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Today all of the furniture, cats and us moved.  It was a pretty traumatic day for the cats.  Imagine one minute you are gathered up and placed in a small cramped bathroom, while in there you hear strange voices and lots of loud noises.  It seems liek hours, it actually is hours as your owners travel with the nice furniture removal men and place all the furniture in your new home.

Finally you are released from the bathroom and where the “…” is all the furniture?  The cats were not happy as they slunk around the walls and tried to hide under and behind anything they could find.

The next part of the trip was gaining the trust of the cats again and then bundling them up into their carry baskets and a couple of temporary cardboard carriers from the vets.  Those cardboard ones are great, the hole that Stinker chewed in hers on the car trip was actually large enough for her to get out, it was only fear that kept her inside the box.

So the moving day finished with exhausted owners and four forelorn cats refusing to exit from the safety of there cat boxes.

Moving home is not fun.

Washing Machine

You guessed it, it is not working.  Peter went to use it today and rang me at wokr to tell me it also had died.

Warm Fridge

Now it seems the fridge has decided to stop working.  We have tried a number of things but the fridge is dead and the freezer is working as a fridge!

Dead Ceiling Fan

Why does a fan that has never really been used decide to die?


Sometimes we just have too much wildlife at the new house.  Yes it is lovely to watch the multitudes of butterflies that are attracted to our house and of course all the lovely, if quite brazen birds, but there are things that are not nice such as …

  1. Bats in the ceiling and occasionally the dead bats on the floor.
  2. Frogs that make it inside but then can’t find their way out.
  3. A bird that ran into the house and did not survive.
  4. Cane borer weevils that are eating our palms.
  5. The large paper wasp nest overhanging the public footpath.
  6. White ants currently living and eating under our house

The pest man is due next Thursday, which can not come soon enough.

Two weeks to go

Yes only two weeks and we will be watching TV in our new home.

Today I had an RDO and we went and did more work on and around the house.  I sat in the rain moving river rocks today, we also planted two of our pot plants into the garden.  We actually have a number of plants that have lived with us for 10 years that may find themselves in the ground.  The weather is so lovely if a little windy at the moment because of the cyclone that is moving towards the coast, further south.  No fans needed in the new house and the floor is always cool to almost cold to walk on, it is lovely.

Some highlights for the week so far include the car getting a service on Tuesday in Cairns and the husband taking possession of a mobile phone, which is needed while he is organising house things.

Oh yes and before I forget – “hi mum” *waves* how are things? *looks over towards the phone*

A bloody cyclone!

What I don’t like to come home to after a day of digging around in the garden is news that a cyclone could arrive here by Wednesday. I am now a home owner and I don’t want my home to ever meet a cyclone.

My husband just sent me an image he found and now I am very unhappy because of the latitude of cyclone Ului and that she is also seems to have a friend called Tomas. I guess this explains the giant surf and the crazy winds for the past two days.

Click on the image to see more, image is from the US Naval Oceanography Portal.

Banana trees to be executed by lethal injection

Yesterday Peter found a business card and brochure at the new house from a banana inspector. He rang the gentleman today and spoke to him and it seems the banana trees we inherited with the house are to be killed :(.

Their execution date will be scheduled some time next week.

When we bought the place I commented that I did not think the trees were allowed.  The banana industry is a very big industry here and it is important for them to carefully monitor the various diseases that bananas can get.  The trees in our yard have a banana leaf disease called yellow sigatoka.  The most feared disease for banana trees here is black sigatoka, which is one of the reasons why the region is against the importing of bananas from overseas.

Other exciting diseases that a banana tree can get are:

  • Panama disease
  • Bunchy top disease
  • Banana skipper butterfly
  • Blood disease and Moko
  • Eumusae leaf spot
  • Freckle, Cavendish strain
  • Bract mosaic disease

… and of course Bananarama where the trees are found to sing the singles Cruel Summer, King of the Jungle, The Wild Life and Rough Justice.

Note a tree suffering from Bananarama have not managed to learn any of the hit songs such as Venus and Rober De Niro’s Waiting.

Husband seen lawnmowing

Stop the press … yes I have actual photographic proof that my husband was found to mowing a lawn.  This incredible event took place on Wednesday evening.  I may post photos!

How much can a ladder cost?

I got the day off work today and we went shopping.  It was a pretty miserable sort of day if you are someone who does not like rain, but as I like rain I though the day was great.

Highlights of the day
  • The potato scallops from the service station at Silkwood, they were very yummy and gave me a much needed potato boost.
  • Buying the ladder or steps as my husband likes to call them.  Our lovely new ladder, which will be going on the contents insurance, cost $819.01. I know that is expensive but if you want a good piece of equipment that will last a very, very long time, reach 4.61m heigh ceilings and not kill your husband you need to pay quite a bit more than normal.
  • Visiting the Asian furniture stores and getting loads of ideas for the house – Chinese red and black lacquer furniture, giant carved Indonesian day beds and Indian stone carvings
  • Buying a large pack of paneer cubes  from the Asian supermarket.  We love this supermarket.
  • Discovering that kitchen door handles seem cheap if you want to buy one or to at $8 but if you need to buy 26 of them at that price it is scary.
  • Learning to love hardware stores.
  • Buying much needed hair products.  Lisa is currently styled by the PPS and Tigi range of products.
  • Having more potatoes on the way home in the form of chips from Babinda.