Well, the crazy weather in the Northern Hemisphere with the Polar Vortex and major floods in the UK has been matched in a very small way by the crazy weather we've been having in Adelaide lately. This week, Adelaide set a new record for the most number of days over 40C (and our hottest month is traditionally March, so that bodes well...), but the very next day we had the largest rainfall in a single day for the past 45 years. It set some sort of record in general for February, and caused widespread flooding.
Coming on top of the crazy wind storm/ tornado type thing the previous week that felled trees all over the city and cut off power for up to 3 days to some homes (60,000 homes had power cuts), I think we've had our fair share of strange weather events.
rising water over the floor...
At the AV house, we experienced a bit of minor flooding - the walls of our cellar were weeping water as the ground was so wet. This has never happened before in the 3 years of living here, the cellar has always been bone dry. Mr AV's home office was also nearly flooded as a result of the brand new sump pump, which had been hastily installed by the plumber, failing and needing to be replaced. Coupled with a few deluges from blocked gutters (due to the wind storm the previous week), there was a reasonable amount of drama here on Thursday. Fortunately things are drying out, and we've suffered no significant long term damage. I spent a bit of time on Saturday throwing soggy cardboard boxes that had contained wine out, and drying out a small patch of new carpet that was fairly sodden (thank God, again, that our carpet is charcoal coloured).
Aside from that it's been blissfully quiet here this week. We are waiting for a few orders to come through, plus with the heat and rain other things outside were put on hold. A few builders would come and go fairly briefly each day, but I largely had the house to myself.
The new mirror splashback was installed in the laundry, it reflects a lot of light around, and reflects the butterfly wallpaper opposite it, and I'm really pleased with it. I spent a bit of time organising the cupboards and am finally sorted in there.
The plumber came and installed the washer/ dryer. One of the washing machines is an 8KG washing machine, and the other is a washer/dryer combo. I rarely use the dryer, so having two washing machines was of more use to me, and the dryer will just be used to finish off towels and in emergencies. I just need to get the ceiling mounted laundry airer up this week, and it's all finished.
hard to get a decent picture of it due to the angle
The new door to the cellar was installed. The original timber door had been taken off years ago and was rotting in the old stairwell, so the replacement door is an aluminium framed glass door with vents at the base (for good cross ventilation in the cellar to stop rot). It also has a lock on it. This is forward thinking for when the children are older....
during the flood
Mr AV's home office had the light well lined in mirror, and will have the trellis put up over it sometime this week hopefully (screwed to the timber battens you can see between mirrored panels). It reflects a lot more light into the room with the lid off it (to stop people from falling in until we put a proper grate over it), and it doesn't actually feel like an underground room. Here it is with the minor flooding problem going on and lid on.
Outside, we've been staring fairly morosely at the mess in the back garden. Hopefully this will get a site clean up this week, and then I'll have to tackle weeding the garden beds, whipper snippering the remaining lawn and pruning the hedges. It's all a bit feral at the moment.
Aside from the mess on the home front, we've had a social week with a few meals out. Wednesday night saw us out celebrating a friend's birthday at Singapore House. I haven't been since it opened around 4 years ago (no idea why not, the food is great), and it was buzzing mid week.
both images via
Saturday night saw us out at a Charity dinner with friends at a private house, which was great fun, and then today we went for Yum Cha at Citi Zen with my family. The Yum Cha there is really good, and after stuffing ourselves we walked it off in the nearby Veale Gardens in the South Parklands. Lots of Roses to look at, and waterfalls to keep the children away from.
I wore this dress which fortunately has enough stretch to be forgiving of my expanded waistline after lunch. I might do a blog post about it mid week, as it was a good buy.
Hope you had a happy week, and I'll leave you with a virtual Pimms.
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