Sunday, December 25, 2011

Engaged at 14, parents at 16.

          Luke 2
10: And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
21....,his name was called Jesus, (which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb)
- meaning Saviour, God who is salvation.

The real reason for the season,
 Happy Birthday Jesus.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas.

 From our Crazy House to your (hopefully not so crazy) house, we wish you all a happy and relaxed Christmas with your loved ones.





Best wishes and stay safe!
Thanks for visiting our funny little blog.

Monday, December 19, 2011

'tis the season to be silly.....


  No. 1 son usually gets a raw deal in the birthday cake department because he has a December birthday. In the past I have even served up a bought Shrek cake (while we moved house) so I thought I better put in a little more effort, being 18 and all. Thankfully the junk shop had some chocolates in the shape of cars and tools, perfect for an apprentice mechanic. Especially that hammer,right! The chocolates came in little moulds that can be used again.



 Lots of jaffas and smarties. Plenty of hi-jinx.
So instead of painting I've been murdering candy canes for secret santa presents.We each have one name (drawn randomly) to buy a present for with a $20 limit. Good for large-ish extended families which can make for some funny and inventive presents.


Chocolate fudge biscuits. I thought they looked better raw.
My Christmas cake is ready and unlike this one from last year, the kids can't say "Mum, there's a cockroach on your cake!"
Thought you might like this nut fudge. Nice and easy and won't pull out a filling.
120 g of milk chocolate
120 g dark chocolate
4 tblsp cocoa powder
2/3 cup cashews or peanuts
2/3  cup condensed milk
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
Melt chocolates together in a bowl over hot water, add cocoa, nuts, condensed milk and coconut.
 Press into a baking paper lined tray 17x27cms.
Refrigerate until firmer and cut into squares.
Yum!
Mr and Mrs CH always hanging out together.

Feeling a little sleepy and it's not Christmas yet!

Hope things aren't too hectic at your place, have a lovely week.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Amateur re-roofing-part 2 (raining indoors).

I meant to post this weeks ago after part 1, but time has got away again, better late than never!
So the day started out lovely and sunny and in spite of checking the BOM radar for rain clouds,which were nowhere in sight, it rained. It poured half way through our DIY roofing! Rain soaked through the insulation, ran down the roof, hit the uprights and flowed down the inside walls. 
If we had a video running, you could of had a good laugh (on us).
 We gave up trying to save the insulation from drowning and focused on the inside paintwork. We attempted the "bucket save", but didn't have nearly enough buckets to line the walls and catch the water coming through the ceiling. It was so comical seeing indoor rain, we stood there like drowned rats and laughed and laughed. Of course the kids were no help and watched as we mopped the walls and floor with any rags we could find. The aim was to stop the exposed nails (from sanding the floor) from getting too wet and bleeding stains into the woodfloors. 
Part of the kitchen and bathroom ceiling took the brunt of the moisture soaking in, and bubbled (of course).More patchwork painting to be done. At least the barrier between us and the asbestos ceiling is getting greater!


After the rain passed.
The roof carnage!
The backyard carnage!

The shanty town, drying the rags (you never know, we might need them again!).
Well, this is a warts and all kinda tale.
Where metric meets imperial.
Looks kinda ridiculous, but thats all that the budget will allow for at this stage. The plan is to get someone else to do the tricky parts next time.
Still more screws to put in and that dubious (asbestos) vent-pipe to re-attach. I think I was meant to say something about screwing every second ridge on the outside sheets or something, but who would bother doing this themselves right, you'd have to be crazy!
Some beams must have been rotten? and needed changing, so the screws have been fixed where they  needed to go rather than following a string line (above the bathroom in particular).
So what is the damage to our $10 000 budget.
$1 150 for the iron sheets and hex screws (with leftovers) bought on line (Stramit product) and delivered.
$370 for the insulation-Anticon.
Extra sarking, leftovers from our house and some freebie from a neighbour(which saved us a few hundred dollars).
Apparently for roofs with no air gap, you sandwich the insulation between outer layers of sarking, which is why we like to use the Anticon with the sarking already on one side.
Weight lifted onto the roof in two days - 250+kgs.
So who's up for a bit of re-roofing?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hello Summer!

 Time for our steamy-hot Summer here in Oz and don't we love a trip to the beach.

But before you go, start your day with a bowl of Kellogg's Corn Flakes.


Or perhaps you are more of a Weet-Bix kid.


Or maybe coffee is more your thing.


So what are the Teens wearing at the beach? How about these swimsuits from Sea Charm. The two-piece suits have drawstrings so you can lower the waistline or go strapless. With built in bustlines,plunging backs and matching beachcoats (to avoid an embarrassing colour clash) there is something for everyone. Drip-dry and with matching belts they are on sale at all major stores throughout Australia.


Or maybe this Shoreline swimsuit in French Antron Nylon basket weave from Curzons is more your style.


Just don't forget the Ambre Solaire to keep your tan looking good.


Take a bottle of Detol for unexpected injuries.


Remember a cute chenille coverall.


Grab the Willow eskys to keep the food and drinks fresh and cool. Do you have the red or blue?


Because we must take some Heinz potato salad in a can...


 ..and a Tropical Jelpine flan.(for Brismod) Peel a can and taste the sunshine!


Got the extra roll of Kodak film to catch the fun in the sun.
 
Images from Austalian Women's day 1961-1969.

Thank goodness it's Friday!!!
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Amateur re-roofing - Part 1.

Better late than never, the roofing post I've been sitting on for a few weeks. The leak he couldn't find annoyed Mr CH enough to order new iron sheets for the Reno Cottage roof. This was a job we were hoping not to do for a year or so, however the large amount of rain we had earlier in the year has sped up the rusting of the roof.




 Roofing iron and hex screws plus some left-over sarking and anticon insulation from our house,and the fun! begins.
 The roof was originally red ,the previous owner had it tarred and sprayed as bandaid maintainence.  Someone in the past had lifted the iron, placed sarking down and replaced the old lead nails with roofing screws to prolong it's hundred + year life.
 Unscrewing everything, the most time consuming part.
 A glamorous job but someone has to do it.
 While someone sneaks a few backside pics.
 Worn out thinking!
 We only replaced the sheets on the slope, easy for us and a professional can do the rest in a few years or so. The top sheets come off first as they do.
 Above the kitchen.
 We wondered how a rat? got a mop end into the roof space?
 Surprisingly clean apart from the macadamia farm.
 One hundred years of soot and dirt blown in through the open eaves which act as a cooling system.
 Will show the rest next time. I'm off on a road trip with my parents and are leaving the family to fend for themselves, I'm sure they can get ready for school/work without me. Should be interesting, I hope they don't cope too well!
Drooling Penny dog.
Have a lovely weekend.
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