Spring is here and don’t you just love it! I am a ‘warm weather’ girl, and I just love this time of year. I’ve certainly got a spring in my step the past few weeks and resumed regular early morning walks along the beach front…. AND we are swimming in our gorgeous pool with the solar heating set at a beaut 30 degrees(!) it is fantastic ☺☺
Now as much as I love this warmer weather there are a few annoying things that come with it and one of those is flies. We are lucky living so close to the ocean as they tend not to like the strong/salt rich winds here but they are around at times. In our old home we had mesh security screens throughout and most of the windows and doors were left open so we could make the most of the breeze and fresh air and be secure at night or when out n about. Now, we planned this house to get good cross airflow, and have installed louvred windows in quiet a few areas to assist in that aim. All these windows have flyscreens which will be replaced with security screens soon so the house can be left open even when we are not at home and at night. The problem area for us has been the beautiful big Jason commercial sliding doors on the living area downstairs and upstairs and on our bedroom. They do not have a track for flyscreens so installing security screens (and/or flyscreens) has proven a slight problem. We have managed to find a company that can install flyscreens which also look nice to these areas so we have decided to go down this route as the flies are our main concern in summer time. If this all works out I will pop some more info on my blog. Its a bit of a ‘watch it’ for anyone building…..yep the commercial frames are solid and great, BUT you can’t (easily) have flyscreens or security screens fitted.
On the brighter side (pun intended!) our 8kW of solar panels are working very well and producing heaps of energy. Even with a crappy feed in tariff it makes ‘$’ sense medium term. The pool solar heating is also doing it’s job very well and we have been able to start comfortable swimming much earlier in the season than normal – and by this I don’t mean with chattering teeth and goose-pimples! I also purchased some ‘good’ solar lights from Bunnings this week to trial in the garden – so far so good. Will see if they are durable…there’s so much cheap crap about that lasts..not long.
The garden is growing beautifully and we are seeing lots of spring flowering and birds starting to come into the garden which we are thrilled about. I have a bit of a thing about bird baths (we had 5 in our last garden!) and it was my intention to just have the 1 here but I found this gorgeous stone bowl and thought it would make a lovely birdbath (my better half rolling his eyes lol) – what do you think?
The veggie patch and vertical garden are still growing well and I am thoroughly enjoying having fresh herbs back on the menu.
We are enjoying being able to sit back enjoy and relax into our new place, and mojitos are about to be made using mint from the vertical garden – don’t you just love being able to grow your own goodies?
I am looking forward to reading about my fellow bloggers enjoying their new homes soon.