Thursday, December 19, 2013

New (temporary) driveway!


This is the car in the garage for the first time ever!!! We've lived in the new house now for eights months and the car has NEVER been in the garage because we haven't had a driveway. We need to apply for a crossover on the kerb and the concrete and framing etc will probably be close to $5000. Ouch! So since we moved in the cars have been outside. Luckily we had a whole spare block next to us to park them.


So this is what the garage was like before - the slab was about 230mm higher than the ground so impossible to get the car in.


Anyway, it really hasn't been good for the cars to be out in the sun all the time and last week during a hailstorm I bogged the car trying to get it under the back of the house. The surface out the front was also really uneven and I'd often roll my ankle if I was wearing heels or wedges. I'd had enough. I didn't have enough to do the driveway, but got eight cubic metres of crusher dust and it's been made into a "temporary" driveway. We think we might get a couple of years out of it.


So for the next few days I'll be watering my driveway...as you do. The interesting thing I find when you live on a fairly main-ish road is that everyone walking past likes to offer you advice....even if you didn't ask for it. It's mostly old people, who are always very sweet, but sometimes a bit odd. Tonight, while I was watering the driveway, an old man with a thick accent walked past and said, "Water! Much more water!" I said, "ok".

Then he walked past again about 20 minutes later...in the same direction. He must have done a loop?

"More water," he said.
"Um...ok," said I.

Then he walked past AGAIN. Totally checking up on me. This time there were no words. He looked at the hose and just nodded. I guess we understand each other.



While we've never had any cars in the garage it hasn't entirely been unused. We crammed 60 people in it for a hoedown-themed spit roast party. Probably not what the builder had intended but hey, it worked.

Am loving having the car out of the sun. And particularly loving the short, covered dash from the car to the house. Massive thanks to all those involved. xx