Monday, 25 June 2012

Changing landscape

"Landscaping" is rather a grand term for tidying up the back yard of a suburban section, but whatever it's called, we're in the middle of it. A wide concrete path now runs from the garage back door along the side of the section to the washing line and vege garden. The gardens themselves will be boosted with 3 large raised garden beds to be placed in their permanent homes this week, and then a garden shed will be constructed against the back fence.

The shed won't hold garden stuff to begin with, though. Its first role will be as storage for stuff from the garage and kitchen, so Fletchers EQR teams can replace cracked kitchen floor tiles and repair (somehow) a crack in the garage floor. Once that's done, it will be spring, and we'll have had a month of cooking with a microwave and a barbecue, so we'll be well and truly ready to use the garden.

Piles mark the location of the shed.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Sorting out heating

As winter settles in, we are noticing a large disparity in warmth between the living-dining-kitchen area and the bedroom end of the house. On Saturday we fitted a panel heater in the hall, to see if we can raise the ambient temperature in the bedrooms. I have my doubts, as the heater is only a 400W model, designed for background heat, but it wasn't expensive so we may as well give it a try.
A 400W panel heater; we hope this will take the chill off the bedroom end of the house.
Some more serious ways we're considering to improve the heating are (a) replace the draughty old ceiling downlights with modern ones that will give more light and can be properly insulated, (b) a heat transfer duct system from the living room to the hall, (c) double glazing, or (d) a second heat pump for the bedroom area. I favour replacing the lights, as we'll save a lot of heat from escaping and get brighter lighting; two wins for one investment.

The other big development this week is that the service alley behind the garage is being concreted. The boxing and gravel base were done in the rain on Thursday, but Friday was too wet for pouring the concrete; they'll come back and finish that in the next few days. Then we'll be able to get to the washing line and garden without scrunching through deep gravel.

Thursday, 7 June 2012


Big snow, followed by a day off work. More photos at my Flickr site.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Checking in

As predicted, it's been a while between posts. Work is a never ending stream of staff management problems, and in spite of her heroic (and largely unpaid) efforts, our job coordinator can't keep up. Next semester her job should become manageable, once our automated Echo360 system is installed. In the meantime we'll try to keep running an AV department, under weird circumstances.