Last week was a bit of a hellish week really for all our family. What with sick children, packing up house, moving house, builders moving in, taking sick child to emergency (not a great place to be on a Friday night - who knew so many bones got broken from play fights!), unpacking into rental house, repacking because half our stuff doesn't fit, trying to cheer up homesick husband struggling with work issues, etc etc. Oh well, what can you do - just get on with it really. We did have a lovely outing on Sunday taking Charlie, 4, to see Mary Poppins. He came home and declared "Mummy, I want to be on the stage", which came as no surprise, he's a born performer.
But I am thrilled to report that our renovation has finally begun. The boys started demolishing the buildings and structures in the back garden last week. We thought they would come in with a bulldozer and knock it all down to rubble in a day, but instead they have been slowly and carefully dismantling it all piece by piece. This seems to be a very slow and painstaking process to us, but apparently the reason is that the tip fees are reduced by separating all the materials into recyclable, reusable, timber, brick, metal etc. There have been countless truckloads taken already.
As a reminder, here's what it looked like before.....this is where the pool will end up.
This is the games room and my current laundry. This will all be demolished for garden and lawn.
There is something immensely satisfying about watching things be demolished and reduced to rubble. Particularly when they have been the bane of your life for over a year and you've been waiting for the day to see them gone.
The boys are hopefully moving into the house this week to start ripping things apart inside, as we have moved out and made the way clear for them to get on with the job. The pool man is gearing up to start digging the hole. Must put the kitchen on Ebay and hopefully get a few bucks for that.