Our Dream Hideaway Lodge in Picton

Approaching A Builder

With Christchurch builders, every construction experience is a very memorable one because you got to feel like you have a big part in your home construction. There are a lot of things that might scare us from the home builders because of the heresy that we might hear from one end to another. Good news is that you can always find a builder that you can trust with all your works for your home. There are a lot of professional builders that can do a great job with your property. And the bad experience that you might hear from others solely depends on your choice of builders that you will make amongst them. Well, we have to discover it ourselves on how we can find a good home builder. One of the things that we must keep in mind is not to be rashly when approaching them. You have to make sure first that you have a definite plan in mind and even should have your blue print of the property so that the builders that you will first approach would not make up some price that they just had in mind. When we talk about it with our builders, we would gradually learn more things. 

Think First Before You Create

When people talk about Silverstripe Professional Partners, we know our websites will be in good hands. They would be able to create something beautiful from scratch. When you try working with professionals, you would be assured that you are trusting your projects with good people with good intentions. True, we can learn web design by ourselves but you would see the difference when you asked for the help of professionals who already have much experience with this kind of work. One of the things that they always remember when they go to work is to always make plans about the design they will make. This is the mistake made by most newbie in design. They are always too excited to try the new tools available in the design software that they use. They would often commit too many mistakes because they do not often know what they will do with their project. It is always important to sit back and relax and deeply think about what you want to do. When you give time to deeply think about what you want to design about, you will be able to create something that is surprising. You would never know how much thinking can give you a head start.

Relationships Online

When there are possibilities of dating Asian singles, we may have a varying reaction to that. Most people, out of their deep concern, may express that it can be a little dangerous to expose one's self into internet dating. Many people even spend most of their time using the internet because they had gained a lot of friends online. That could be no problem because it is just being friendly. The sad thing is being preoccupied with the relationships you started online that you may forget that you have relationships too in the real world that need your attention physically. It is best to keep things balanced to have everything working together well. And in fact, internet has many uses and it can help make our tasks a little easier. We have to thank that we have an access with the internet only if we are being responsible about it. 

Be Credible and Responsible


Even when we found our dream car, our mind will still be fixed on how we can find the cheapest car loans available. Indeed, finding the affordable car loan has been a priority of many. If possible, you do all means so you can afford yourself a low interest rate for your loan. When you were able to get yourself an affordable interest rate, it will be a domino effect to your monthly charge and most of the expenses that you will be using for your new car.


You really have to work hard so you can earn a good score when a car loan company checks you for approval. It means, you must get a good history with all your recorded finances and even some of your credit records. When you go to a lending company and ask them to finance you, first thing that they want know is to see if you would be reliable to be entrusted a credit or a loan. When you have a good record, you will be given a better deal mostly than what you expected. Even when you look into different companies, you would still be asked to present evidences that you are credible to handle such loans. Only that you will be finding different set of deals. In that case, you would know which company you will be getting the loan. That is why, the sooner you work with your credibility the better you are prepared to take on responsibilities for loans. As a result, many companies would be interested funding you with your purchase. 


The Kids Have Started Dating

It's with great trepidation that I report both kids have now discovered NZDating and are throwing themselves into this whole online dating experience with gusto. Marc seems to be loving the experience, but I really do worry for Trish. She's a very sweet and sheltered girl (largely my fault I must admit not to my regret) and I'm not sure she's ready for the whole experience.

Marc has already brought home three girls he's met through the site in as many weeks. Trish, thankfully, has not yet brought anyone home and seems to be just dipping her toes in for now. Hopefully the urge passes and she decides to put this idea back on the shelf for a few more years yet. For Marc, I think he can handle it and although he's still immature some of these things just have to be learned through experience.

Photographing the Lodge

Lately we've been looking into hiring a photographer to take some shots of the lodge, just to commemorate finally getting everything all ready. We've been looking at a specialist in portrait photography Auckland - even though we don't need portraits, we really like her work and think she'll do a wonderful job.

Finding the Right Property Managers

After a long and wearying search, we have finally found the right property managers to look after our home during the summer and manage tenants for us while we take off to the lodge full time.

The company we settled on is a fairly new one, this is their website: www.metropolispm.co.nz. They are quite new to the property management industry however their founder, Nikki Connors, is quite well known and successful so we trust her to look after our house and make sure we get a positive rental return to fund our dream life.

Finishing Up the Painting

We've been adding the finishing touches to the lodge this weekend, adding the last coat of paint with some help from the lads at Rock Solid painters Gold Coast or we might ask the help of the people from plastering Christchurch. It's really shaping up to be a dream come true that matches the picture I've had in my head for the last 20 years. The camera has been playing up and John can't quite figure out how this USB cable thing is supposed to work but once we get the technology issues sorted out there will be plenty of photos coming!!!

Decking Out the New Lodge

One of my favourite parts of organising the new lodge for our first Christmas holidays is decking out all the furniture and linen. I've found an excellent online source for high quality NZ bed linen with some really great brands at reasonable prices.

The business is doing well at the moment so we have a bit of surplus cash to play with largely thanks to our recent successful search engine optimisation NZ campaign which got us to the top of the search engines for some of our most important keywords.

We're typically quite frugal people and the building of the lodge has been a dream we've long scrimped and saved for, so we're not quite sure how to deal with the extra money just yet. My initial instinct was to put it in savings but the kids have persuaded us that it's time to start spoiling ourselves a bit more in our golden years.