Add to the nasty cold temperatures some horrible gale-force winds and you can imagine that two hot-weather-ducks are NOT happy. About the only plus that we've come up with (besides a really good excuse to dag around in jeans, pullover and ugg boots!) is that the horrible winds are preventing small planes from doing to much taking off and landing. Air noise isn't usually a concern for us, but there was a classic air event planned for today and that always brings out the Snoopy in me ...
Curse you, Red Baron!! Tee! Hee! Hee!
GB and I have made ONE foray out into the cold, though. We bundled up and set out on a special mission. Do you remember almost 12 months ago, I told you we were renovating our dining room?
We covered up these weatherboards (our dining room was once upon a time a covered verandah thingy housing the outdoor loo ... happy to say there's indoor plumbing these days!!) and we painted. Then things went on hold while we saved our pennies to have new vinyl laid ... THAT was a drama and a half!! I haven't shared any pics of that, as we had been trying to get the flooring company to replace faulty vinyl ... with no success to date ... GRRR! Don't you hate it when you pay 'professionals' to do a job and it's shoddy?! If you're buying vinyl or carpet in Toowoomba, ask me which business to AVOID!!! But ... moving on ... I shared with you pics when we refurbished our 'new' dining table ...
... from this to rescued beauty ...
... to this ravishing refurbishment. Aaaaaahhh! And ...Aargh!! You can see the old dining room vinyl there ... I'd forgotten how dark it looked. So we had a lovely French-style dining table ... but no chairs. Here, I have to confess that when it comes to dining, GB and I are of the non-conformist, bohemian school of dining ... ie. we're lazy slugs who eat in the lounge room, balancing our plates on our knees! :0) We really only use the table when we have guests ... or my Mum and Dad are here. ;0) But ... I had a plan ... and after squirreling away some Christmas and birthday money, I put in an order for some chairs ... which after much anticipation, came home yesterday ... wanna see???
Ta Da! One French-inspired chair! Can I say, these chairs weren't overly expensive, were made locally AND ... they're really comfy to sit on! The stain on the seat and back are a very close match to the table top, which is great and they're good and sturdy. We've been using fold-up director's chairs as dining chairs for years after our 'proper' dining chairs fell apart due to their bad design not surviving the normal wear and tear of use. Do you see that lovely fresh black and white checker board vinyl? We're loving the look and the way it works with the room ... shame about a couple of flaws that the company won't acknowledge or do anything about AND the damage done to the freshly painted walls during the installation ... GRRRR!!
Two new chairs gracing the dining room. I love how they look. We only ordered two at this point due to budgetary constraints and being uncertain whether four chairs would make our small walk-through dining room too cluttered ... they are a standard item for the company where I had them made, so we can always get more in the future, but ... I'm still considering the possibilities. I'm thinking I might stick with the two and add something like this ...
I'm thinking I'll get two or four of these, paint them white and have them folded up on hand for extra seating ... or to just look pretty! :0)
The dining room isn't completely finished yet ... there still needs to be some skirting board put in place (that's been on hold while we see if the flooring company would fix the problems they left us with ... GRRR!) and I'm still on the look out for nice wall art ... I'm sticking with black and white to match the flooring, maybe with a pop of red, as red is the accent colour in the lounge room and kitchen that adjoins the dining room and carrying through a bit of a French theme. I'm also thinking of a cafe curtain/drape/swag to soften the look of the timber blind on the window ... I have something in mind for that, just have to wait til it's available, but I promise to share. I LOVE to decorate and make our house a welcoming, cosy space to hang out and relax ... if only I didn't have champagne tastes on a mineral water budget! Tee! Hee! Hee!
So ... that's about all that's happening for us here at the 'fridge on the ridge' as Toowoomba gets called. It's climbed to a massive 13 degrees here now ... SHEESH! I am NOT looking forward to winter really arriving, if this is what autumn is like!!! Hope you're all enjoying your weekend ... OPAMers ... Sweet Peg and I have done our blog hopping, but you still have a day to email finishes through to one of us to go on the spreadsheet before Sweet Peg does the prize draw ... remember to always check in with BOTH of us, as we take turn about ... and check back over past winner announcements, cos there's a few gals who haven't emailed snail mail addresses to have their prizes sent.
OK ... I'm off to have a mug of something yummy and warm to fortify me for a trip outside to hang the washing ... BRRRR!! Mind you ... with the gale force winds, I may be picking up my sheets and towels in Brisbane ... Toni ... keep an eye out! Tee! Hee! Hee! Then, I think I'm curling up in front of the heater with some stitching and a DVD ... hmmm ... Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Death In Paradise, Midsomer Murders ... so many favourites to choose from! :0) Til next time ...
(Aaaah ... the fun you can have with Photoshop effects! :0) )
BRRRRRR BEAR HUGS!