Australian Storms

Australian Storm

I’ve lived in many different places over my years – San Diego, San Francisco, Flagstaff, Barcelona, Sydney…but I have to admit: Australia has some of the coolest weather on the planet. 

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A Chocolate Room

The Chocolate Room

When building a new house, or redecorating an older one, a lot of thought goes into what you want it to look like, what “theme” you’re going for, and what colours you’ll use. You often incorporate styles and objects that are near and dear to you as well. Apparently a few artists in Lithuania love their chocolate, because that’s exactly what they did.

You guessed it. Seven artists, armed with 300 kg of chocolate, have built a room made entirely of Chocolate. Currently on display, the room features all the normal decorative items you’d find in a dining room. The only difference? They’re made of chocolate. White, dark, milk – you name it, they’ve used it.

While  shoppers are being treated to this interesting spectacle of sweets – at least, visually –  they will have to wait until next month to taste a piece of the walls and decor. You can read more (and see more photos) here on the SMH website.

Jamison Valley and the Blue Mountains

Jamison Valley and the Blue Mountains

It’s hard to believe that Katoomba, and the Blue Mountains can change so much from one season to another. Just recently, we took my family up to Katoomba, Leura, and the surrounding area on their visit to Australia. It was our first summer visit to the area, and what a change from our previous visit, during the fall.

The weather allowed for great bush walking around the rim of the Jamison Valley, where it seemed every 20 meters there was a new and spectacular view to be found. Of course, I brought my camera along – why wouldn’t I? I may have kept the family waiting from time to time but frankly, I think it was worth it.

Home Improvement Associated Costs

Do it YourselfIt’s a common occurrence for us these days – each weekend Megan and I find ourselves out in the yard, doing much of what could be done by a professional landscaper. But we’re out to save money, and why wouldn’t we? We’re young, fit (somewhat), and after countless hours of research, figure we can do the job ourselves. The attitude we have towards our landscaping should (and likely will) translate across to many home improvement projects in the future. In many of these cases, it will likely be a waste to hire a contractor for simple home improvements that we will be able to do ourself. It’s this area of DIY of home improvement that gets confused with full scale owner builder construction and, sometimes, these projects tend to blow out – requiring a lot of money, which has either been put away for a rainy day, or forces you to borrow to finish the job.  Really, the difference between a home improvement project and a full owner builder construction or rehab project is simply a matter of scale. However, this difference in scale will translate to major differences in the loans available.

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