On Friday we had a site visit with our builder’s Project Manager (well he will be if we go ahead wit the contract) and it all went very well. We walked through the back of the block and agreed on what areas of the back yard we needed to keep clear for access to storm water and sewerage and where we could put the security fence and all the gardening materials that we are going to salvage. He had no issues with us coming on site to access our stuff, and encouraged us to come and site and check out the building progress. We do need to move all those stones (argh!) and the water tank, but at least we know where to put to them now. Interestingly, we asked him about the tree root protection and he said he could see no obvious reason why we would need it, so was going to follow it up for us. So at this point things are looking up, although do we have quite a few other issues still outstanding.
We have also discovered the Freecycle Network. Its a place where you can give away and get stuff for free. There are no fees, its completely grass roots and non-profit and everything is free. I have already given loads of stuff to the Op Shop, but didn’t know what to do with 2 potted palms that we have, which really don’t fit with the rest of our garden. I’d read about freecycle in one of the local weekly papers and thought I’d check it out. I posted the palms last night and by this morning I had a taker, so much better that just throwing them out.