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July 30, 2013 / diannegray

Casey – casement windows

It’s been a bit of an ‘animal’ week, with new puppies and a little dumped kitten – but I did manage to paint and hang four of my casement windows during all this excitement.


…the picture above shows more of the true colour of the window frames (Spanish cream). The picture below was taken with a flash, so they look a little washed out. But at least there’s no more paint on the glass…


I’ve also mocked up the colour scheme in Microsoft Paint for the RUC. I’m not very artistic, but I had to see if the paint I have will suit the house.

Before the RUC became the Rugby Union Club last century it was a government building, however I don’t know what kind of government building it was (I hope you’re following this because there will be a test at the end). It was moved last century from ‘place unknown’ and the hand-rails were originally blue. When it became the RUC, they were repainted green (I know this because I’ve sanded a lot of paint!) Soooooo – I’ve decided to take it back to it’s original Deep Ocean Blue and Spanish cream colours.

Below is a before and ‘after mock-up in Paint’ shot.

House after2

House after1I certainly don’t have the front stairs at the right angle, but they will be ‘butterfly stairs’.

So there you have it – it’s all as clear as mud. I’m thinking of renaming the RUC now that it’s no longer a Rugby Union Club, but I’m not sure what (yet).

Speaking of renaming things – I’ve now named my new puppy. Because I’ve spent so much time on the casement windows, I’ve decided to call her Casey 😀 Thank you so much for the wonderful name suggestions – I was overwhelmed by so many beautiful puppy names. I’ve included them all below for you to see (and maybe use one day if you need to find a puppy name). The other puppy in the picture has been named Roshy because she has marks on her back that resemble a Rorschach test.

My Writer’s Nook is near completion and we all know that means … my dive back into novel writing will begin in earnest in the next few weeks which means I may have to take a break from blogging (I’ll post a picture of the Nook soon).

I’ve been absolutely thrilled in the past few weeks to receive great book reviews from Roy McCarthy, Dan Thompson, Nancy and Ella Dee. Go over, check out their blogs and say hello!

Here are the name suggestions 😀


Jen – Emma or Bronte

1girlforadamwest – Cupcake

Ly Ginger

Sheila – Gabby

Jackie Big Bertha (LOL)

SusanHarper (after my HarperCollins award) 😉

Lou – Duchess



Nancy – Cinnabun (cinnamon bun topped with icing and super sweet)

Day Dreams in WonderlandWillow

EllaDeeOhmygoodnessmeeeeeee (LOL)

Padagan – Taraka, Spindrift,Thistle or Thistledown, Amber, Bramble, Whisper, Banner, Impish or Imp, Tazi, Kiri, Yampi, Kiwi, Prism, Mara, Naftali, Velvet, Moon Dancer, Sundust, Star Girl, Butterscotch


HarulaTink, Belle, (+1 for Cupcake)


Paula – For a boy and girl – Hansel and Gretel or Elizabeth (Beth for short) and Darcy

Bluebee –  For two girls – Thelma and Louise (or an Aussie flavour) Matilda or Muriel (from Muriel’s wedding)

Maarit – Ella

Barb – Madeline

Char – Winnie the Pooch…or Honey



Sylvia – البقع البنية (translated means ‘Brown Spots‘) (LOL)

Billy Ray – Best Of Sad Soulful Eyes (or BOSSE)

Suzan – Athena and Artemis


Elisa – Lucy (lucy loo), Lolita (lollie) or Matilda (mattie), if she gets fat then Lady Tubbington (LOL)



Lizzie – Sharon or Kylie

Penny – Giselle


HazyRuby (Rugby without the ‘g’) 😉

Annie – Maya or Tara

What amazingly creative people you are! 


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  1. Amanda / Jul 30 2013 8:44 am

    You should have no trouble writing with such beautiful surroundings as inspiration!


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 8:59 am

      I think I’m really going to enjoy it, Amanda 😀


  2. Letizia / Jul 30 2013 8:49 am

    Casey is such a great name; it suits her well! With all my dogs, it’s always taken us a couple of days to find the name as we figure out who they are and what name suits them. I like the idea that you are going to find a name for the RUC too – it will truly make it your own (as if all the work you’re doing on it isn’t already doing that…. but you know what I mean!).


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 9:01 am

      Thanks, Letizia 😀 I was looking at the windows and then at her and thought – good grief, she’s a Casey!

      The RUC is at the fork of two roads and someone has suggested Grayfork – but I’m yet to be convinced 😉


  3. Theo Fenraven / Jul 30 2013 9:27 am

    Love the before/after photos. Looking forward to seeing the reality!

    If I had a puppy, I’d name her Roxie Hart, because I think the name is cute. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 12:11 pm

      You might have to include Roxie Hart in a story, Theo, it’s a great name 😀


  4. T. W. Dittmer / Jul 30 2013 9:35 am

    You’ll catch some nice breezes with those windows.


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 12:11 pm

      They open right up and will be very handy indeed in summertime 😀


  5. John / Jul 30 2013 9:50 am

    Exciting times for you! I like the colors (colours) you’ve chosen, nice combo! 🙂


  6. JackieP / Jul 30 2013 10:02 am

    Great colors! I really like that. As for the puppy, I knew my name wouldn’t make it but it made us both laugh. 😉 Casey is a great name. It’ll be interesting to see what you rename the RUC. You up for suggestions on that too? 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 12:13 pm

      Yes – I’m up for anything, Jackie! 😀 If you have a suggestion let me know 😉


  7. EllaDee / Jul 30 2013 10:39 am

    Casey and Roshy, sounds great 🙂 I like the original colour scheme, it stands out but blends in. Naming a house I think is far harder than naming a dog. Ours is unnamed but we refer to it the grand old lady, on a good day – on days when work needs to be done and no level is straight… well….
    There is a site with a few suggestions, and a wiki page of historic houses of South Australia if you are looking for inspiration, but I would so love to know the RUC’s provenance – that would be cool 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 12:30 pm

      I’ve heard that the RUC was built in Smithfield QLD in about 1880. It was probably a government building (because it seems they spared no expense on it and it’s never had walls for ‘bedrooms’ as such. When it was moved to be the Rugby Union Club it was moved from Government land to Government land). I’m still searching through old pics on the net, but haven’t come up with anything yet. I’m also looking through old newspaper articles, but it’s hard because the paper had a fire many years ago and a lot of information was lost 😦

      Thanks so much for the link – I’m heading over that way now to take a look 😀


  8. Peter / Jul 30 2013 11:22 am

    Interesting windows that you call ‘casements’ — here a typical casement window would be one window, hinged at the side, or occasionally two hinged at the outer edges. Not sure I’ve ever seen multiple windows like yours before. Kewl!

    Our campground seems to have acquired a dumped kitten too. We have known there to be a tabby colored feral male who lives in/around the property — but now there has appeared a gray on gray immature kitten whom one of the campers has started feeding and which seems acclimated to human touch and attention. I’m hoping the kitten goes with them when they leave here later this week.

    After three days with our daughter we’re all quiet on the Western Front and a little bit bummed. It’s always that way when she leaves. But we began planning for our next meet-up in Louisiana — so that’s not a bad way to end a visit — looking forward to the next one.

    I’ll be interested to hear how you rename the RUC. I’m no good thinking up creative names. Our daughter is Kathryn because she had two grandmothers named Catherine and Katherine — we changed the spelling and that was that. I have always hated naming categories, or things. I don’t think that way. We call our RV Journey because that’s the ‘model’ Winnebago named it. We had two parakeets — both of whom had names beginning with “P” and a hamster whose name also began with “P” — I think we’re stuck in a rut there.

    I like the paint scheme. I’ve always liked the idea of living somewhere were blue and yellow would seem appropriate colors for the house in the climate it was located in. Somehow here in the Midwest of the US, and in the North — light yellow and blue just don’t get you through the winters!!!!!

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    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 12:41 pm

      I’m glad you like the colour scheme, Peter. I wasn’t sure at first and that’s why I mocked it up in Paint. I didn’t want to paint the whole thing and then stand back and say YIKES! LOL

      I like your interesting take on naming things – I’m not good at it either. When the kids were little and at home I would just leave it up to them to name any creatures that came along (that was very interesting and how we ended up with a dog called Balthazar!) 😀

      Best of luck with the feral kitten – lets hope someone takes him home…


  9. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 30 2013 12:03 pm

    Casey and Roshy…love them!!! I like that you added all of the comments with puppy names. There are some gems in that list. : )


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 12:42 pm

      They are beauties, Britt – I got to the stage where I thought they were all so good I didn’t know what to choose! Next time I get a puppy (which won’t be too soon) I’ll have a list to choose from 😀


  10. Sheila Morris / Jul 30 2013 12:40 pm

    Perfect puppy names!! I love them, too!! Please do not ask me for a suggestion on a new name for the RUC – I struggle with disbelief at the work you’re doing on it!! Seriously, if I could afford you, I would hire you for some projects we need done at Casa de Canterbury…:)


    • diannegray / Jul 30 2013 12:45 pm

      LOL! My M-I-L asked me the other day how much I charge and my bro-in-law said, ‘she’s a specialist – you just can’t afford her mum.’ LOL

      I’m hopeless at naming things, but one day the new RUC name may just pop into my head (when I’m finished working and relaxed) 😉


  11. nrhatch / Jul 30 2013 12:52 pm

    Casey is perfect for you new puppy. And the windows are fantastic looking. What a labor of love.


    • Pagadan / Jul 30 2013 2:07 pm

      Casey is a good choice. You’ll always remember why you named her that. Thanks for sharing the name suggestions with us! Lovely selection, but I thought Cupcake and Winnie the Pooch were especially nice. And I appreciate seeing the progress yo’re making on the house. Now, a name for that. That’s harder. Maybe something historic? Or a combination of old and new?


      • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 6:40 am

        I really liked Cupcake and Winnie the Pooch as well. It was SO hard to choose a name with all those brilliant names floating around in my head 😉

        Renaming the RUC is going to be hard. I’m thinking of something with Gray in it and maybe that’s why I’m getting stuck – I may need to think outside the box 😀


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 6:33 am

      I put the brass handles back on the windows yesterday. I’ve decided to put the handles on the others BEFORE I hang them next time (LOL) 😀


  12. Janna G. Noelle / Jul 30 2013 2:20 pm

    Those windows look great! That glass is really unique, and the two tones kind of reminds me of stained glass.

    When you rename the RUC, is it going to be a people name, or a concept name, or something entirely different yet? An old basement apartment suite I used to live in with two other single, unsettled gals was named The House of Lost Souls.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 6:43 am

      WOW – The House of Lost Souls sounds kind of spooky, but I see what you mean about naming. I’m stuck on using something with Gray in it and I need to move away from that to clear my head. I’m sure it will just hit me one day like the proverbial slap in the forehead, but at the moment I’m at a loss.

      The windows are beautiful and the glass in them is over 100 years old so I have been pretty nervous about taking it out to clean it. Only one piece has broken and that was when someone else was helping me get the glass out (now I do it all by myself!) 😉


  13. The Bumble Files / Jul 30 2013 3:17 pm

    Dianne, it looks fabulous. I love the colors you chose and the glass. So very cool. And Casey, of course, could she be named anything else? I like it when the names choose you!


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 6:47 am

      The name just hit me in the head (LOL) and I thought ‘of course!’

      I’m so glad you think the colour scheme suits. I’ve never really been good at designing so going with the original colour seemed the easiest and most effective way to go 😉


  14. bulldog / Jul 30 2013 3:22 pm

    The RUC in it’s new colours looks wonderful… and I love the stairs… I think this is going to give you a new lease in writing… to be able to sit up there and look around marvelous… but head down and concentration… I’m sure you will be highly inspired by your new location…
    Looking at all the names given Padagan could write a book of puddle making dogs names…


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 6:52 am

      LOL! Padagan did come up with a lot of beauties here 😉

      I’ve always loved the look of butterfly stairs (and we ‘have’ to have them because the inspector told us we can only have so many treads for each set of stairs by law and one set of stairs at the front would go over the limit). So I think there will be about 5 stairs to the landing and then about 10 on each side. I’m very excited about it! 😀


  15. DaydreamsinWonderland / Jul 30 2013 3:32 pm

    I’m really liking that second picture of the stairs! They look so elegant & inviting.
    Casey is a cute name. 🙂
    I wish you lots of productivity when you get back to the drawing (writing) board.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 6:55 am

      I love the look of the stairs as well as the skirting underneath. The house won’t look like she’s naked anymore LOL 😉

      Thank you for the best wishes with my writing – it’s been so long since I’ve written (I hope it’s like riding a bike and I don’t forget how to do it!)


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / Jul 31 2013 11:28 am

        It is totally like riding a bike. We’re a little rusty at first – but we never forget. 🙂


  16. restlessjo / Jul 30 2013 4:24 pm

    Can I cheat a bit and look at my notes for the test? 🙂
    Great job on your windows and I love the mockup of the house. Butterfly stairs- what a wonderful name. (Casey too- I know you guys will have fun)


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 6:57 am

      I thought it would be really hard doing a mock up of the house, but it seemed to work quite well. People were a little skeptical when I told them I was going with blue and cream, but the picture tells it all without me having to explain it.

      Casey loves her name 😉


  17. jannatwrites / Jul 30 2013 4:46 pm

    Oooh, I like that blue color! The windows look beautiful. I can’t wait to see pictures of your writing space now 🙂

    I’m so excited that I don’t live in a neighborhood with a Homeowner’s Association…this means that when it’s time to paint, I get to pick whatever color I want! (Where I moved from, they had a list of approved colors, but you still had to submit a request to the architectural committee so they could review and approve your color choices. We had to do this even though we ‘chose’ the same colors that were already on the house!


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:08 am

      Good grief! I know a few places like this. Before we moved the RUC we had to submit photos of adjoining properties to make sure it fitted in with the ambiance of the area. Another woman had actually been given the RUC first but when she submitted her pictures her request to move it was declined (lucky for us!)

      I’ve only got about another 20-something windows to do (LOL). But I’ll get there 😉


  18. moderndayruth / Jul 30 2013 5:00 pm

    Oh, it’s so difficult to choose a name for a companion… I wish we could give them 5 or 6 names, that would make the process way easier! 😉


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:13 am

      Yes – 5 or 6 names like the movie stars give their children 😀

      I’ve now called her Casey (after the casement windows I’ve been working on) 😉


  19. the eternal traveller / Jul 30 2013 6:25 pm

    Wow, all the work on the windows has been worth it. They are beautiful. And I love your colour choices for the outside of the house – they are the same ones we used on our home! What great taste you have.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:15 am

      How exciting that you have the same colours – we must be blogging sisters! 😀


      • the eternal traveller / Jul 31 2013 7:33 pm

        We must be. Or even blogging triplets if you count Marsha Lee. She is my online sister in USA and counts my daughters as her Aussie nieces. It’s one big happy blogging family.


  20. harulawordsthatserve / Jul 30 2013 6:48 pm

    Some lovely names there, but Casey’s a winner – I love it. Can’t wait to see pictures of your writer’s nook and thrilled that means you’ll be back to writing soon…and I’m sure you’re thrilled too. No doubt it’ll all come in a rush of fabulous flow after this healthy break…not that you’ve not been working hard. How many hours of sanding…???


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:18 am

      Oh dear – I haven’t counted the hours, but I’m sure it would be well over 200 😯

      I hope writing is like riding a bike and I get back into it without forgetting how to do it and falling off 😉

      The writer’s nook is very near complete now – yikes, I’d better sharpen my pens 😀


  21. Piya Singh / Jul 30 2013 6:52 pm

    Dear Dianne,

    I absolutely love your new windows and your place is such a treat. I wish I could come to crash for a few days.

    Till then… sending a little sun shine your way…

    All the best with the new book.



    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:19 am

      Thank you, Piya! I’m heading your way right now 😀


  22. mrscarmichael / Jul 30 2013 7:27 pm

    Loving the mock-up. What a difference a splash of paint does make!


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:21 am

      It’s amazing what a splash of paint can do to a place 😉 It even surprised me!


  23. Anna Belfrage / Jul 30 2013 7:49 pm

    Gorgeous colour scheme! That house will make it to magazines all over – should you want it to.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:22 am

      I’ve already been approached for wedding photos – I just need to finish the place first and get a nice garden established in front 😉


  24. ramblingsfromamum / Jul 30 2013 8:47 pm

    It will be a wonderful writers Nook my sweet and Casey is a gorgeous name for her. You have indeed worked hard and the windows look fab, do have a rest now and then petal or you won’t be able to hit that keyboard! xxx


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:24 am

      I’m just glad I’ve still got all my fingers after using the old machinery in the shed! LOL

      Casey loves her name too 😀


  25. Jill Weatherholt / Jul 30 2013 10:09 pm

    Oh yes, she does look like a Casey…perfect! I love the blue you selected, it’s beautiful. Thanks for the link back to all of our blogs, Dianne. That had to have been a little time consuming. I appreciate it. Good luck with your writing and enjoy the Nook!


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:26 am

      Thank you, Jill. It was a bit time consuming linking to all the blogs but I was very appreciative of all the thought that went into the names 😉

      I’m so glad you like the blue – I get a lot of strange looks from people when I mention painting the place blue 😯


  26. ly / Jul 30 2013 11:28 pm

    Casey–good idea!! The windows radiate peacefulness. The old glass…indescribable. Taking the RUC back to orginal colors is inspired. Sounds like the finish line looms large!


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:32 am

      I can see that finish line now, Ly. It’s still a bit of a distance away, but it’s definitely there 😀

      The old glass is just beautiful and I was very nervous about getting it out to clean it. Some of those pieces took me up to fours hours just to get the glass out without breaking it (the last person decided to ‘glue’ them in 😯


  27. mcwoman / Jul 31 2013 12:28 am

    Blue and cream are so handsome together, and they look great on the RUC’s mock-up. The butterfly stairs give your Casa de Dianne a lovely touch. You have more patience than I when it comes to the windows, but your efforts are SOOOO worth it! And Casey, well, I still like Madeline, but right now the younger puppy name fits her. Once you get all of these projects under your belt, what will you do with yourself????


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:34 am

      Once all these projects are finished I’m going back to full-time writing. It’s been a long time between novels 😀

      I’m glad you like the blue and cream – it certainly goes very well together 😉


  28. ocdreader / Jul 31 2013 1:03 am

    gorgeous! I love those casement windows with the green too – I can’t believe they covered those up. crazy government types! 🙂 Those are great puppy names. Can’t wait to see the beauties they grow into.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:37 am

      It took me AGES to get the paint off the glass – yikes, if you ever need to do it just ask me how because I’m an old hand at it now! LOL 😉

      Those puppies aren’t going to stay little for very long – but they’re such cuties 😀


  29. tchistorygal / Jul 31 2013 1:56 am

    I love your dream. RUC, to be renamed later, is going to be lovely with butterfly stairs and dark blue trim. Yum! The windows are amazing looking. Your house is going to be the belle of the ball for sure. I don’t know how you do it all! Amazing woman. Enjoy the new kitty and baby Casey. I’m so glad you share your life with us. Take care, happy writing, sanding, mothering, dreaming, etc. M


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:39 am

      Thank you, Marsha – what beautiful thoughts! I’ve already been approached by couples for wedding photos on those front stairs – but there’s a load of work to do first! lol 😀


  30. Jacqui Murray / Jul 31 2013 2:42 am

    How do you do it all? Love the ‘after’ pic in Paint.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:43 am

      I’m not a very organised person, Jacqui! I just get into it in the morning and work all day. I eat toasted sandwiches for dinner more often than not and just fall into bed at about 7:30 (LOL). Once the writer’s nook is finished, I’ll switch to another gear and split my time between writing and ‘house things’. I’m actually looking forward to it 😀


  31. nrhatch / Jul 31 2013 3:45 am

    Before moving to FL, we lived in a raised ranch on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. We called it “The Aerie.”


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:45 am

      Where did the name for “The Aerie” come from? Is it something to do with bird’s nest?


      • nrhatch / Jul 31 2013 10:53 am

        Yes . . . it’s the high nest built by Eagles and Osprey.

        The name popped into my head as we drove up to the house a week or so after we moved in. I looked the word up, thought the definition fit, and we burned the name onto a piece of driftwood and mounted it on the stairs leading up to the wrap around deck.


      • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 1:06 pm

        How lovely!!!


  32. char / Jul 31 2013 4:03 am

    I like that mockup. Stands out nicely. Yea! You’re almost done. But I won’t recognize it when you call it by something other than RUC. I guess you’ll have to immerse me in the new name when you decide on it.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:47 am

      Once I change the name people will say ‘what are you talking about?’ LOL I hadn’t thought of that. I’ll have to spam everyone first 😉

      I’m glad you like the mock-up – I’m a very visual person and it’s hard for me to explain the colours without actually having them in front of me 😀


  33. Roy McCarthy / Jul 31 2013 4:57 am

    It’s awesome that you’re re-inventing a building with such a history Dianne. I’ve wondered before at what if those walls could talk, especially now you’ve brought much of it back to the original, albeit before repainting.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:49 am

      I’m sure this place could tell a lot of stories, Roy. I imagine all the people who have been there in the last 150 years. WOW – it’s very intriguing indeed…


  34. Bonnie / Jul 31 2013 5:58 am

    Ahh…Dianne, I love it!! What a great job with the rendering to see how the colors will look once painted. That is going to look fabulous!! A writer’s nook – even more fab – can’t wait to see the photos of that. And finally – what a perfect name for your puppy – Casey. Sweet, playful and just unique enough and love that you tied it to your home! Awesome!


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:53 am

      Thanks, Bonnie. The name kind of flew at me and slapped me in the forehead when I’d finished hanging the windows! 😉

      I needed to mock-up the colours because no one really understood what I was imagining the colours, stairs and skirting would look like. Now I’ve got the vision there it’s going to be a lot easier to bring it to life 😀


  35. rilzy / Jul 31 2013 7:21 am

    I cannot wait to see the writing nook. I think it is great that you will have that special place for writing. Should be amazing for your Muse.


    • diannegray / Jul 31 2013 7:57 am

      I think my muse is getting stronger every day and pulling me in there! It’s difficult to concentrate on anything else now when I sit there 😀


  36. bodhisattvaintraining / Jul 31 2013 3:30 pm

    Love the name you picked, LOVE the windows and can’t wait to hear what you rename the house…


    • diannegray / Aug 1 2013 5:41 am

      I’m so glad, Annie 😀 I had so many lovely names to choose from. Renaming the house won’t be that easy, hopefully it’ll just ‘come to me’! 😀


  37. Rohan 7 Things / Jul 31 2013 9:21 pm

    Wow, good work with MS paint! It will look beautiful with those colours and the stairs, really splendid 🙂

    Hehe, and Casey is a great name!

    Wishing you all the best with your writing Dianne, it’s almost time for me to start back into fiction as well 🙂

    Good luck!



    • diannegray / Aug 1 2013 5:44 am

      I’ve only got a week or so to go before I really have to dive in head first and get cracking on my three WIPs. It’s going to be interesting 😉


  38. pommepal / Jul 31 2013 10:01 pm

    G’day Dianne, I haven’t been around cyberspace for a while and just starting to catch up again. Good to see the RUC is coming along in leaps and bounds. I think the colour scheme is elegant, what a good idea to try it out in paint first. I love your new puppies I’m sure we will be seeing more of them as they grow up on the farm.


    • diannegray / Aug 1 2013 5:46 am

      Thanks so much for dropping in. I believe you’re currently in my neck of the woods up at the Tablelands. What a lovely place it is. Enjoy! 😀


      • pommepal / Aug 1 2013 9:22 am

        Yes it is beautiful up here


  39. Rebecca Bradley / Aug 1 2013 1:15 am

    Casey is a great name and I love the windows. I can’t believe you did them yourself! Your place is just beautiful and the projected end result looks stunning.


    • diannegray / Aug 1 2013 5:47 am

      Thanks so much, Rebecca. I certainly have put in a lot of time and effort, but it’s really worth it in the end 😀


  40. jmmcdowell / Aug 1 2013 6:40 am

    The place is really turning into a home—and a writer’s home at that. Maybe you want something inclusive with your husband, but “The Writer’s Nook” sounds good to me. 🙂 Or maybe “The Nook” could include him somehow?

    I can’t imagine how much work it took to clean the paint from those windows, but they look great. You’re going to have an incredible setting for your writing to fly!


    • diannegray / Aug 1 2013 6:59 am

      The writer’s nook is all mine, JM 😀 Hubby has the Man Cave downstairs with pool table, darts and bar (lol) – though I’m sure we’ll share each other’s spaces most of the time 😉

      The windows were difficult to clean and hard to get out to get them clean because someone had decided to ‘glue’ them into the frames. Some of them took me more than four hours to get out without breaking them 😯 Only one pane was broken when someone offered to help me (oops!)


  41. Kate is / Aug 1 2013 12:02 pm

    You are such a clever clever woman. I’m impressed every time 🙂


  42. agjorgenson / Aug 1 2013 12:15 pm

    Congrats on the amazing progress. I’ve never thought of naming, or renaming my house, but my sailboat has a name, so why not a house? You could go with the acronym for Former Rugby Union Club. That might be interesting…


    • diannegray / Aug 2 2013 6:22 am

      LOL – I like that Allen, very clever indeed! 😀


  43. donnajeanmcdunn / Aug 1 2013 12:52 pm

    Hi Dianne, I love what you’ve done to the RUC. It’s like a new home made just for you. You have done a wonderful job. As for renaming it, I hope not. I love the name. Of course I’m not the one living in it or doing all that renovation, so you have my permission to call whatever you want. I do love the names of the puppies too.


    • diannegray / Aug 2 2013 6:25 am

      I may just leave it the same, I’ve come to know it as the RUC now so a new name may get confusing 😉 I’m glad you like it and the major work is nearing an end so it’s nearly time to get back to my first love – writing 😀


  44. 1girl4adamwest / Aug 1 2013 6:38 pm

    Pretty & cool windows. The names are indeed creative pup names! I enjoyed them all!!


    • diannegray / Aug 2 2013 6:27 am

      Thanks so much for your suggestion – Cupcake was one of my favourites! 😀


  45. Polysyllabic Profundities / Aug 2 2013 11:46 am

    I will miss your blog posts….but if it means there is another novel coming, I will do my best to get by until it is published. I may have to read a couple of them again. 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 2 2013 2:18 pm

      Awww – you’re so very sweet! 😀 The nook isn’t quite finished yet, but it’s not far off 😉


  46. bluebee / Aug 4 2013 1:12 pm

    I saw the first photo of the windows in the WP reader before I saw that it was your post and thought – what a great photo of some retro-style windows. Love the casement windows and am intrigued that the RUC was something other government building before it was the RUC – there’s a story in there somewhere! Any ghostly goings-on? 😀 Happy novel-writing.


    • diannegray / Aug 4 2013 4:11 pm

      Okay, now that you’ve asked – there is a woman… but she’s lovely and I think her name is either Abby or Addie (Abigail or Adelaide). She seems matronly and is very fussy about the way the house is treated. I’ve seen some really weird things happen to people when they’re rough with their work. She certainly doesn’t like people who mistreat the house or do a bad job (an example is an incident where one of the builders swore loudly when they were trying to fix something downstairs and yelled out “this place is a piece of sh*t!” – I was sitting upstairs and heard him say it and thought ‘oh man, you shouldn’t have said that. She won’t like it’. Then I heard a thump and a scream. A piece of board fell off the side of the house and landed right on his big toe nearly cutting it off). A few things like this have happened and I’m getting use to it now, but I can’t say to people, ‘do good work and take care of the house, otherwise something bad might happen,’ because they’ll think I’m nuts 😯


  47. Hazy Shades of Me / Aug 7 2013 8:37 am

    Beautiful colour scheme. Aren’t you talented…I would have no clue how to do what you did to make your house appear already painted!

    You chose a great name. :0) Thanks for including mine in your list!


    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 11:24 am

      Thanks, Hazy! I just drew coloured lines on the photo in Paint (I’m the most unartistic person I know) LOL 😀

      I just LOVED the names. Ruby was one of my favourites 😀


  48. Kozo Hattori / Aug 7 2013 10:46 am

    You weren’t lying, Dianne. The RUC is amazing. I love that the puppy names contain great memories and meaning. One day, I would love to see a time-lapse slide show of the whole process. After you finish the 3 WIPs, of course. {{{hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / Aug 7 2013 11:34 am

      I’m going to get a time-lapse slide show up and running after the RUC has been painted and the lawn is in. I’m really looking forward to doing it 😀 {{{hugs}}}


  49. billyraychitwood1 / Aug 11 2013 2:12 am

    Love the ‘before/after’ shots – What a great job you have done (including hubby, of course!)… It is all so beautiful!

    Take a look at our new ‘digs’ at (The Cumberland Plateau) – Then, again, maybe you’ve already seen the pics… Getting settled in little by little, with not the work load you have! ‘y’all come, now, you heah!’ It’s rather amazing to be back in the state where my bewildered and emotional youth was spent.

    Oh, yeah, while my internet was down for a week or so off and on I finished my tenth book (more or less), “The Reluctant Savage.” Like all my books, it’s rather non-convoluted of plot and an easy read (even with all the errata!). 🙂 The book will be out in a few weeks. I know how busy you are but will send you the file if you’d like, along with the cover pic… Not obligating you, dear lady, just saying! Will not hurt my feelings. With your own writing and the RUC work, I know how busy you are – just happy to send it if you would like. Let me know at

    As always, wishing you and yours the very best,

    Billy Ray


    • billyraychitwood1 / Aug 11 2013 2:16 am

      Oh, forgot to mention… With humility and not an ounce of bias, the name I would choose is ‘Bosse’ (Best of sad soulful eyes)! 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 13 2013 6:42 am

      It’s amazing how much writing we can get done when the internet is down – that seems to be my most productive time 😉 Well done for finishing the novel. I’d love to have a sneak peak but I’m really snowed under at the moment and don’t think I would be able to get to it for a few months. Let me know when it’s published and best of luck 😀


  50. Piper George / Aug 14 2013 3:46 am

    Love the split stairs – that’s one purty building.


    • diannegray / Aug 14 2013 7:03 am

      I can’t wait until they’re up – they’re very pretty indeed 😀


  51. helpwithyourlife / Aug 17 2013 8:59 am

    I love it Dianne! Casey is an adorable name and I like the way you arrived at the name; via the beautiful casement windows connection! The windows look great by the way! It was wonderful that you shared all the puppy names for others to use as well. 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 19 2013 7:14 am

      Thanks, Cathie 😀 She’s an adorable puppy and very well behaved (which is always a plus!) 😉


  52. Lisaman / Aug 19 2013 7:12 pm

    What an interesting building to be renovating!! Have a great week!!


  53. Maddie Cochere / Sep 12 2013 12:08 pm

    Love the windows, the puppy name, the COLORS! You can name your house anything you want, Dianne, but it will always be The RUC to me. 😉 Hope you are well!


    • diannegray / Sep 13 2013 5:49 am

      Thanks, Maddie – it’s so lovely to hear from you! 😀


  54. escapingdarkness / Jan 27 2014 4:18 pm

    What an amazing job youve done on the house!


    • diannegray / Jan 28 2014 5:33 am

      It’s been a load of work (blood sweat and tears) but I guess that makes me appreciate it all the more 😉


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