Removing weed trees from the property.

Over the last 2 1/2 years we have been slowly removing the introduced and unwanted growth on the property. Back in 79′ when the property was first developed Stokers was an open area of grassy plains which are still evident in many areas however over the years introduced species  have really made a mark on the landscape destroying the more natural growth which is really sad! Part of our journey is to return this property to its original condition, removing the pine and camphor laurel (huge job!) On Saturday, our friend Dennis arrived to continue the removal of these weeds from the orchid. In the last 10 years some of this growth has grown to tree like proportions, thanks for all your help Dennis! Enjoy these photos!!...

Kitchen Renovation Pt3

As you know we have been getting our kitchen reorganized and really now finishing of bits and pieces. One of our good friends asked us about the new hood and was it plumbed. The answer is yes and is fully completed, also we had our new pot rack for installation, which looks amazing. But lastly and not originally on the original reno was our new coffee machine. As some of you know we had a Delonghi, which was a fantastic machine but dated and on the day it was re-plugged in, it got sad and spat all it’s “O” rings into my cup, did a big wee all over the floor and died!!!! So after a small ceremony we have bought a new “Breville Oricale”, rated very highly by barristers and we think will service our customers and us well. All we have to do is figure out how to use it! Enjoy these...

New Kitchen Pt2

A few days ago I posted the first photos of our kitchen in progress. Here is the finished product less pot rack and stain around the cobi microwave/convection ovens. Thanks to all the trades, marble tops, equipment electrics and plumbing, all amazing people!...

The New Kitchen

It’s been some time since I posted a blog but with some good reason, ever since we moved in we have been planning and re-planning the kitchen at the Lodge. Finally after all this time all the planets lined up and after planning and blocking out time our new kitchen is finally here. The cabinet maker, electrician and stone masons have worked hard to deliver a quality product which both Tony and I are very proud of. The renovation started with ordering our appliances and organizing our trades. Tony the cabinet maker arrived and removed the first of the cupboards to make way for the new semi commercial Glem Stove then Scott our sparky rewired the area to make ready for the new cabinets and equipment. Then Tony returned to place the reworked cupboards in the center to create the full island. Then Scott returned and added power and lights to the center island and finally Joel from Dunn and Sons fitted the new stone tops and splash backs. We thought long and hard about this renovation and wanted to be respectful to the original cabinets. The end result is amazing!!!! In this first blog I have the preliminary photos then in part 2 I will post the finished product, enjoy!!...