      Speaking of steps – I need them because I’m using a ladder to get up and down from the RUC (this is proving to be a serious test of my clumsy side!)


  9. Janna G. Noelle / Apr 18 2013 8:09 am

    Yay! It’s up! One of my good fiends, who is Aussie, told me before about how houses on stilts are common Down Under (although, for some reason, I can’t recall why. Is it a form of flood-proofing?)

    And I love that butterfly. But then, I love all your wildlife sightings. 🙂 It makes me want to come visit you and go exploring in nature. When I used to work in the national parks, one of my tasks one time was to catch, euthenize, and pin butterflies for educational purposes. Thankfully, I wasn’t very good at it, so not too many butterflies suffered for science.


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:32 pm

      We usually build high in Australia because of floods, Janna – but another reason for us building high is that hubby wants the ultimate ‘man cave’ and this is what the downstairs area will be LOL. 😀

      The butterfly is the prettiest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I’m glad you’re bad at catching them 😉


  10. JackieP / Apr 18 2013 8:28 am

    that is going to be just too cool to live there! I wish I could come visit! The butterfly is awesome. wow, it’s huge! I love cedar but am allergic to it. But I do love the smell! I would bottle it and sell it as perfume, less work then what you are doing! ha! Can’t wait for the pictures of the french and front doors. You go girl!


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:33 pm

      Thanks, Jackie! I need a bit of a push today because I thought I was going to finish one of the French doors today and I didn’t (because it’s being stubborn!) 😉


  11. Jill Weatherholt / Apr 18 2013 8:30 am

    Magnificent, Dianne! I can’t wait to see the photos of your view. I love butterflies. I’ve never seen an emerald one ~ beautiful!


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:34 pm

      I’ve never seen one before either, Jill and I lived here for years. I hope it moves out to the RUC with me 😀


  12. Kozo / Apr 18 2013 8:33 am

    Wow, that is one long fall from the top of that roof. Be careful scrubbing the roof in a thunderstorm.
    So many French doors that we are going to have to turn up our noses when we say RUC.
    Also, love the butterfly. Looks like it just ate that grasshopper from a few weeks ago. Is Queensland like Texas, everything is bigger? {{{hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:39 pm

      I know who to call if I want the roof cleaned in a thunderstorm! LOL 😀

      I’m still a bit tentative just going upstairs (and when I say ‘stairs’ I mean ‘ladder’ because the stairs aren’t there yet) 😯 I have a ‘thing’ about heights, but I know I’ll get used to it after I’ve been there a while. Well – I’m hoping! 😉

      Yes – everything is bigger in Australia, Kozo (even my muscles) 😀



  13. justinwriter / Apr 18 2013 8:58 am

    This is fantastic, Dianne. 🙂 House looks better every time something new happens. And with the doors, I don’t think I’ve ever quoted from the bible before but here goes: ‘Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ Not sure if I did that right, but anyway … And my oh my that is one beautiful butterfly.


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:45 pm

      Those doors are proving to be more difficult than I thought they would be, Justin. I’ve been working on one all day that I was sure I’d finish, but its being very difficult because the glass has been in it for so long (and the putty is like super-glu) 😯

      The butterfly is magnificent and I’m really glad one of the 10 photos I took of it came out clearly! 😉


  14. Rick Mallery / Apr 18 2013 9:01 am

    Awesome! All that hard work and patience is paying off. Keep it up. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:48 pm

      Thanks, Rick! My muscles are getting bigger! lol 😀


  15. John / Apr 18 2013 9:18 am

    WOW!! It looks so nice now Dianne! I am wondering why it’s so high. Is it in a flood plain? Probably a stupid question I admit… 😉


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:50 pm

      It does flood there, John about once every 100 years (but you know what they say about 100 year floods – they can happen at any time) so it’s best to be on the safe side 😀


  16. ramblingsfromamum / Apr 18 2013 9:19 am

    Oh Chookas WOW and YAY how pleased you must be at this point. The Egyptians never had to go through what you have! Congratulations on your marvellous effort so far. Little bit of elbow grease and walaaa 🙂
    Love the Birdwing Butterfly how stunning. Permit me….

    R U C now stands
    butterfly has spread it’s wings
    beauty seen in both



    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:51 pm

      Awwww! That is SO sweet! My very own haiku 😀 I’m blushing!


  17. Jacqui Murray / Apr 18 2013 9:26 am

    I’d be impressed with all your sanding prowess, but I’m distracted by the RUC itself. Wow. What an undertaking. It took me seven years to furnish my living room, and you’re going to have that whole thing done in a mere months!


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:53 pm

      Well – that will be seen to be believed, Jacqui! I’m pushing for it to be done, but I don’t even have a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom yet 😯 I like to put myself under pressure LOL 😀


  18. Carrie Rubin / Apr 18 2013 9:33 am

    So impressive what you’ve done so far. I think the butterfly agrees!


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:54 pm

      I knew that butterfly stopped by for a reason, Carrie! I think you’re right 😀


  19. T. W. Dittmer / Apr 18 2013 10:26 am

    Raise a RUCkus. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:55 pm

      Once I have steps instead of a ladder I’ll be downing a few wines on that veranda 😀


  20. nrhatch / Apr 18 2013 11:47 am

    Woo Hoo! Looking good, Billy Ray! Looking good.

    And that butterfly is fabulous . . . thanks for identifying it for us.


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 2:57 pm

      LOL – it’s certainly a job and a half, Nancy! I think I’m getting there 😀

      I want some of those butterflies out at the farm so I might steal some of that plant it was feeding on 😉


  21. EllaDee / Apr 18 2013 12:20 pm

    You have wonderful energy around you. That butterfly is stunning and is of course a very appropriate totem being to be visitng you at the moment, and Red Cedar along the lines of smudging “It is used to bless a house before moving in. It helps purify and “clear” the air as well as attract good energy.” I’d assume all the sanding and fragance would also do the same thing 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 3:01 pm

      WOW – I didn’t know that! I’ll be sanding twice as fast now. It certainly does ‘clear the air’ in the house and it’s fragrance is sensational 😀 I love it when beautiful things like that butterfly come to visit, what an amazing creature (with a heap of positive energy) 😉


  22. Pagadan / Apr 18 2013 2:08 pm

    Almost there! The preparation is the hardest part. I look forward to seeing the next step. And I admire your hard work with the doors, …


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 3:03 pm

      Thank you, Joy! I’m sure once all those doors are finished I’ll just stare at them all day, knowing how much effort I put into them 😀


  23. adinparadise / Apr 18 2013 3:14 pm

    Your new home is really gorgeous, Dianne. All your efforts will be well worth it, I’m sure. Can’t wait to see your beautiful doors, before and after pics. More strength to your arm. 🙂 That butterfly is stunning and HUGE.


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:16 am

      “Your new home is really gorgeous” – this means a lot to me coming from you, Sylvia 😀 I worked on the cedar door again all day yesterday and it’s still got a lot to go (it’s not easy working with cedar that has been painted) but hopefully I’ll get it finished today so I can post a ‘before’ and ‘after’ shot 😉

      The butterfly is absolutely beautiful and I need to find out what plant to grow so I can attract a colony of them at the RUC 😀


  24. dennisberry / Apr 18 2013 3:15 pm

    Dianne–It looks like the RUC is going to be a fantastic home when you’re finished. I don’t envy you all the work you’re putting into it, but it will be well worth it. From the look of it, I suspect you’re in a wee bit of a flood plain. My best to you.


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:17 am

      You guessed right, Dennis. I think it may flood there about once every hundred years (but you never know when that hundred year flood is going to happen!) 😉

      Thank you so much for stopping by 😀


  25. Amanda / Apr 18 2013 3:27 pm

    Looking good! I empathise with the endless sanding. Hopefully the payoff is worth it!


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:20 am

      It reminds me of that movie where the kids learns to fight from the old dude who says ‘wax on – wax off’ (is it The Karate Kid?). I’m just sanding, sanding, sanding all day, it’s mind-numbing stuff but I’m sleeping really well! lol 😀


  26. Irish Katie / Apr 18 2013 3:38 pm

    Wow….I love that it is lifted…you can store stuff underneath. (Though carrying groceries up is ack! lol)

    As for cedar … if I a not mistaken, that wood is a natural pest detterent? So no bugs in the door at least. yahh…and I think it also is pretty good with battling wood rot too …so the doors should last forever I think. Wooohooooo

    Unless one of those giant butterflys ram into it. OMG that is HUGE!


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:26 am

      I’ve been thinking about the grocery thing, Katie, and am getting hubby to make a ‘dumb waiter’ out the back from my car to the kitchen (whether or not he does it is another thing! If he doesn’t, then he’ll be carrying the groceries up those stairs) 😉

      I’m also putting in a laundry shoot from the bathroom because the washing machine and dryer will be downstairs. Truth is – I’m so clumsy that I can’t really carry anything up and down stairs (but it’ll be good practice for me!)

      The cedar doors are in perfect condition (apart from being bloody painted!) so I’m sure it is a natural pest detterent (as long as it doesn’t scare away the gigantic butterflies) LOL 😀


  27. Zen A. / Apr 18 2013 6:01 pm

    The house is looking is great, Dianne! Just a bit more to go and you’ll be able to stop dealing with all the construction stress. 😀
    Also, that butterfly looks absolutely gorgeous. I love that shade of green!


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:28 am

      The ‘nature’ green color is absolutely stunning (I’d like a dress in that color!)

      You’re right about the construction stress – the guys have been fantastic, but I’m looking forward to the day when I can sleep there and wake up and make brekkie (without falling through the floor!) LOL 😀


  28. Vikki Thompson / Apr 18 2013 6:06 pm

    Wow! It’s looking wonderful honey 🙂



  29. danpentagram / Apr 18 2013 10:19 pm

    I can’t wait to see what the final house will look like – but i’ll quickly ignore the butterfly pic – i’m scared to death of them! *blushes*


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:34 am

      I can’t wait either, Dan! 😀

      No more butterfly pics for you 😉


  30. Rohan 7 Things / Apr 18 2013 11:27 pm

    Congrats on getting the RUC up off the ground, it’s really starting to take shape now! Ah it’s going to be so fun sipping your coffee/tea up there and looking out across the country!

    And that butterfly is beautiful, what a colour!

    Hope you’re keeping well Dianne, can’t wait to see those doors all done 🙂

    All the best.



    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:36 am

      Thanks so much, Rohan! I feel like the captain of a ship standing on that veranda with the rolling hills on the distance (plus it still moves a bit and will until the posts are cemented into the ground) 😀


      • Rohan 7 Things / Apr 19 2013 11:17 pm

        Yeah, and it’ll probably still move a little once they’re cemented too. I know my old place did, you get used to it though, it’s not too crazy 🙂

        Take care Captain Dianne!



  31. Elisa / Apr 19 2013 12:16 am

    Yay! Life is good!! That is so exciting, things are trucking along, though, that is A LOT of doors! Good luck but I am sure they will be gorgeous when you are done!!
    LOVE the butterfly – so pretty. It could fly away with a small child, dang, your fauna are BIG down there!


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:37 am

      Everything is so big here, Elisa. Even the little gecko is growing up fast!

      I can’t wait to get the doors done – then I can start on the handrails (YIKES!) 😀


  32. The Bumble Files / Apr 19 2013 2:44 am

    Yay!! I’m so happy for you. It’s getting there, Dianne. It’s going to be beautiful. I want to smell like a cedar. I guess that’s a nice bonus for all your hard word! That butterfly is absolutely gorgeous! I bet you’ll see many cool things just sitting there on the deck of the RUC.


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:40 am

      When I was up on that veranda yesterday some birds dropped by and sat on the handrails and looked out at the view with me – it was kind of sweet! I’m still working on one cedar door (I wish it hadn’t ever been painted – it’s a nightmare getting that stuff off cedar) 😯


  33. Sheila / Apr 19 2013 4:05 am

    Congratulations on getting so much done! It might be hard to believe now, but it looks like all that hard work will be worth it because you’re living in a wonderland there with butterflies, giant grasshoppers, and geckos. Now I’m wondering if they’ll make appearances in your next novel. Maybe that’s why they keep showing up – they want you to write about them. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:44 am

      Now that’s a thought. Your comment just caused my muse to fly in and slap me in the face! Of course I have to write about all these creatures. Thank you so much for the ‘wake-up’ call. It’s only been five seconds since I read your comment and my head is already formulating a story 😀 Woo Hoo!!! xoxoxo


      • Sheila / Apr 19 2013 11:27 pm

        I guess in a way you’ve already written about them, but now I can’t wait to read the novel version! Good luck with those creatures! 🙂


  34. Charissa / Apr 19 2013 4:47 am

    Wow! That butterfly is incredible. Thanks for the picture. And keep up the hard work. The RUC is looking awesome…and I can only imagine your scent. I always loved taking a whiff from my grandma’s cedar chest. Best smell ever.


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:47 am

      It is a beautiful smell, Char 😉 I stop at the supermarket on the way home and people follow me around the isles! LOL 😀 One old lady asked me the other day if I’d been working with cedar and when I told her I had, she asked if she could have some of the ‘sandings’ in a jar. What a sweetheart she was! 😀


  35. Darla Welchel / Apr 19 2013 5:05 am

    Wow, Dianne, you still have a long way to go. I bet it is going to be spectacular! You have been working so hard on it, I can’t wait to see it. Why did you have to raise it?
    I love the butterfly (or butter bird) photo, such a beautiful creature.
    Good luck with your work!


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:50 am

      Thank you, Darla! It was already ‘high’ when we got it so we decided to keep it high – it gives us twice as much room because we can use the downstairs area. Also, Australia is a very ‘floody’ country and it’s wiser to build high in case that “once in 100 year flood” comes along 😀


      • Darla Welchel / Apr 22 2013 2:15 am

        I understand – Well I hope your RUC is safe from all floods. Enjoy the extra space. What will you use it for? Outdoor entertaining? Car park?


      • diannegray / Apr 22 2013 6:15 am

        It will be laundry/storage/outdoor entertaining and (as hubby calls it) “man cave” 😉


      • Darla Welchel / Apr 22 2013 11:16 am

        LOL – well man caves are very important!


  36. jmmcdowell / Apr 19 2013 5:24 am

    Beautiful butterfly! And the cedar doors should be amazing when you’re finished with them. My arms and back ache just thinking about all the work you’re doing. And I hope you’re getting some space of your own if your husband’s getting a man cave! 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:53 am

      Yes I am, JM :D. The entire upstairs area is mine and I’ve said ‘no tv upstairs’ which has caused a bit of a stir! 😀 LOL

      My arms are getting used to the sanding now and are feeling a lot stronger. I’ve also noticed the muscles in my back are building up slightly. I think I need a massage and some time in a day spa! 😉


  37. Roy McCarthy / Apr 19 2013 6:09 am

    Woo it’s on stilts! Is that to keep the local wildlife from taking up residence or are you on a flood plain? It’s just great.


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 6:58 am

      It was ‘high’ when we got it, Roy, so we decided to keep it like that. And ‘yes’ to your other suggestions. No snakes, rats, bilbies or kangaroos allowed and it can flood there (very rarely, but I don’t want to take the chance). 😀


  38. Maddie Cochere / Apr 19 2013 2:37 pm

    Dianne, I hope you’re taking tonnes (is that how Australians spell it) of pictures! The RUC has such wonderful history, and you have such a wonderful story to tell from start to finish, that I think you should be thinking on, and working on, an article to present to a Home and Garden magazine. Don’t forget to include the critters, too!

    Did you ever dream when you uprooted yourself and moved to this location that you would eventually be living in paradise? 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 19 2013 3:15 pm

      I NEVER dreamed that, Maddie. It was just ‘get up and move’, but (so far) it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done 😀

      I’m taking tonnes of pictures (I don’t put them up here because I’m not into boring everyone to death) LOL 😀 I think when the place is painted and looking nice, I’ll do a post with ‘beginning to end’ pics 😉 YAY!


  39. Subtlekate / Apr 19 2013 4:31 pm

    It’s looking amazing and wow you smell great 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 20 2013 6:37 am

      Thanks, Kate! I am smelling very sweet these days LOL 😉


  40. harulawordsthatserve / Apr 19 2013 4:35 pm

    Hooray! Congratulations:-) I love the idea of being perfumed by cedar and that butterfly is incredible. Seeing how high blessed old RUC is I’ll say it again and I’ll say it loud – you’re gonna live in a tree house!!! Soooo cool:-)


    • diannegray / Apr 20 2013 6:39 am

      Wooooo Hoooooo – tree houses are heaps of fun. We’ve had a few kids go through the place (children of friends) and they absolutely love it (I’m sure it’s the ‘tree house’ aspect) 😀


  41. jannatwrites / Apr 20 2013 1:38 pm

    The RUC is awesome! I can’t wait to see the before and after of the cedar doors. Cedar is a wonderful smelling wood. (As a child, my parents burned cedar in the wood stove and I liked the popping sound as it burned, and the smell.)

    The butterfly is cool. I haven’t ever seen one like that. So pretty!


    • diannegray / Apr 21 2013 6:09 am

      Cedar is a beautiful wood, Janna. I’m really not sure why anyone would ever paint cedar doors because the paint kind of ‘absorbs’ into the wood and it’s hard to get out (besides – why hide that beautiful colour?)

      I’ve now seen another of those butterflies and am pretty excited about it! 😀


  42. Penny L Howe / Apr 21 2013 3:40 am

    Just a couple thoughts today Dianne. Boy you sure do a lot of physical type labor, you must be in great shape and excellent photos of your house and most especially that awesome butterfly, amazing. On a different note, butterflies are the theme this weekend I published The Shy Butterfly yesterday. Yay! Have a great weekend, you do take a day off now and then, right? 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 21 2013 6:23 am

      I rarely take a day off, Penny, and if I do it’s to clean the house I’m staying in – one day I’ll have a day off! 😉

      A big congratulations on the publishing of The Shy Butterfly! I’m heading over to your blog now to take a look 😀


  43. Britt Skrabanek / Apr 21 2013 7:50 am

    Umm, I’ve had movers move my stuff before and I was always in a state of panic over the potential destruction. Is that feeling amplified when movers are moving your whole house?! LOL!


    • diannegray / Apr 22 2013 6:07 am

      Absolutely, Britt! They had to drive the whole house along the highway and around corners and across railway lines and under power poles – YIKES! I’ve very nervous to say the least 😯


  44. bluebee / Apr 21 2013 11:47 am

    Yay! The RUC stands tall above the floodline. Congratulations!
    I’ve never seen that butterfly – it’s exquisite.


    • diannegray / Apr 22 2013 6:09 am

      I’ve seen the butterfly again since this post, Bluebee, and I must say it is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen 😀

      The RUC got a great make-over on the weekend and now she’s looking very smart indeed 😉


  45. Hazy Shades of Me / Apr 22 2013 4:44 am

    What a beautiful bird…err, I mean butterfly! And, the RUC looks fabulous. I have no doubt that all your hard work will more than pay off. :0)


    • diannegray / Apr 22 2013 6:17 am

      I actually thought it was a bird when I first saw it! They certainly grow things big here 😉

      The RUC got a great make-over on the weekend and things are looking very bright at the moment for a June finish 😀


  46. Jenny Ackland / Apr 22 2013 1:09 pm

    It’s always a thrill to come and see the progress with your RUC. Lovely details about the wooden doors too. I don’t know much about wood but I really like the idea of a person who knows about wood. And that butterfly – gorgeous!


    • diannegray / Apr 23 2013 5:35 am

      I seem to be learning a lot about wood lately, Jenny! So far I’ve got three different types of wood to work with and they each need different things and ways to get them to look good. I’m almost an expert! 😉


  47. ripe red berries / Apr 24 2013 5:28 am

    Hoorah! I can see the RUC and the butterfly – both amazing!! Looking forward to seeing those doors…when your ready…(:


    • diannegray / Apr 24 2013 5:41 am

      I took some pics of the doors last night 😉


  48. Denise Hisey / Apr 25 2013 12:25 am

    You are such a hard worker, Dianne! It’s all coming together beautifully!
    That butterfly is amazing! It’s gorgeous!


    • diannegray / Apr 25 2013 6:13 am

      Thank you, Denise 😀 It really seems to be ramping up lately and my deadline is looking more and more achievable every day 😀


  49. pommepal / Apr 26 2013 10:34 pm

    That Birdwing butterfly is beautiful pleased you managed to get a photo of it. I think they are getting quite rare aren’t they? Having the people in the RUC photo certainly gives it perspective. Are you leaving the bottom area open?


    • diannegray / Apr 27 2013 5:02 am

      I think the butterfly is classified as ‘threatened’ which is such a shame. It’s an absolutely beautiful creature.

      We are going to put a wall on the weather side of the RUC (which is the right side in the picture) and the underneath area will be hubby’s ‘man cave’ LOL 😉


      • pommepal / Apr 27 2013 8:32 am

        I bought a vine called the birdwing vine as I heard the butterflies were threatened because of lack of habitat and source of this vine. Also another imported vine, Dutchmans pipe (don’t know the botanical names, I guess google could tell me) is a very similar flower but it is poisonous to the caterpillars so when the butterfly lays it’s eggs on the wrong vine the caterpillars all die.
        So far no butterflies have visited my vine but so far it hasn’t flowered either. 😦


      • diannegray / Apr 28 2013 6:11 am

        I’m hoping the vine on my tree isn’t that Dutchmans pipe (though I’m suspecting it may be). I’ll plant some birdwing vine asap…


      • pommepal / Apr 28 2013 10:17 am

        The butterflies will thank you for it


  50. restlessjo / Apr 27 2013 4:01 pm

    What a glorious home it is turning into, Dianne. Everywhere you look you’ll be able to smile to yourself- “I sanded that door”. With aching muscles to prove it!
    Now I need to see your view from the veranda. (expect it’ll be on the blog somewhere)
    Fantastic butterfly but I wasn’t so keen on the flying creature on the next blog. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 28 2013 6:13 am

      I’ll be putting up some more ‘view’ pics soon, Jo. There’s a huge truck in the way at the moment that should be gone this week sometime (fingers crossed) 😀


  51. Seabell / Apr 30 2013 8:40 am

    Hard work, but the RUC looks a lot better above the ground and the roof still looks white. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 30 2013 12:30 pm

      The roof does look white! I don’t know how long that will last 😉


    • pbh / Jun 28 2013 4:57 am

      biggest freaking butterfly I’ve ever seen. guess everything is bigger down under.


  52. donnajeanmcdunn / May 2 2013 3:00 am

    Really looking good, Dianne. You know I can’t help but notice how blue the sky is in the picture of the RUC. I don’t think the sky looks that blue here…ever.


    • diannegray / May 2 2013 6:42 am

      I love a blue sky. It’s really clear here in the country and if I could get pictures of the starry night sky that would be even better! 😉


  53. Piper George / May 4 2013 7:19 pm

    It looks fantastic, but why do you have it so high off the ground? What do you put underneath it and what is it supported on? I am really enjoying your posts on this, it’s fascinating seeing the transformation and it is so different to how we would build here – I can hear Mr G now going on about insulation and losing heat through the floor.


    • diannegray / May 5 2013 5:33 am

      This design is very typical of the tropics, Piper. If we lose heat through the floor that’s fantastic because it’s so hot here. We occasionally get floods (hence the height as well) and hubby wants a ‘man cave’ underneath (LOL) with pool table, dart board, bar, etc. I’m pretty sure Mr G would be liking that scenario 😀

      I think it’s got about 25 posts underneath to support it and some of the downstairs area will be built in (laundry, 2nd bathroom, storage, etc). It actually doubles the size of the house.


      • Piper George / May 5 2013 5:35 am

        That’s fab. I would love to live in the tropics. It’s as if your house is the opposite way round of our house with the living quarters upstairs – you have an upside down house. 🙂


      • diannegray / May 5 2013 5:40 am

        LOL! Everything is different down here. When it’s hot all year round you really have to turn everything upside down 😀



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