Well we finally have plans that we can call finished – at least to the point where we could put them in to council for our building consent. Except that we’ve got to go back to our various providers for new quotes on the finished specs. Nick took the plans into Placemakers last week and apparently they apologised for the expected delay of 12 days. Frankly if they can do it in 12 days I’ll be impressed – some quotes last time round took 3 months. Once we’ve got all the quotes together we’ll know whether we can afford to go ahead and we’ll apply for the consent.
Nick’s arranged for a real estate agent to pop around this evening although I think that its a bit early as we could not move until the shed/workshop’s built anyway and we’re still waiting on a quote for doing it in block (so it will fit in better with the house). We’ve got several quotes for kitset type barns but Nick would prefer block – and block will cut the sound better too. That also will have to wait on a building consent so its a wee way away.
We’re also waiting to hear (any day now) of our latest addition to the Hindin family as Abs is due to give birth any day now. Actually the baby will be baby Nikau as that is Kate and Abs’ joint family name.
I have finished my corset and it looks pretty fab, and I’ve made my slashy sleeves with 120 aglets which look very very cool. I still have heaps of aglets left. I have cut out the bodice for my green silk gown but I need to buy the velvet ribbon before I can begin making it up.
On the farm front our biggest coo is due to meet the home-kill man in a couple of weeks – a first for us. We’ve had to forgo getting the hide tanned as its an involved and expensive process that we cannot currently afford – certainly later we’d like to do this but it will have to wait.
Finally, today is ME awareness day and I can report that I am very aware. I’m back at the gym after a couple of weeks off and tonight I’m getting some new programmes which hopefully will get me back on track. I have had some very up and down (mostly down) weeks but a new publishing schedule at work might help that. Also Nick and I have booked a week in Queenstown with our airpoints – late July – so that is something to look forward to. We had hoped to take a holiday in Port Douglas, (Aus) but you couldn’t use air dollars for the flights + accommodation so it wasn’t going to work out as our main goal was to use the $700 worth that was about to expire.