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Monday, 21 April 2014 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel
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Finalizing the house plans
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Into town today to talk with Tom Tyler about the house. Spent over 2 hours talking about details, but we're finally getting closer. If things go right, we could be in the house by the end of November. In the meantime, we need to decide which of the extras we should take and which not. About the biggest question we have is where to put the fridges. It begs the question why we really need 3 fridges, of course, but I really can't find a way to get by with fewer.


More dogs running free
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Another attempt with allowing Niko to run free today, this time to the west side of the continuation of Kleins road. Again it went well, so well that Yvonne let Tanya free too. That went differently: they both disappeared, and by the time I found them they had almost made it to Rokewood Junction Road. Clearly we can only let one of them off the leash at a time.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel
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House: deciding on extras
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We left Tom Tyler yesterday with a promise to send him in a list of the extras that we wanted. The offer includes up to “$15,000” worth of extra stuff for a payment of $2.500. Some of it is nonsense, such as a 1.5 kW solar panel system or a 5000 litre water tank, but other stuff looks interesting, and probably we'll get well over our investment out of it. But the choices!

So we decided to go into Ballarat and look at the options for kitchens and floors. To the Carpet & Tile Gallery in Armstrong St, where we bought our carpets last year, but they were having lunch, and we just got an apprentice who couldn't answer our questions.

Then on Choices Flooring, where we at least got some information: most wooden flooring won't last long with office chairs on it, but he had some surprisingly good looking vinyl stuff which he says would do the trick. A ballpark figure is $100/m² for laid floors. That'll do for the while.

Across the road from the Choices Flooring we found a bloke specializing in leadlights, and Yvonne recalled that she wanted a front door with leadlights, so in to take a look. This bloke was—it seems—the owner and possibly only person working there, but he didn't seem very interested in selling us anything. Looks like the door would cost about $5,000 without installation. It must be possible to find something cheaper.

Then on to Advanced Cabinetry, who do mainly kitchens, and spoke to what appears to be another apprentice, who seemed singularly bored and who gave us ballpark figures of $6,000 to $8,000 for a kitchen without equipment. No brochures, no details—and, I suspect, no deal.


More bad weather
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It's been very windy lately, and it shows:


 
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That was a self-seeded Acacia, probably Acacia pycnantha, and it's probably not an issue that half of it is now gone.


Controlling Niko
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We took Niko into town with us and dropped in at Possum Pet Supplies to buy him a new harness. He's been using Tanya's (really Nemo's), and it doesn't fit him well. Hopefully this one will be better.

While walking the dogs in the evening, let Niko go just before Klein's Paddock. Bad idea: it was full of kangaroos, at least for the first few seconds. Niko set off at high speed and they dispersed in all directions, Niko following the ones that went into the lagoon. There was no point in calling him, so down to the lagoon, where I saw only a solitary young kangaroo hop by. It's amazing how they can almost completely disappear.

Once again, off with the car to look for him, and once again found nothing. But when I got back to the house, there he was. That's better than any of the other dogs have managed, but it looks like it'll be another dose of leash-only walking for a while.


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