So the plans have been studied within an inch of their life, tender amendments made and now it is back in the hands of the estimators. This should take about a week we have been told then another week for the plans to be changed. Then it is on to the contract stage.
Meanwhile back on the ranch… We have been looking at our outside colours again.
Near where we are renting is a house with a colour scheme I really, really like. I mean really, really like! I have taken photos (surreptitiously) and tried not to appear as a creepy stalker when I walk past and admire it. I have done my best to try and reconstruct it within the Wisdom standard brick range. The guy at Austral was really helpful and came up with a very close combination.
Then at the Gardener’s Ridge coffee morning one of our new neighbours and fellow member on the HomeOne forum, scoturner, told me how I could possibly find out for sure (without the potential of getting arrested…). So off to the Council Planning website I go, put in the address and bingo! up come a load of documents relating to that house. After trawling through them I found a plan with all the details I need.
Success! Thank you scoturner 🙂 . Even better it turns out that the bricks are in the standard range from PGH so we went off to pick some samples up on Saturday. The colour consultant there put them all together with samples of the Colourbond roof, gutters, downpipes, windows etc and voila, sorted! Now to decide whether we prefer the Austral or the PGH look…
So off for a day out on Sunday to celebrate and here is where the title of try, try again comes in. We decided, since the weather was to be good, to go down to Jervis Bay and do a spot of whale watching. Now we have tried this before with no luck, not once, not twice and not even thrice. So in kicks my stubbornness – I will keep going until I strike lucky. The cruise people are pretty good and if the whales are a no show you get a free ticket valid for a year to try again … each time. They were probably near issuing us with a season ticket… The booking lady did say this time for the captain to radio ahead if it was a no show so she could run away! Perseverance won out though and we finally we struck lucky with not one but three humpback whales travelling together – perfect. So I shall share the joy with some of the photos I took.
Last time we saw whales was when we went walking at Terrigal with williewombat. There we could see the splashes as they breached but they were too far out for the naked eye to see. Talking of wombats…
As we drove back through Kangaroo Valley we spotted a wombat crossing the Hampden Bridge. Luckily a switched on driver slowly followed him so he could cross safely.