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May 21, 2013 / diannegray

Send lawyers, guns and money

We had our first RUC inspection (structural) on Friday and apart from hubby knocking a kid off his bike on his way home from work, the inspector having to come out twice in one day and one of the builders stomping around threatening to kill people, it went really well.

For all those concerned about the child on the bike (who was riding the wrong way down a one-way street and bumped into hubby’s car that was turning into traffic and doing about 2 kilometers an hour) he is fine. He limped a lot and said he’d probably get a day off school (the skin on his knee wasn’t even broken). When hubby called the kid’s mum she just asked him to drive her son home because she was in the middle of shopping.

Anyhooo – I’ve never been one to comment on anyone’s parenting so I’ll just stare at the ceiling at this point and whistle Dixie – I think hubby was more disturbed about the incident than the kid was.

After a tumultuous day where if felt like I’d taken on a Mexican drug cartel who couldn’t hit a barn door with 10 machine guns, I sat down and enjoyed a couple of (very) stiff drinks on the veranda.

We’ve employed some young carpenters and a painter to finish off the inside and I must say they are working out to be very productive and valuable indeed (particularly when there are snakes about). I’m finding it hard to keep up with them because they work so fast and do such a quality job (have I entered an alternate universe?)

I’ve put in some pictures of my bedroom below. The windows are huge and for those of you who read about me tripping on my bedspread and falling out a window – you’ll be happy to know that I’m putting up a safety rail so I don’t make the same clumsy mistake again.


I stood in my walk-in clothes closet and took a shot of the view my clothes will enjoy

View from walk-in robe

The farmer up the road ploughed his field yesterday so I took a shot of the red soil.

The soil where we are is black and I’ll get a shot of this when they cut the sugar cane.

View of red soil

When I looked at the picture above after I’d taken it I realised why we have so many artists visiting the farm.

Below is a picture of the sunset that I took on my iphone while I was unwinding at the end of the day.


Have a great week and stay safe 😉


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  1. JackieP / May 21 2013 6:12 am

    Ah to live in a place like that is my personal heaven’s wish. 😉

    So you have young painters and they are good??? hehehe

    Glad the kid and your husband is all right. That must have scared the husband half to death! The kids sounds much like his mother. Enough said. ……

    Hope your week is glorious!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 6:20 am

      I love your comment about the painters (LOL!)

      Living in a place like this is glorious and the view is very calming and can be slightly overwhelming at times because there’s much to see. Sometimes I don’t quite know where to look! 😀


      • JackieP / May 21 2013 6:54 am

        Oh my, I know my paints and canvas’s would be out all the time to capture that beauty! I envy you Dianne. In a good way though. 🙂

        You have pics of these painters?? hahah! 😉


      • diannegray / May 21 2013 7:58 am

        I’ll have to sneak up on them when they least expect it LOL 😉


  2. Rick Mallery / May 21 2013 6:26 am

    Awesome! Coming along nicely. 🙂 Bet you’re looking forward to having it finished!


  3. Theo Fenraven / May 21 2013 6:34 am

    🙂 Glad the kid’s okay. That first paragraph gave me a laugh.

    Do you have wood ticks where you are? I already know about the snakes….


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 6:42 am

      We have ticks, but they are mainly in the sugar cane, so as long as I don’t go running through that I should be right 😀 We lost a couple of dogs to them which was pretty sad 😦


  4. mrscarmichael / May 21 2013 6:47 am

    Oh My God I have to come visit. I want to be your peignoir.


  5. Roy McCarthy / May 21 2013 6:59 am

    I missed the falling-out-of-the-window accident first time around so :-):-) You look to have rocked up in a fertile valley there, hills all around?


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 8:01 am

      Surrounded by hills, Roy – which is probably a good thing living in a cyclone area because we get a fair bit of protection when the wind changes direction 😀 It certainly is a fertile valley. Behind us are huge mountains, but I haven’t taken a pic in that direction yet.


  6. avwalters / May 21 2013 7:24 am

    It’s beautiful. I’m jealous of the closet view (maybe you want to re-think that placement.) The photos make it clear that this is a haven for many kinds of artists, and writers, too.

    And, I think you need to think about commas in the title. Never let it be said that I’m against sending money to lawyers! (I’m not so sure they/we need guns.) However, I suspect that a couple of commas would bust my bubble and clarify that you need lawyers, guns and money. The work is looking great. Keep us all apprised.


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 8:02 am

      LOL, I’ll change the title 😀 It’s actually a song title by Warren Zevon 😉


  7. Jess / May 21 2013 7:46 am

    What a sanctuary you are blessed with!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 8:05 am

      Thank you, Jess – it’s just beautiful 😀


  8. Jayde-Ashe / May 21 2013 7:57 am

    Stunning photos! As someone who is desperately saving in order to build our own house, I am supremely jealous of you right now!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 8:08 am

      It certainly has it’s ups and downs, Jayde-Ashe! One thing you need to remember is that it WILL be a finished product one day – I’m learning a lot about being patient 😀

      Best of luck with your savings and hopefully you’ll get your house up and running soon 😉


  9. Jill Weatherholt / May 21 2013 8:15 am

    Oh Dianne…I wanna live there ~ beautiful! Thank you for sharing these spectacular photos. You will indeed be living the good life once all of the work is completed.


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 9:03 am

      It’s certainly very nice and a lovely spot to sit after a hard day – everything stressful just seems to melt away 😉


  10. amb / May 21 2013 8:35 am

    Dianne! I always love your writing, but the first three paragraphs of today’s post might be my all-time favourite. Too, too funny. Thanks as always for keeping us all up to date on the latest RUC adventures!!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 9:05 am

      Thank you, Amb – what a beautiful compliment! Stay cool and covered up 😉


  11. Janna G. Noelle / May 21 2013 8:50 am

    …one of the builders stomping around threatening to kill people…

    Uh…? No follow-through on that, right?

    All those windows are fantastic! There’s nothing better than sunlight streaming into one’s home (says the apartment-dweller who’s currently stuck on a North American northern exposure). Those two rays of sun in the final picture are like a message from Heaven. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 9:10 am

      I love the sunsets here, Janna. I just wish I’d had my camera because the iPhone didn’t do it justice. I was actually trying to take a picture of the sugar cane flowering (I’ll take my camera and do that today) but the iPhone couldn’t get a clear enough picture so I thought the sunset would be just as cool 😉

      The builder hasn’t killed anyone yet (thank God!). Hubby says it’s all part of construction and they do it all the time – so glad I don’t work in that industry 😯


  12. justinwriter / May 21 2013 8:55 am

    Stunning photos! For extra income, I would be setting up an artist’s retreat and also a writers’ retreat (have you seen how much they charge?). I laughed about the cyclist’s mother and I would have had a few words to say, something about ‘child services’ might have made her parent-up! There’s something about a ploughed field isn’t there. I’ve taken some photos of nice farms around my area, but your photo is incredible.


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 9:13 am

      I’m so glad you like that photo, Justin. I look at that view all the time and love it, but when saw the photo I realised just how incredibly stunning it is (I might even try to paint it myself).

      An artist and writer retreat would be a great idea – I’m sure people would love the serenity and views – hmmm, I might just think about that 😉


  13. 1girl4adamwest / May 21 2013 9:34 am

    Amid all the preparation, you have found pieces of your heaven on earth!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 1:41 pm

      I certainly have – and I’m loving it! 😀


  14. agjorgenson / May 21 2013 9:50 am

    Lovely photos amidst a trying day. Sometimes a stiff drink or two really is all one can hope for!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 1:42 pm

      I’m glad about the stiff drink – luckily it’s only very occasionally that we need them! 😀


  15. EllaDee / May 21 2013 10:36 am

    Your days could be from a “Believe it or Not” newspaper column or TV series, and your location pics, a tourist brochure 🙂
    Take pity on the rest of us who don’t have a life yet, and make an artists, writers or need a bit of sanity retreat your next building project 🙂


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 1:48 pm

      LOL – I’d love to have my own TV series – I could call it “Madhouse” 😀 I think the writer’s, artist’s and sanity retreat is a great idea – I’ll have to try it out for a while to see how it goes 😉


  16. Photos With Finesse / May 21 2013 11:32 am

    It’s probably a good thing we’re separated by a few continents – you’d never get me away from that scenery! I might retreat as an artist and never leave LOL. As for dealing with contractors and inspectors I know exactly what you’re going through – alcohol is good! – Suzan –


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:27 pm

      If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s staring at nice scenery for hours (or days) on end!

      I knew alcohol would be good for something one day. Luckily it’s a rare occurrence 😉


  17. John / May 21 2013 11:39 am

    Ahhh, such great colors, and the red soil is unusual. Glad the RUC is looking great!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:28 pm

      The soil is so unusual because it’s volcanic (millions of years old, luckily!)


  18. cestlavie22 / May 21 2013 11:58 am

    Congrats! I have nominated you for the Liebster award. Please go to the post where I nominated your blog. There you will find 11 questions to answer as an acceptance for the award and it is now your task to nominate 11 worthy bloggers!


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:28 pm

      Thank you – I’m heading over now to take a look 😉


  19. sherrylcook / May 21 2013 11:59 am

    Dianne! Everything looks so beautiful! And the sunset picture with the rays shining down. Makes me want to paint it. I know you must be getting excited. Almost time for an open house party with invitations sent out to all of your blogging buddies… Hint hint… Lol


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:30 pm

      LOL! Absolutely! I’ll have a “blog house-party” 😀


  20. nrhatch / May 21 2013 12:05 pm

    Gorgeous views, Dianne. But the windows seem “low to the ground” . . . were they taken before the RUC was raised?


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:34 pm

      They’re actually about 3 meters from the ground (which is a about 10 feet) – they probably look close to the ground because the sugar cane is very high 😉 That will be harvested starting July and then I’ll get some great pics of the tractors and the birds that chase them to catch the bugs 😀


      • nrhatch / May 21 2013 10:21 pm

        I wondered if the sugar cane was “skewing” my perception. Thanks.


  21. Kozo Hattori / May 21 2013 1:29 pm

    Oh what I would give just to be a wooden hangar in your walk-in closet. What a view.
    Good thing you live in Oz because in America hubby would have a lawsuit on his hands. Not just for the accident, but for driving the kid home alone.
    The RUC is looking amazing, Dianne. So happy for you and your clothes. {{{hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:39 pm

      The police were contacted and they said there was no fault (the kid actually ran into the car while he was cycling the wrong way). I’d never let my kid get into a car with stranger 😯

      Thank you for liking my closet! LOL – I love it as well {{{hugs}}}


  22. bulldog / May 21 2013 2:03 pm

    The RUC is really taking shape and your views are going to be something many will be jealous of… I love that you look over the fields and not into them..
    Did Hubby ride into the kid or did the kid ride into Hubby.?? If it’s the latter and he was alright, he should have got a clip along side the ear hole…
    and then the question…why young carpenters and not old ones?? eye candy is it.??


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:45 pm

      It was the latter with the kid on the bike and I totally agree 😉

      I call the guys we’ve now got to work on the RUC ‘Young Guns’ because they are young (mid-late 20s) and are absolute guns when it comes to working long hours to get it looking good. There may be some eye candy there, but I wear blinkers (LOL) 😀


      • bulldog / May 21 2013 11:48 pm

        Hey we’re allowed to look.. eye candy is good for the soul and adds no weight.. in fact it’s known to aid with weight loss.. or that’s what I tell my wife…


      • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:55 am

        LOL! You’re a classic, my friend!


  23. bodhisattvaintraining / May 21 2013 2:19 pm

    I laughed and cried. Laughed at you falling out the window (sorry but…), and at first wowed by the view then fell into self pity. But hey I’d need to pick myself up and do something about the home front right ?! you did x


    • diannegray / May 21 2013 2:49 pm

      I was miserable for years where I lived before, Annie – but I knew I’d get out one day and live my dream. There are always dreams, it’s just a matter of working around the drudgery of life to make them come true 😉


      • bodhisattvaintraining / May 21 2013 4:32 pm

        Thank you – I know you had things to go through before you got there, and now I do too but I will dream, hope, and am happy for you that you have that view.
        Of course even in that there is the everyday I know. Murderous tradies, snakes etc 😉


      • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:36 am

        Things never come neatly packaged and ‘easy’ lol 😀


      • bodhisattvaintraining / May 21 2013 4:44 pm

        straight after reading your reply I read the Quest for Life blog’s post ‘Follow your dream’ – someone’s talking to me 😉


      • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:37 am

        It’s a sign! 😉


      • bodhisattvaintraining / May 22 2013 5:13 pm

        I do like a sign!


      • bodhisattvaintraining / May 22 2013 5:06 pm

        Yes! *punches air*


  24. Peter / May 21 2013 3:44 pm

    Oh Dianne — that first graph had me in stitches!

    You have such lovely big windows. Windows are a funny thing. We have 6 windows about 40″ x 72″ but that doesn’t mean that the next room over is light. We have a living room that is brilliant, and a second room more interior to that which is quite dark — but the roof rises to much to install one of those “light tubes” that are popular here for getting light into interior spaces.

    Of course we only have (hopefully) 2 1/2 more weeks here. 😀

    Glad to hear the litany of progress — little things like knocking kids off bikes are much over rated on the scale of things to be concerned about. Contrariwise, becoming a qualified parent is much UNDER rated….. Sounds like one of those parents who didn’t want kids, but wanted the “experience” of having children…. ARGH!

    Now I can say I’ve seen Dianne Gray’s bedroom…. I might not be one of those “young carpenters” or painters but hey — bragging rights are bragging rights!.

    What a wonderful setting! You keep posting luscious pictures like those and you’ll find yourself set upon by hordes of First World Immigrants wanting to return to the earth.

    Love the sun rays on the distant rise…. Ya gotta convince God to shine on your part of the world too — maybe the snakes will go away. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:34 am

      Thanks Peter! There will be a lot of light in this place (I’ll probably be using heavy curtains to keep it out on the afternoon) but I just love houses filled with light 😀

      Best of luck with your house and your journey 😉


  25. Darla Welchel / May 21 2013 4:33 pm

    Maybe you should watch your builder more closely!
    Beautiful images; I envy your clothes!


  26. Rebecca Bradley / May 21 2013 4:49 pm

    Omg your photos are just so stunning.

    I’m glad the kid was ok and can imagine hubby was pretty stressed with the whole thing. Even if he was ok, seeing him be slightly hit isn’t fun.

    Look what he has waiting for him at home though. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:39 am

      We were talking about that the other afternoon, Rebecca. No matter what the day is like – it’s beautiful to just sit there and relax 😀


  27. harulawordsthatserve / May 21 2013 5:02 pm

    Wow, and…WOW!!! it’s simply breathtaking – it really is. Couldn’t wish such a paradise on a nicer human angel – enjoy!


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:39 am

      Awww – thank you, Harula. You are just beautiful 😀


  28. ramblingsfromamum / May 21 2013 9:26 pm

    Tradies who do an excellent/fast job??? What sorry?
    The views as everyone has mentioned are spectacular and a perfect place for an artists retreat as was also mentioned. You have worked hard and it is coming together nicely. Well done, of course I am stark raving bloody jealous….whistles dixie. Seriously it looks amazing Di. 🙂 xx


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:48 am

      I was shocked when the tradies got in here and started working hard and finishing things (this is when I thought I was living in an alternate universe!) LOL – unheard of 😯

      Apparently they’ve been approached by a film maker to do a pilot for a reality tv series (about 4 wheel driving) and they’re coming out to the farm today to film them at work (I only found out last night) YIKES – I need to find my make-up!!!


  29. Irish Katie / May 21 2013 10:40 pm

    That photo of the sun streaming down is wonderful *smiles* … and when you finally get the RUC done and finished (is it ever really done though?), you will soooo enjoy that you did so much work yourself, even if the painters helped nod nods.

    And sugar cane? ohhhh….I remember visiting Hawaii and going to a store and they gave away little bits of sugar cane to gnaw on….mmmmm….sweets…AND it felt like it was cleaning your teeth at the same time.


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:53 am

      When people come to the farm from other areas they love to try a bit of sugar cane – it’s so nice! 😀

      I’m sure the RUC will never be ‘finished’, but it’s work done with love 😉


  30. mcwoman / May 21 2013 10:59 pm

    I didn’t know an Australian woman knew Dixie! Your place is beautiful. Seeing it come to life with you is so special, Diane. Thanks for the journey.


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:54 am

      Thanks for coming by to visit me on my journey, Barb. I’m so glad you like the place – you’re welcome any time 😉


  31. ocdreader/Elisa / May 22 2013 12:46 am

    Gorgeous pictures! Your clothes are going to be quite spoiled with that view.
    That is the craziest story about the kid! I love it. Here in the states you can’t look at a kid cross eyed without the parents grabbing them closely. Makes me miss the days when we rode around without helmets and took our lives in our hands daily…though if I skinned my knee, I still had to go to school! Glad everything is going well!


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 5:59 am

      It’s still a bit like the ‘old days’ here, Elisa (though we are catching up). Loads of little kids play on their lawns and on the roads without their parents (I see them every day when I drive out to the farm) which is different than when I was living in the city where no kid was ever seen without an adult. It’s a very relaxed lifestyle 😀


  32. Don't Quote Lily / May 22 2013 2:19 am

    Oh boy! Glad the kid’s okay, though I have a feeling the parents wouldn’t have been fazed had it been much worse. Jeez. Glad it’s coming along though! Great pictures. Where I live is just so blah. =/


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 6:01 am

      I think you’re right about the kid, Lily 😯

      I’m so glad you like the place – I can’t wait until we move in (someday!) lol 😉


  33. jannatwrites / May 22 2013 3:33 am

    What a scary incident with the kid (and his mother!) Shopping is important. Geez, the kid wasn’t even bleeding. He could suck it up til she got home anyway 🙂 (being sarcastic, of course.)

    Gorgeous views – and I love the photo with the beams of sunlight. Too funny about the windows – you fell through a window? Oh, I missed that somehow! (I could totally see me doing that…)


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 6:16 am

      I fell through an open window years ago when I tripped on my bedspread. I’m such a dork 😉

      The incident with the kid was scary on a lot of levels, Janna and I thought about you and your trifecta challenge post about kids when it happened. Luckily hubby is a senior first-aider and there was also a nurse in a car behind him who helped. When hubby spoke to the mother on the phone he offered to take the kid to the hospital to have him checked out, but she told hum just to take him home – which is something I would never do in a million lifetimes. I know my hubby is an angel, but she didn’t know him from Adam! He could have been anyone… I shudder to think…


  34. billyraychitwood1 / May 22 2013 4:28 am

    Wow, just beautiful! (The pictures, not the kid on the bike! So good to see such a caring parent!!!) It would appear you’re making great progress, with minimal frustration, and I’m so happy for you and the family… Okay, got to ask, what was put into the ‘couple of stiff drinks?’ What a great feeling, huh? Sitting, sipping, looking out on such a beautiful world! Always my best… (‘God’s in his Heaven. All’s right with the world!’)


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 6:21 am

      A stiff drink for me comprises of Tia Maria with soda water and ice – it doesn’t sound like much, but I absolutely love it 😀

      I’m so glad you like the pictures – yes, all IS right with the world 😀


      • billyraychitwood1 / May 23 2013 5:24 am

        I must try Tia Maria, soda water, and ice – sounds a bit like tea that can give you a buzz! I’m all for that! 🙂


  35. Sheila / May 22 2013 5:31 am

    If I were you, I’d be tempted to keep falling out of those windows and into that view! I hope the builders are almost done so that you’ll be able to really enjoy the peace there.


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 6:24 am

      They’re working pretty fast at the moment so I’m hoping the place will be ready by the time the kids arrive for their visit in about a month 😯 All three of them were going to come up with their partners, but now I think my youngest may have dropped out because he’s just landed himself a new job and may not be able to get the time off 😦

      I guess peace and tranquility is all we need in life and this place certainly has that, Sheila 🙂


  36. adinparadise / May 22 2013 5:52 am

    Heavenly views from your windows, Dianne. I’m so glad your hubby is okay. He must have been quite shaken up. I don’t see much sympathy for the cyclist or his mom around here. I think you’re very wise to put up that safety rail, just in case you sleep walk. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 6:27 am

      I’m not good with windows (or heights), Sylvia – so a safely rail is the only way to go for someone as clumsy as I am 😀

      The cyclist story is an odd one because so many wrong things happened that day on so many levels 😯


  37. 4amWriter / May 22 2013 11:41 am

    Glad to know the accident was not serious. I had to smile at your comment about parenting, seeing as how I just went on my own rant on bad parenting the other day! Negligent parents are everywhere, it seems.

    Your photos are lovely. I don’t think I’d ever want to get out of bed with the view of the landscape that you have. Amazing!


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 2:08 pm

      I may just spend every day in bed once I’m living there! How could I not just lie there and look at that view 😉

      I’m so glad the accident was not serious as well. Kids just don’t think sometimes and can get themselves tangled up in all sorts of messes. I really hope his parents are talking to him about road rules and bike safety 😯


  38. ripe red berries / May 22 2013 11:59 am

    Never a dull moment, huh? Wow! glad to know no one was injured…interesting response from the mom…hmmm. What a beautiful area you are surrounded by – simply breathtaking!!
    The RUC is lookin’ good too!! yeah!!


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 2:11 pm

      The RUC is looking very good at the moment. Apparently there’s going to be a film crew out there this afternoon (I only found out last night) to film my workers for some kind of reality tv show pilot. I’ll take my camera and get some action shots if I can 😉


      • Pagadan / May 23 2013 12:04 am

        That is so cool! Keep us in the loop–if you have the time–about the filming…


  39. Pagadan / May 22 2013 1:37 pm

    Yikes! Some days are like that. I’m glad the kid was only bruised. That is scary… What a hectic day! Oh, and I love your photos and your windows. Beautiful view! I missed the falling out of the window anecdote too. But that reminds me of a falling out the window–almost–anecdote. When I was building our house, I learned that the builders don’t install the screens until the house is just about finished to keep them from being damaged. (I installed them in the bedroom where I was camping out, but that’s another story.) Anyway, Xena didn’t realize that she could go outside by jumping out the windows until just before the screens were installed so she went to jump out a window one day and bounced back while the screen fell out. I whipped outside and put the screen back in, but she never tried that again. Good timing.


    • diannegray / May 22 2013 2:14 pm

      Yikes! Poor Xena! I sometimes forget it’s actually a work site and I trip on things all the time. I’m trying to be very careful because those windows are very high off the ground 😯


  40. inkspeare / May 22 2013 11:18 pm

    Lovely pictures; certainly looks like paradise, so peaceful and green 🙂 I am so glad that I discovered your blog through Michelle Proulx’s blog 🙂


    • diannegray / May 23 2013 11:48 am

      Thank you so much for coming by, Maria. Great to see you here! 😀


  41. Rohan 7 Things / May 23 2013 2:41 am

    Oh man, what a beautiful spot, I could look at those photos all day 🙂 Would love a stiff drink on the veranda at sunset, sounds heavenly 🙂

    So it passed inspection? Or are you waiting for the result? Kid sounds fine, being flipped off a bike at lowish speeds happens to most youngers one way or another! I know I’ve done it lol.

    Great to see everything coming along so nicely, and that red soil sure brought back some memories!

    All the best Dianne 🙂



    • diannegray / May 23 2013 11:53 am

      It passed inspection, Rohan (YAY!!!) Now we only have one inspection left and that is the final one (to make sure it looks nice from the road and has power and all that jazz) 😀


  42. Charissa / May 23 2013 4:35 am

    It looks like heaven (a heaven where alien insects, snakes, and other creepy crawlies take up some space). Love the progress on the RUC!


    • diannegray / May 23 2013 11:56 am

      You just reminded me that I saw a huge stick insect last night and I took a few pics, Char 😀 I must remember to put the pictures in my next post 😉

      This place is SO heavenly… 😀


  43. cocoaupnorth / May 23 2013 4:51 am

    Gorgeous views! What a lovely spot you have there:-)


  44. Jacqui Murray / May 23 2013 11:50 am

    What a day! My heart goes out to hubby. You have some beautiful property there, young lady. I have a half acre here in Southern California and feel so very lucky. You must have 10x that!


    • diannegray / May 23 2013 11:59 am

      I think there are several hundred acres 😯 But it doesn’t all belong to me, it belongs to ‘the family’ – (not the mafia!) LOL 😀


  45. Sheila Morris / May 23 2013 12:15 pm

    Wow – the views are unbelievable – and an Aussie whistling Dixie is something I’d love to hear!! 🙂 I’m so happy for you and your husband and dogs, too!!


    • diannegray / May 23 2013 12:21 pm

      YAY – I’ll tell the dogs becuase they sometimes feel left out of my posts 😀


  46. maggiemyklebust / May 23 2013 7:24 pm

    Well, after that day you deserved a stiff drink. Your husband too! I’m glad it all turned out, the boy is alright and you found some good help. 🙂

    The view from your bedroom is amazing!
    It looks exactly as I imagine Australia would look (I hope to get there someday… but it’s a looong flight).

    The other thing that worries me are those snakes…


    • diannegray / May 24 2013 6:27 am

      Good help is always a plus, Maggie 😀 I’m so glad you like the view – it really is amazing (which is good for me because I sit and ponder a lot!)

      The looong flights are what keeps me from adventuring to other parts of the world (and the fact that I don’t like flying) – but maybe one day I’ll take the leap 😀


  47. pommepal / May 23 2013 8:43 pm

    Wow you live in Paradise Dianne. We’ll be coming up to the Atherton Tablelands in July for a house sitting stint. We are looking forward to the warmer weather


    • diannegray / May 24 2013 6:30 am

      The Atherton Tablelands are just beautiful. What a fantastic and interesting life you lead 😀


  48. Tracy / May 24 2013 12:00 am

    So beautiful Dianne, really stunning…. a little like the experience your husband had. RUC is looking great 🙂


    • diannegray / May 24 2013 6:34 am

      Thank you, Tracy – the RUC is slowly getting there 😀


  49. donnajeanmcdunn / May 24 2013 3:43 am

    Dianne, I love those pictures, especially the one with the red dirt. Can’t wait to see the field with black dirt, what a contrast. Thanks for the laugh. With all the bad news lately, it was a nice change. I can always count on you to make me feel better.


    • diannegray / May 24 2013 6:38 am

      I hope you’re feeling better after the lightning incident and everything is back to normal now.

      I’m hesitant to turn on the tv lately with all the bad news – surely there’s got to be something good happening in the world somewhere.

      I see “Nightmares” has been released and I’m taking some time out this morning to read the first chapter 😀


  50. The Bumble Files / May 25 2013 6:19 am

    I love the views, Dianne! I bet you’re gonna love it when it’s finished. Beautiful photos, too. Sorry your hubby had that freak accident, not that he could help it! That kid is lucky going on a one-way. Yikes. And, mom was too busy shopping. Okay! Another day on the farm…


  51. DaydreamsinWonderland / May 25 2013 11:25 am

    These pictures are heavenly – especially that last one. I have to save up money & come visit you someday. That view is an artist’s dream.
    It will all be so perfect when it’s finished, Dianne. Then all the hard work & grief will be worth it.
    As for that child’s mother – if you won’t comment on people’s parenting I sure will. (lol)
    What kind of ass doesn’t even care that her kid may’ve been in some form of danger? No wonder he was being stupid &riding on the wrong side of the road… “the apple doesn’t fall far..”


  52. Piper George / May 26 2013 4:13 am

    Wow – your clothes are lucky! I could become partial to hanging out in your closet too!


  53. restlessjo / May 26 2013 7:05 am

    Those are some views, Dianne! And I loved the puzzled faces on your dogs on the next post. Got to back track now to you falling out the window. (really?) 🙂


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 7:15 am

      I’m not known for being sturdy on my feet, Jo! 😉

      I’m so glad you like the posts, they view here is so beautiful I just can’t help taking shots of it 😀


  54. Zen A. / May 26 2013 9:23 pm

    You have an excellent view. I love big windows. They make everything look so roomy. 😀

    As for that kid’s mother… well, let’s just say that some people should not have kids. =/


    • diannegray / May 27 2013 5:41 am

      Thank you my dear Zen! My bedroom is smallish so the windows will give it that feeling of space 😀

      I’m agreeing with you wholeheartedly on the other matter 😯


  55. Hazy Shades of Me / Jun 4 2013 2:50 am

    Beam me up, Scotty!


  56. bluebee / Jun 21 2013 11:17 pm

    What a wonderful place to write – sigh!


    • diannegray / Jun 22 2013 4:47 am

      Some say I should hire it out as a writer’s retreat – but I’d like to try it myself before I do that 😉


  57. faithanncolburn / Jun 24 2013 4:59 am

    The photos are outstanding. I hope your days aren’t all as chaotic as the one you’ve described. How would you get any writing done?


    • diannegray / Jun 24 2013 5:23 am

      I haven’t done any writing for months, Faith 😦 Once I’m really settled in the house I’ll get into that writer’s nook and start all over again 😀


      • faithanncolburn / Jun 24 2013 10:59 am

        Disruptions like moving are just impossible, aren’t they? I’ve got to do that before long, I hope. I really want to move — well I hate moving, but I have somewhere I’d really rather be.


  58. Lynda / Jun 25 2013 5:19 am

    I’m glad the kid wasn’t harmed, but I do understand your husbands rattled nerves! “Just drive him home?” Really?

    And hey, when did you fall out of the bedroom window? Did I miss something? Were you OK? I recently walked into a small shelf hung in a doorway at our new place. (nose not broken, but lots of blood) We are such accident prone people, you and I.

    Looking forward to the big reveal on the RUC, Dianne!


  59. WordsFallFromMyEyes / Aug 3 2013 7:30 am

    I felt a lot about this actually, Dianne. When my son was 13 and we moved from west to east Australia, east is so much more busy, greater gridlines etc in traffic, and he was knocked off his bike by a man in a huge vehicle, an SUV or something. The guy was irritated driving Daniel home, on his mobile saying “I’ve just knocked a kid over, I’m gunna be late now” and did not leave identifying details so that when Daniel rang me at work, sitting cold, alone, in shock on the couch in our little flat – and I was 40 minutes away by public transport, I was in such shock, sadness, terror. Daniel didn’t cross at the lights because cars coming around the corner always crawled through the lights though the light was green for pedestrians and he ended up waiting for THEM then the lights would go red, and he’d never go (low self esteem when we first arrived). So he crossed further down from the lights. I don’t think that was the cause of him being knocked over – they race along there anyhow, and this one by the sounds was racing to get through the lights, but saying he is conscious he did the wrong thing, and explained it. I had to EMPHASISE it was HIS TURN TO GO when the lights were green and the cars coming around the corner had to wait.

    I was so sad, so shocked, traumatised that the man just left Daniel with his mangled bike, to ring his mum.


    • diannegray / Aug 4 2013 3:50 pm

      This is just awful and I really feel for Daniel 😦 It’s so hard when kids are trying to abide with the road rules and people are so harsh on them. I can’t believe the guy didn’t even leave his name and address! That’s very irresponsible 😯
      In my hubby’s case the child actually ran into the side of him. Luckily in the car behind was a nurse and hubby is a senior first aider. Hubby rang the family that night and then the following day to make sure the boy was okay.

      I’m so glad Daniel wasn’t seriously injured in the accident…


      • WordsFallFromMyEyes / Aug 4 2013 7:18 pm

        Actually, to give you more detail – I went to where Daniel was knocked down and went across the road to the drive through bottle shop and enquired, and one of the staff said, “Oh yeah, that boy – we thought he was dead for sure”. Truth is, Daniel flew as high as a telephone pole but – Daniel told me – for some reason he did a kung fu roll when he landed (that is, didn’t crash down), and somehow walked away. Personally, given we’d only been in Melbourne months, I reckon an Angel guided him down.

        Your husband is wonderful, and truly human, the way he handled it. I was left traumatised, let alone Daniel.


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