27 September 2008

A chippie off the old block

Last month, when Tara's family came for our regularly monthly saturday morning breakfast, Yustan came prepared to putty up our cracked ceiling. (This "crack" occurred when our insulation was laid in the roof...but that's another story..one that always makes us smile!). Anyway, Yustan is a builder by trade, and it looks like Freyr may want to take after his daddy.. here are the pics to show why.
I know, I know...he's sooo cute right?

Patio update

We have been making progress... our new concrete patio has been laid, and we are currently getting final quotes for the roof. Actually it was finished about 3 weeks ago, we have enjoyed several breakfasts out there already.We hope construction of the roof will be completed by the end of October, fingers crossed council approval will not take too long.
This is the yard all levelled ready for the slab to go down, but we had to add about 60 inches of height to the ground first.
The slab is boxed out, and gravel added for foundation and height
The "Reo" (reinforcing wire thingy) is in place ready for the concrete to be poured
The truck arrives and the pump is put in place (over the top of the garage)
pouring begins
levelling as they go
our fresh new patio slab is in place
I'm pretty sure you could land a small aircraft on it
Whitney tries it out

26 September 2008

Whitney's licence...

Just a few short weeks after coming home, Whitney got her learners licence. She got the book, and studied alot, took lots of practice tests online. And nagged us to take her to get it. She passed with flying colours!! Clever girl. Now she has to wait until she's 17 for her actual driving licence, but in the meantime she'll have fun racking up her 100 hours prerequisite driving!!!

Hong Kong lights

I've got a lot of catching up to do. Our second to final night in Hong Kong was spent celebrating Whitney's 16th Birthday at a wonderful restaurant called R66. A revolving restaurant that takes 66 minutes to go around once. We all enjoyed a fantastic buffet with every kind of food available, the biggest hit of the night was the chocolate fountain...mmmm! They even had the entertainment come to our table and sing happy birthday to Whitney. A wonderful night for everyone. Our final night saw us on the harbour on our way to the airport, we had to see the famous Hong Kong light show. As usual the photos don't do it justice, it was spectacular!
The round thing on the top of building in background is the revolving restaurant we went to for Whitney's 16th birthday the night before.
See the criss-cross on the middle building? That was constantly changing, as were all the colours on all the different buildings.
Looking back from our ferry to the Hong Kong harbour light show