Garden service, travel goals and a sprained foot.

Jon and I have been chatting about our 2013 goals and what we wanted to achieve and do this year.  There are a few things on the list (even buying a bigger house and getting dogs, yay!) but one thing we both want to do is go overseas if possible.  So, looking at a few vacation spots, we’ve listed the following places to choose from:

  • Hong Kong (kill two birds with one stone: see Disney Land and tour the city)
  • USA – NYC and Disney World
  • Thailand (but since I saw that half of SA was there over December I feel like now it’s become too mainstream)

I know Disney is for kids, but we are two adult sized children and it’d be so awesome!  The thing is, I’ve seen South Africa in its entirety but haven’t driven it all, and Jon has been to every continent except Asia, so it’s also a tie between doing more SA road trips or compromising and prioritising Asia, since it’ll be a first for both of us.  Personally I’m voting for Asia 😉

Also on the cards is for us to sort out the house.  Specifically, the garden.  Or lack of, if I’m being honest.  The grass has stopped growing, the trees are overgrown and I don’t think it’s been raked in about 3 months.  Bergen pointed out to us that because we pay levies for outdoor maintenance, we should actually demand more from the garden service.  They are supposed to be there once a week (I think, must confirm with Jon) and make the garden pretty but this never happens.  Is it just me or is your garden service also this bad?

It’s so frustrating!

Oh, also, I managed to go and sprain my foot last week.  Awesome.  Also have a few torn ligaments and A FOREIGN BODY WAS PICKED UP IN THE X-RAY!

That’s right.  A foreign body.  Yes, I know there are better hiding places.  No, I don’t know which Nationality it is.



  1. ExMi says:

    L. found the garden service for our complex and shat them out. needless to say, they do a good job at our house, but a sucky one everywhere else.

  2. MeeA says:

    When we lived in a complex, the garden service guys only maintained the communal garden bits. It was up to the residents to take care of their own private gardens…

    • Shebee says:

      MeeA, Jon says that because he only owns the *inside* of the house, everything *outside* of the house falls under the Body Corporate’s responsibility. So he’s emailed them today to confirm exactly what the garden service responsibilities are 🙂

  3. Chris M says:

    Give me a shout if you need any tips about the garden! Way better to do it yourself than hire a company, it’s relaxing and it’s awesome seeing the finished product; save your money, get an Audi cabriolet 😉

  4. Tanya says:

    our garden service does a pretty shit job. its included in our levies, so we cant even get rid of them, or we’ll have to hire a service privately and pay for that in addition to our complex levies.

    we went to Disney world in Orlando in 2010 and it was AWESOME!!!! i stood in the queue to get Ariel’s autograph, she is amazing :p

  5. Ankia says:

    I’d also love to go to Disney world!!!

    Our gardener for the Complex is awesome and maintainS everything very well. I suppose it’s because he is clearly an oke that loves his job and he has a good relationship with all the residents. He also only does our complex so he’s not too overloaded.

    • Shebee says:

      Ankia that sounds like the best, I wish we had one guy. But we have one of those service companies that come in with 3 guys and most of the time when I have seen them come they tend to use our garden to loaf about and have their lunch. On a good day, they’ll rake the sand :/

  6. Justin McCall says:

    You HAVE GOT TO go to DisneyLand/World. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s always incredible! And NYC has to be on your list, at least once in your life. It’s so worth it. Other places we want to go is Greece, Italy & Croatia.

  7. Louisa says:

    Way back when I lived in a complex for a bit the garden service was responsible for the common areas and the lawns of the units. You had to weed your own beds and so on, but if you left the debris on the lawn they would remove it for you when they came round to trim and edge it.

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