This summer marked our 2 years of living in Kandos. The heat was relentless. We hid inside for days, covering every window crevice with dark fabric. I even bought an air conditioner. We swam at the local pool, weir, dams (with snakes) and fled to the coast when we could. It was tough and I’m glad that autumn is now here.

Swimming spots like this one keep us sane

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I’d like to say my garden is looking more established, but to be honest it looks like it’s barely changed. I’ve made a tiny dent but as soon as I turn my back, the leathery grass takes over. It is an ongoing war but I am determined to win.

The side yard with the veggie boxes and pear trees offers lovely shade

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I’ve gone for a cottage garden look around the front. Wonder if the frost will kill it?

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The roses along the front have miraculously managed to flower through summer

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We’ve had endless tomatoes, rhubarb, celery, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce and now eggplant

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The animals have thankfully managed to survive the heat. I set up a bath for the chickens which they seemed to like (although it’s very hard to tell what chooks are thinking).

Penny spends the heat of the day inside the studio with Leo

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Misty does whatever she wants

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The most exciting news is that the rest of our house is now underway. This was always our plan but as plans often do, it went its own way. It’s early days but we’ve waited a long time for this. It’s going to make a big difference especially with our long legged boys getting more long legged by the day.

The frame is finally up

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Our future back door

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It feels nice to be moving along again. We moved here for a few reasons and being able to have a lovely home with a garden and animals was one of them. I value this every day.

Our little rough diamond, with her wonky front fence, is coming to life.

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