Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Home Sweet Home

We arrived home from our five week adventure in Nepal and India this week.

In Nepal, we enjoyed the ancient architecture and fascinating temples of Kathmandu before heading into the mountains for a three week trek through the Annapurna and Mustang regions. In India, we explored the maze of bazaars, palaces and forts in the old cities of Delhi and Jaipur and stopped in Agra to see the quintessential Indian landmark - the Taj Mahal.

At the summit of the Annapurna Circuit, Thorong La Pass, 5416 m
Other than the unseasonal heavy fogs that plagued for the last two weeks - leading to canceled flights, delayed flights, delayed trains, an unplanned three day bus trip and almost not being able to "see" the Taj Mahal - it was a fantastic trip.

I am hoping to post all of the details of our trip but it is going to take some time for me to sort through the 4000 photographs we managed to take!

It was simply fantastic to arrive home to our "new" home and see all of our hard work with fresh eyes. Hopefully it will provide us with the motivation to finish quickly!


Sunday, November 27, 2011


It has been two years since since our little girl Jersey joined the family.
At the time we had no intentions of getting a second dog - let alone a 9 month old with bad manners! But when we met her some how we knew she was meant to be ours.

Jersey is one part wild-crazy and one part sugar-sweet but her antics are always good for bringing a smile to your face.

Post surgery to repair a broken pelvis -
she had to learn the hard way that she couldn't fly

Scoping out the buffalo

In the Yukon

Snoozing after a long day on the trail
Poor sick Jersey!
Too bad she can't connect the horrible upset stomach with eating a full meatloaf the day before!

Crazy girl


Sleeping in the flowers


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sorry Dave...

...but I have found a new contractor for our next renovation - Tiek Built Homes. I love the attention to detail and the tranditional quality of their work.

Too bad they are located in Utah.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

♥ List

I am loving... paddles

Blog Cabin
Better Homes and Garden

House of Turquoise


Saturday, November 12, 2011

From Denmark with Love

As a surprise for David I ordered a handmade enamelled house number from Ram Sign in Denmark.

I wonder if the postman will approve?


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

One Year Later: Exterior




Still outstanding:
  • Paint windows
  • Complete fascia trim
  • Complete shingles on decorative roofs
  • Caulking
  • Install bricks on front step
  • Landscaping

Sunday, November 6, 2011

One Year Later: Living Room & Dining Room


Still outstanding:
  • fireplace mantel
  • install base board and crown moulding
  • paint the windows
  • paint trim
  • touch-up paint
  • return air vent covers need to be stripped, refinished and installed

Thursday, November 3, 2011

One Year Later: Entry & Main Hallway


Still outstanding:
  • hardware needs to be installed on the doors
  • paint the window
  • base boards and crown moulding on the main floor
  • touch-up paint
  • return air vent cover needs to be stripped, refinished and installed
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