Custom Merbau Pergola

Tropical Pergola in Western Sydney, Stonecutters Ridge
Hey, it’s us. We’re still here, albeit with a lot going on. Here’s a peek into some of the progress we’ve made since we last provided an update.

One of the upgrades we sprung for when building our Liberty 42 with Metricon was french doors off the side of the home to take advantage of the extra room we have on the side of our home. The Liberty is a relatively narrow home design, which lent itself to the splayed 650sqm block we purchased at Stonecutters Ridge. With a northerly aspect, this area of the home gets a bit of sun throughout the year – a blessing on most days, though on the hot side during a scorching Aussie summer.

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Stonecutters Ridge – Stage 3&4 Registered and Open

The community was buzzing yesterday – construction equipment was flying up and down the road, the paving machines were out, and landscapers seemed to be furiously hacking back the plants growing in the median on our street. What was going on? We’ve grown accustomed to the construction traffic out front, but today it seemed like it had all been kicked up a notch.

The fence came down.

We no longer live at the end of the road. The fence, which separated Stages 3 & 4 from the rest of Stonecutters Ridge, officially came down as of 4pm yesterday. Our road, which was once a poorly constructed round-a-bout, is now the lifeline to the soon-to-open Stonecutters Ridge clubhouse, and countless new homesites that will quickly become cherished family homes.

It’s fun to see the community grow. Walking around the newest area of the neighbourhood last night, you could already sense the changes that are on the horizon. The vibe, the community, the neighbourhood – it’s all changing. For the better. For those of you that will soon see your new home rise from the ground, congratulations – it’s all starting to happen!

Spring has sprung

Our backyard in spring.Bryce’s arrival in early October was perfect timing. Gone were the cold nights and frosty mornings – we were opening up the windows and bi-folds to enjoy the warmer temperatures and cool breezes. So was our garden.

This winter was, by all accounts, an unusually cold winter. Our neighbour counted 21 frosty mornings this year (at one point 5 consecutive days!), compared to 6 the year prior. While cozy when sitting by the fire, it’s not ideal for the garden. But with that said, our plants did surprisingly well considering the requirements for a tropical garden. The casualties can be counted on just one hand.

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Showdown

Staring me down

She won. It wasn’t even close.

It was feeding time at the Taronga Zoo, and the pride was very active – coming right up to the glass and staring us down. Could they see us? I’m not sure, but it sure as hell made me feel uncomfortable. Visit my photography website to see more photos from our trip to the zoo.

Full moon over Sydney

MoonriseThe moon was quite spectacular recently, rising slowly through the trees at Stonecutters Ridge.