The land release and block progressing nicely

Went for a drive out to the land and was able to get some access quickly to take a few photos.

In recent weeks they have closed off the other streets around us, so the only access to our section is via the main road which was extended. This access will be temporary until the the second stage of this land release is done, and that temporary access will be closed.

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Our Land – Nov 2014 Update

Below is a photo our block of land after being able to access it for the first time since purchase.

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Our Land – Nov 2014

This area had been completely off limits due to construction equipment movements and progress. This is the first time we have been able to go stand where our actual land and house will be.

The plan will be to continue to narrow down the houses/builders we like so that we can be in a good position to start the next phases of the process along once land registers in March 2015.

Carnival Spirit – 8 Day cruise

Just got back today from a cruise on Carnival Spirit. We went for 8 days and it was good cruise. Had a good time, got to relax a bit and see a few ports I’ve seen before. Will be posting more pictures from the trip in the coming week, however below is a quick tease.

Captured this one from Noumea, where the Spirit docked in the Freight Terminal, as it cannot fit into the Passenger Terminal.

 

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Freight Terminal – Noumea

I’ve parsed the photo via a filter to give the picture a miniature look.

Plumbing issue now resolved

Today my step dad and I fixed a problem I discovered post the new pergola slab going in. Days after the area was cleared, I noticed a lot of water near the tap and thought my wife must of over watered the lawn.

Post the slab being done it was more noticeable when pergola installer cut the downpipe. i.e no water came out of the live pipes. Since these should contain water since it goes to a tank. Thought the collar (reducer from 90mm to 100mm pipe) had come off, as it had once before.

We cut out the pipe, and when we put a torch down the water was actually below the point of the collars, which meant the leak was lower.

Dug out the side to access pipe and I immediately spotted the problem. It appears the 45 degree elbow that was under the concrete slab must of been knocked during excavation of the slab area I imagine and this split it on the inside of the elbow. It was so split that it was nearly around the whole pipe diameter. It had else caused some soil to erode around it too. Every time it rained, the system would need to load up, and post rain the system would unload all that water into the rear out this split. No wonder the ground was so wet post rain.

Didn’t take and pictures of the split, as I was too covered in mud to get a camera. However did capture the picture below showing out fix, as you can see not a bad job. Loaded up the down pipes and no leaks. So win for us.

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Now I can get on to the next jobs around the house and yard. So much still to do. Will continue to take pictures. Have another low spot where I am going to lay a surface drain and some arg line/pipe to help stop the area from pooling with water (where the trampoline use to be)

 

A washed car always leads to rain

Spent a good amount time lastnight washing the cars, and this usually results in the use of the car next day involving lots of rain. Sure enough my trip to Wyong today involved driving in lots of rain on the way up and back.

Car is now dirty, guess I will be cleaning it again probably tomorrow, as it certainly needs it again now.

The rain we drove through was very heavy and the visibility was reduced greatly during the trip.

Wet n Wild – Sydney

My wife and I decided to take our oldest son to Wet n Wild – Sydney as a treat. Considering this week was his first day at prep school.

He was very excited, and when we arrived yesterday afternoon his excitement at the time was evident once he saw the place. We had a good time and managed to make the most of the special price for twilight after 3pm. Mind you it got pretty cool once that sun went down about 8pm. All in all it wasn’t bad.

The queues were of course fairly long for the attractions and the food/drink prices are a bit of a joke.

Backyard Garden Work – Progress pictures

Over the past 2-3 months I have been doing work in our backyard. It involved putting a garden bed around the perimeter of the fence and planting some bushes that will grow and fill out the space. Basically so I look at bushes instead of a boring fence.

Plants have been in for a while, bark was laid sometime after that. Only started doing the timber edge in the last 2 months, so that’s the main progress here. However if and when I post original photos, you will see trees have really grown too.

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Hyundai i30 Trophy CRDi

The day finally came. After waiting nearly a week, the new car was ready for delivery. Decided to mark the occasion with a blog post and a few pictures. Of course I should also say a few words below or post a few words in this case.

Today see’s us take possession of our new Hyundai i30 Trophy CRDi, and it’s the passing of the Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI which I traded in. The Golf served us well, and we thought it would be best to move to another diesel based car. Hyundai for us ticked the right boxes.

Here is a few pictures, just so we can remember just how clean and sparkling it was on day one.

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So far I would have to say I am totally impressed with the USB port. We plugged in my wife’s iPhone and was surprised that the music was able to be selected via album from the head unit of the radio. Further more when I played an album the cover art displayed on the head unit of the radio along with the song name etc. Will be sure to post a pic of that soon. It was also charging the iPhone while connected.

As you can see I got a tow bar fitted, and was surprised to see the wiring harness sits in the boot. It’s one of those flat ribbon cables that has enough length so that it can hang out the boot when in use. Never had one like this before. The Golf wiring harness had an adapter that plugged in and from this we could plug in the trailer wiring loom.

The difference in power from the VW Golf 2.0 TDI is certainly noticable. But this was expected, since we are talking 2 very different engines. i.e. 2.0L vs 1.6L. Although the i30 CRDi still manages to pull like a freight train. Gearboxes certainly a bit different, but both 6 speed manuals.

Will be sure to post back anything else I find with the car, but very happy with the purchase so far.

Voyager of the seas – Sydney 2 night sampler cruise

My wife surprised me with a 2 night sampler cruise on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the seas.

We had a wonderful time without the kids, and my mother took the kids while we were gone, so that was good too.

Below is some pictures from the trip;

In addition, if you’d like to see some of the daily planners from the trip you can access them from below, as I brought them home and scanned them so others could see.

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Daily Planner – 08 Nov 2013

Along with some other documents we got on board.

Voyager of the seas – The officers and staff onboard (Nov 2013)

Portofino Menu (07 Nov 2013) – Specialty Restaurant onboard

Voyager of the seas – As you arrive (07 Nov 2013) – Map

The ship is to have a refit on its way back to the US for next season, so when it comes back to Australia next year it will have only had one season in the US post the refit. I’d hope they put some Australian power points, as from the pictures you will see that our room had 2 x US based ones, which is not a big deal, just take a converter and ensure you only use power bricks that do dual voltage (most modern stuff does). If you forgot, you can loan one from room stewards as request, although don’t forget to return it as it will incur a charge.