Satisfaction: Weekly Photo Challenge

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This week’s prompt ‘Satisfaction’ had me thinking. What satisfies me. Certainly food satisfies my appetite. Is it a lasting satisfaction however. How many meals can I remember in great detail because of the amount of satisfaction they gave me at the time. I could probably recount them using one hand, two at the most.

The more I thought about the word satisfaction the more I became convinced that the things in my life that satisfied me the most were projects I finished and finished well. In May I was awarded my Masters of Arts. That was satisfying, I’d worked hard and completed. A major achievement in itself but it was nowhere near as satisfying as when we built our house – with our own bare hands.

I was in charge of the project as Roger had used his owner builder certification to do major renovations on a cottage we had prior to buying the land. A builder friend directed us and we were the lackeys in this project. By the end we were convinced we knew everything there was to know about building.

We purchased a PAL kit home with a steel frame and after having a cement slab laid by professionals we set to erecting. It wasn’t long before we went wrong. My fault. I didn’t know how to read the plans and I butted two of the frames together but the wrong way. Luckily Roger realised that the house was going to be too long for the slab and we started again. That was my only plan reading error.

Putting the roof on posed major problems. We had a hip roof and the trusses were large and heavy. We laid the truss flat on the frame and with a rope we attempted to pull it to vertical. With only the two of us, one person was required to pull, the other to stop it going too far and falling the other direction and the non-existent person needed to screw it to the frame. All day we tried to get it up but in reality with me being the labourer we were a man short. Luckily it was Veterans Comp Day at the golf club just down the road so we comandeered a few oldies to come and assist and got the first one up. The second one we managed as we left it partially unmade and completed it when we got it up. It still took a long time and a lot of effort. We ended up employing a labourer to help us. From that point the work went ahead quickly.

After the house was finished we turned the grounds into a park.

The amount of satisfaction we both got from this project was immense and remains with us today.

In response to weekly photo challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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18 Responses to Satisfaction: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. What a beautiful home you built and the garden is indeed a park. Where is this home located?

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  2. Satisfying indeed!

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  4. angieoakley1 says:

    That’s fantastic!

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  5. Beautiful – a labor of love and what a wonderful home you have.

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  7. quarksire says:

    2 kewl fer carpenters skewl 🙂 awesome i must say ! something to appreciate yes indeeD! 🙂 would luv it ❤ if i were UUUUUUU 🙂 …… **(@*@*)~~~~ Job well done! 🙂

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