Back in November of last year we bought our first house in the quaint little beach side suburb of New Brighton. Without going into too much detail the interior colour scheme is a headache inducing orange and purple with bright green and yellow featuring heavily in the kitchen and bathroom. Only selected rooms are insulated and the toilet has a hand painted mural of rushes and dragonflies to give you that "getting in touch with nature" feel whenever you need to relieve yourself. The location is amazing though and we were keen to get stuck into renovating as soon as we moved in. After doing some not so exciting but necessary repairs to the laundry we got sidetracked by the old garden shed in the back yard. It was a mess of make shift work benches and rotting framework when J started clearing it out with grand plans to put a bar in.
It's not that I doubted him but I was still pleasantly surprised with the final result. We used scraps of salvaged ply to line the walls and made the bar top and table out of recycled macrocarpa from a earthquake demolished house. The wine rack was made from a pallet and the classic beer ads came courtesy of my parent's garage. My favourite feature is the old Fairy Down Sleeping Bag we found when cleaning out my Great Aunt's house. We can't date it exactly but going by old advertisements it's probably 50 years old and made by the same company that provided a bag for Ed Hillary's summit of Everest. Kmart provided the bar stools but only because we were out of free stuff to turn into furniture.
Being the only finished room in the house now we have already spent a few poor weather weekends planning our next tramp and preparing for our TMC in October over the odd whiskey. That's our other big news right now, we have signed up for a ten day mountaineering course with Adventure Consultants to get the skills we need to climb higher and more technical mountains. the unfortunate reality of working full time in the city is we need to learn as much as we can as fast as we can so we can make the most of every long weekend we can squeeze out of the year. The other not so unfortunate side effect is getting to upgrade a few bits of our gear including new mountaineering boots. Although going back to my tramping boots after wearing the Scarpa Cumbres feels like putting on slippers now, I'm looking forward to having warm feet above the snow line!
Rachael and Jeremy