Four years in Adelaide

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This week we celebrate the fourth anniversary of our arrival in Adelaide and the eighth anniversary of our wedding.

We've now spent four years each in the UK and Australia. The time has simply rocketed past.

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This week we celebrate the fourth anniversary of our arrival in Adelaide and the eighth anniversary of our wedding.

We've now spent four years each in the UK and Australia. The time has simply rocketed past.

Congratulations Vash
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This week we celebrate the fourth anniversary of our arrival in Adelaide and the eighth anniversary of our wedding.

We've now spent four years each in the UK and Australia. The time has simply rocketed past.

Congratulations!
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So, a few things we've done this year... let's start with the courtyard.

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Wifi antenna!

This was a courtesy installation by a mate of a mate, who provided all equipment (and an entire day's work) free of charge. I helped with the final stage—inserting and securing the antenna mast—which was arguably the hardest.







The wireless mast taps into my mate's spare internet account, which is unmetered and does not cost us a cent (I use it exclusively for torrents via our media PC). It also connects to Air-Stream, a free community wifi network spanning the South Australian suburbs.

We also have a separate fixed line connection with TPG, which costs us $60 a month for phone and unlimited broadband. This provides bandwidth for our other two PCs and three tablets.

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Spa!

It's been looking rather sorry for itself, so we spruced it up with a lick of paint and a pair of brass door knobs (not shown here, as they weren't attached yet).















The wood is warped and will need replacing eventually, but it's good for a few years yet.
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Ducted reverse cycle aircon!

We purchased a 10.5kW Fujitsu inverter (ARTG36) with four zones and five outlets. The vendor was Factory Home Air Conditioning and the cost was $7,300. I shopped around and obtained half a dozen quotes before settling on FHAC.

The house has three bedrooms, one of which I'm using as a study. There's a split system inverter in the master bedroom, so we didn't need an outlet there.

















We can run any single zone by itself, all four zones simultaneously, and every combination in between. The outside unit is very quiet. The interior is dead silent. The temperature difference is amazing.

We were very pleased with the efficiency and courtesy of the installers. I can definitely recommend Factory Home Air Conditioning; a pleasure to deal with from start to finish.
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USA!

As a pastor in my local Christian community I am occasionally invited to speak interstate... and even further afield.

Last year a church in the USA flew me over to Texas as the leading speaker at their annual Bible study weekend. This year another church flew me over to Chicago as a leading speaker at their annual Bible study week in Wisconsin. I also gave a sermon at a church in Lombard, Illinois, and helped out with their weekly charity dinner night.

The Americans were friendly and hospitable, as always. I stayed with a family in Carol Stream (IL) but also spent time with their relatives in West Chicago.

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West Chicago. I stayed in this house:



The neighbourhood was quite nice:










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The local park wasn't too shabby either:









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One of my friends is studying at Wheaton College. It's historically significant, so I wandered down for a look:











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