The Rainbow Lorikeet

Inquisitive Lorikeet

It’s pretty spectacular when you think about it. Coming from America, we had unimpressive birdlife – seagulls, pigeons, and the occasional hawk. When I first arrived in Australia three years ago, I was blown away by the types of birds that were common place here. Even today, I have friends and family that constantly ask if Lorikeets, Cockatoos, Rosellas, etc. are pets.

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Two weeks in to our build process – What’s happening?

Wall tilingIt has been two calendar weeks into our build process, since Metricon broke ground on our lot. Compared to all the hoopla around the site start, and how quickly our slab went down, this week was relatively quiet. Electricity conduits were laid, and drainage was dug. Other than that, not much has happened. No bother – the slab needs time to cure.

Today we had our official appointment with DiLorenzo. While we’ve been there numerous times before, this was the first time we had a chance to speak with an interior decorator who ran through our list of tiles, carpets,  etc. and gave us her professional opinion. Turns out – we did alright.

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San Francisco Streetcar

San Francisco Streetcar

A restored San Francisco street car in front of the Ferry Building at the end of Market St. This streetcar is painted to honor Cincinnati, which ran PCC streetcars from 1939 to 1951. Cincinnati was exceptional in requiring two overhead wires for streetcars, one to supply electrical power, the other to provide a ground and complete the circuit.

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A bushfire-proof house?

Bushfire proof houseSounds too good to be true? Think again.

After recently struggling to get our house passed through council in compliance with the strict guidelines for building in bushfire prone land, the following story caught my eye on the Sydney Morning Herald website. (Ok, admittedly it was a picture of things on fire, and I’m male…) It documents a flame/heat test on a home made almost entirely of metal, and seems to have passed with little more than a few singed hairs. Ok, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but if you were caught inside, there’s a good chance you would have survived…

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Landscaping: More motivation (Like I needed it)

Binet backyardAs I wrote about previously, we’ve had a number of influences on our decision to go with a tropical, resort style yard for the new house.

Beyond our many trips to Hawai’i, and love of Balinese style architecture, there was yet another point of inspiration that we came across when Megan and I first started our search for the perfect home. This inspiration came from a property that the luxury home builder Binet Homes built in the Castle Hill suburb, Northwest of Sydney.

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