Post-war cottage transformed in to chic family bungalow

first_imgSangeeta and Rodney Hunter with kids Joshua, 14, and Oscar, 12. Photo: Annette Dew.IT was the big poinciana tree that caught Sangeeta Hunter’s attention when she first saw the post-war cottage that would become her family home. She was sitting in her car across the road from the two-bedroom house at 28 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga imagining her then two-yard old son, Joshua, in the front yard. “I could just see him swinging from the big, beautiful old tree in a tyre swing,” she said. It perhaps was not surprising the sprawling branches of the poinciana made Mrs Hunter envision precious family moments, as the tree was planted by the original owners on the day their eldest daughter was born. The updated home at 28 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga.The couple carried the timber floorboards from the original side of the house through into a new extensions and created a double-side fireplace from the original, ensuring it retained its role as centrepiece of the living areas. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“(Mrs Bourne) had three little girls and she used to dry their nappies next to that fireplace,” Mrs Hunter said. Initially, the house was an L-shape with two bedrooms, a sunroom, a kitchen and a living area. The Hunters began the transformation with the installation of an inground pool. The new kitchen and living spaces incorporate the original fireplace.Next came an extension to one side of the house in 2015, which included a living room overlooking the front yard and an open-plan dining and kitchen area flowing out the poolside entertaining area. The kitchen has a butler’s pantry with an underfloor wine cellar, and a door leading to a new powder room and laundry.Mrs Hunter said they “punched through” either side of the original fireplace to connect the original home to the extensions. The original home at 28 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga.The Bournes built the house in 1955, raised their three daughters as the poinciana grew to shade the front yard, and handed the keys to the Rodney and Sangeeta Hunter in 2006, just two weeks before they welcomed their second son, Oscar, into the world. Now, 13 years on, Mrs Hunter said her more treasured memories are of sitting on the front porch with her husband watching her sons play under the shade of that solid tree. And while the poinciana has changed little in that time, the Hunters have transformed the tiny house into a light-filled, four-bedroom family home. The original fireplace at 28 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga.“When I first saw the house, it reminded me of Californian bungalow and I could really see potential in it,” Mrs Hunter said. The Hunters extended and renovated the house across a three-year period, taking their time to ensure they had the budget to do the project justice. “We lived in the house for a while and got a feel for it. And I started collecting a picture book of what I liked for inspiration,” Mrs Hunter said. “We really wanted to make sure the connectivity between the old and new was happening. I think it’s quite seamless.” The front porch looks out over the yard and the big poinciana tree.But despite loving every bit of the home, the Hunters have decided to move on to their next project. Their home is on the market through Sharon Wilson and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga. “I’m hoping it goes to another family. I know they’ll have good times here,” Mrs Hunter said. “It’s a great entertainment house and my kids have loved swinging that front gate open and coming home each day after school.” RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: Three yearsTotal spend: $350,000-$400,000Builder: Keith Hunter — Life Space BuildersArchitect: Dean Wiltshire — Wiltshire Stevens Architects The inground swimming pool is just off the new kitchen and deck area.The final stage of the renovation was the reconfiguration of the original part of the house, which now has a master suite where the original kitchen was, a modern family bathroom, two more bedrooms, a sleep out, a study and a formal living area. Mrs Hunter said her favourite part of the home was the front porch with encaustic tiled floor and a view across the front yard.“You can just sit there and watch the world go by,” she said. “I also love the kitchen, it’s a great entertainer’s kitchen, and it’s lovely to nap in the living area on a Sunday afternoon as the sun sets.” last_img read more

UK public remains highly supportive of tidal & wave

first_imgThe new government statistics on energy and climate change has shown that 79% of UK public supports the use of tidal and wave energy technologies.New data from the UK government’s Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker shows that public support for renewable energy technologies remains high and continues to grow, with 82% of respondents expressing support – up from 77% from the previous poll.Only 3% of the public is opposed to the deployment of renewable energy, with 1% strongly opposed.Public support for wave and tidal energy stands at 79%, which is also the case for offshore wind.The use of onshore wind for power generation was backed by 74% respondents, while solar energy got 84% of public support.The support for renewable energy technologies contrasts sharply with support for other technologies, as 33% of the public is reported to support nuclear energy, with 25% opposed. Only 13% of the public supports the extraction of shale gas, with 36% opposed, according to the government data.Commenting on the poll results, Emma Pinchbeck, RenewableUK’s Executive Director, said: “The popularity of offshore wind and marine renewables remain sky high as they are breathing new life into coastal communities and building vibrant supply chains up and down the country. An overwhelming 82% of people support developing all types of renewable energy – so when it comes to reaching out to voters, renewable energy is an issue that matters.”James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association (REA), said: “Following an extraordinary year for the industry, seeing record highs for generation and dramatic falls in prices, it is not surprising that public support for renewables has risen and is the most popular form of generation.“We now need the government to see what the public have seen and take the brake off this sector. Cheap forms of power such as onshore wind, solar, and biomass remain blocked to market whilst nuclear, diesel, and gas are still receiving government support.”The data was collected between September 27 – October 1, 2017 using face-to-face in-home interviews with a representative sample of 2,105 households in the UK.last_img read more

Siemens Gamesa Reaches Blade Milestone in Hull

first_imgSiemens Gamesa has reached a milestone in the production of 75-meter long blades at its factory in Hull, UK, as it had produced 500 pieces.Source: Siemens GamesaTo celebrate the milestone, Siemens Gamesa joined the Hull City Council to plant 500 trees to help create the Northern Forest.The company opened the factory at the Alexandra Dock in December 2016 when it officially unveiled the 75m long blade.Multi-media artist Nayan Kulkarni later transformed one of the first produced 28t blades into a sculpture and exposed it in the Queen Victoria Square in the center of Hull.After the ten-week set up in the city center as part of a culture program, the blade was returned to the factory where it found its permanent location at the entrance.last_img read more

Zimbabwe: Dog owners hit by the biting economy

first_imgZimbabwe’s small group of dog enthusiasts is keeping an old tradition alive.The German shepherd dog society, one of the few remain dog clubs in the country, is still training dogs and their owners and holding regular dog shows.Dog owners have been hit hard by the biting economy which has increased pet food costs and significantly reduced their numbers.last_img

Richard E. Byrd, 86

first_imgRichard E. Byrd, 86, Greensburg, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Our Hospice Inpatient Facility in Columbus. Born, June 24, 1932 in Connersville, Indiana, he was the son of John and Stella (Grimme) Byrd.  He was a 42-year employee of Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg.  He was a member of the Wyaloosing Creek Golf Course and a former member of the North Branch Golf Course.  Richard was an avid golfer and bowler. He was married to Bonita J. Ray on December 14, 1956 and she preceded him in death on April 23, 2005. He is survived by two sons, Tim (Carlene) Byrd, Walton, KY, John Byrd, Milford; one daughter, Terry Lynn (Dan) Dinsmore, Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Shannan (David) Fields, Columbus, Brandi (Brian) AmRhein, Greensburg,  Jennifer Phelps, Westport, Trent Green, Blake (Alayna) Byrd, Franklin, Josh Byrd, Milford, Chris (Joy Stagge) Byrd, Greensburg; 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Voley Richard Byrd; two brothers, Gordon Byrd and Charles Grimme; one grandchild, Isabella Byrd. Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with Rev. Doug Preston officiating. Internment with full military graveside rites will be held in the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg. Memorials may be made to the Decatur County Animal Shelter.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Hazard returns from injury

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Zinedine Zidane is set to have Eden Hazard at his disposal once again, with the Real Madrid star recovering from his ankle injury in time for the clash with Celta Vigo on Sunday. The Belgian limped out of Real’s Champions League group clash with PSG in November after a slow start to life with the Spanish giants. Hazard has only one goal in 13 appearances this season and admitted he began the season overweight. As he takes to the field again after two months out, the former Chelsea star will be under pressure to impress after his £130 million summer move. “He’s going to need this week, which will be a long one,” Zidane said. “We’ll see him next weekend, I hope.” In his absence Real have overhauled Barcelona and distanced their rivals by three points at the top of LaLiga. However, a firing Hazard would be a huge boost to Zidane’s side ahead of restarting their Champions League campaign against Manchester City. Hazard was so often the difference for Chelsea in his 352 appearances in England, but is yet to show his devastating sharpness and quick feet in Spain. He still has a lot to prove to Madrid’s demanding fanbase, but City boss Pep Guardiola believes the star is not the one to blame for his sluggish start. “If he’s not playing well, something’s going on at Madrid because he is really good,” Guardiola told Spanish YouTuber DjMaRiiO. “Not a top player, another level above. What we saw in England… he is world class.”Tags: Celta VigoChampions LeagueEden HazardManchester CityReal MadridZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

Steps for Finley: Race helps couple honor daughter’s memory

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. ELLSWORTH — Travis and Katelin Burpee were not prepared for the news they received on May 14 while having an ultrasound.Eight months into Katelin’s pregnancy, their baby’s heartbeat could not be found.“The doctor checked, then double-checked, then triple-checked,” Travis said. “There were no symptoms. It was totally unexpected.”Katelin gave birth to a stillborn 4-pound, 14-ounce girl named Finley Jayde Burpee. Finley died after a placental abruption — a condition in which the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before labor.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Franklin couple, Katelin, 29, and Travis, 31 — both Jackson Laboratory employees — decided to honor Finley through a 5-kilometer race Sunday morning. They named it “Steps for Finley” for the steps their daughter would never get to take.Some 100 runners and walkers participated in the event, which began at the Moore Community Center. The race raised thousands of dollars that will go to supporting other families that have lost children through stillbirth or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).“We felt that, if we could celebrate Finley and share her with everybody, maybe it would help us cope,” Katelin said, looking down at their 3-year-old daughter, Jaylin. “I love them both the same.”Katelin and Travis also went through a miscarriage years ago, which Katelin said was a much different experience.“That was handled a lot differently because it happened earlier on,” Katelin said. “A lot of people don’t realize that when Finley passed away, we still had to have a funeral.”Stillbirth — which is a fetal death occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy — is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 24,000 stillbirths were reported in the United States in 2013.Still, the topic remains shrouded in silence.Travis Burpee and his 3-year-old daughter, Jaylin, smile at the Steps for Finley 5K on Sunday at the Moore Center. Travis and his wife, Katelin, organized the race in honor of their daughter, Finley, who was stillborn in May.“Often, people get offended by pictures and stuff like that. They don’t talk about it because it’s taboo,” Katelin said. “So families will withdraw and go into some kind of depression, or they’ll pretend their kid doesn’t exist.”A week after Finley’s death, Katelin and Travis decided they wanted to raise awareness to help other families like theirs feel less isolated.“A lot of people have this tragedy in their life,” Katelin said. “So we were like, ‘You know what? We’re going to throw a party so that we can celebrate Finley and anybody else who has lost a child.’”Katelin said she knew of many parents participating in the Steps for Finley 5K who have lost children in similar fashion but were not yet comfortable discussing it.“People just don’t talk about it because it’s too painful or they’re ashamed,” Katelin said. “I am fortunate because I have amazing support, but there are parents or single mothers out there who don’t have that.”Nonprofit organizations such as Empty Arms in Bangor can offer families that support.Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County Bereavement Services Coordinator Janice Ronco is working with an Empty Arms support group facilitator, Laurie Mouradian, to bring those programs to Ellsworth.Ronco said she began working with Mouradian after regularly receiving calls from parents scheduling appointments with her after a prenatal loss.“Then they’d decide they weren’t ready and cancel,” Ronco said. “Parents are suffering alone, and the pain is so great that they can’t bring themselves to come in.”Ronco said the loss doesn’t just fade away with time. It is felt during those milestones such as the child’s birthdays or when he or she would be entering school.“It’s a unique loss because so much of it involves the dreams and expectations of who that child would have become,” Ronco said. “Support groups or workshops can help validate that tremendous sense of loss and provide a forum for those challenges.”Proceeds from the Steps for Finley 5K will go to purchasing “memory boxes” for families who have lost children and a “cuddle cot” for a local hospital, which acts as a refrigerated bassinet, allowing stillborn babies to stay in the room with their parents.And while no one can prepare for the loss of a child, the Burpees want those families to know two things:“It’s nothing to be ashamed of,” Katelin says. “And you’re not alone.”center_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Biolast_img read more

USC must overcome injuries on the road

first_imgThe USC women’s soccer team, fresh off a sweep of its two-game home stand, heads to Oklahoma for the first time this weekend as it faces No. 24 Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. But this is a much different USC team that is making this trip than anyone expected at the start of the season.The Women of Troy (3-3), No. 8 in the preseason national rankings, were supposed to travel to Oklahoma State (5-2), who lost only one game last year, this weekend for a battle of top-10 teams.Season-ending · Junior midfielder Ashli Sandoval will miss the remainder of the season after tearing her ACL against Gonzaga. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanJunior midfielder Ashli Sandoval, the team’s leading point-scorer last season, was supposed to be the next big star for the Women of Troy, the 2007 national champions. Senior All-American Meagan Holmes was ready to have a full, healthy season and anchor USC’s backline.But the Women of Troy have struggled thus far this season. Sandoval tore her ACL against Gonzaga on Friday and is out for the season, and Holmes is still nursing a knee injury. The injuries, combined with the lack of experience from a young team and the loss of key seniors from last season, have caused USC to come out of the gate much slower than anticipated and have left a void in the leadership role on the team.“It just takes time. A lot of these kids are doing things we haven’t asked them to do,” coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “I think they’re coming along, slowly, but they’re coming along.”USC showed signs of improvement last weekend as it beat two non-conference opponents to get back to .500. Khosroshahin said the second half of Sunday’s game was the best half of soccer he’s seen from the team this season. But there are still areas the team needs to improve on. He changed practice this week to emphasize one-touch ball movement and reading plays, rather than reacting to them.“We just need to think faster, play quicker and just be more aware of what’s happening,” Khosroshahin said. “I hope we’re taking care of the ball and limiting our mental mistakes.”Sandoval and Holmes’ injuries have taken a big toll on the team as USC tries to replace them in the backline (Sandoval played defense in place of Holmes this season). In Sunday’s game, USC had just one player who saw significant minutes last year, junior Karter Haug in the backline.“It’s been difficult because a lot of us are fresh and new this season,” sophomore defender Chelsea Buehning said Sunday. “But Karter’s been doing an awesome job in the middle, and we’re all just taking our own responsibilities and pulling it together.”With all the new players in the back, the Women of Troy have struggled at times to find chemistry and build an attack.“Last year, we liked to play out of the back and knock it and dribble out of the back. But this year, we still have a target on our back, so a lot of teams have three forwards which means we’re playing one versus one a lot of the time,” sophomore defender Claire Schloemer said.The USC backline has been getting better in distributing balls to the attacking players. But while the forwards have been getting plenty of shots, they need to be more efficient around the net.Last weekend the Women of Troy had a combined 41 shots and only scored four goals in the two games. With away games against ranked Oklahoma State and an improved Oklahoma (4-2-1) that’s already won more games this season than all of last year, USC can’t afford to let chances go by the wayside.“We need to take care of our opportunities and be really aggressive in the box,” junior forward Megan Ohai said. “When we have those chances we have to take them because we don’t know how many we are going to get.”USC is finally starting to look like the team many thought they would be. But with the injuries and the inexperience on the field, Khosroshahin stresses that the team just needs time.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer moves up to No. 2 in rankings

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Syracuse jumped three spots in the official NSCAA poll to claim the No. 2 spot in this week’s rankings.The Orange (7-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Hofstra last Tuesday, 1-0, and beat No. 15 Boston College on Friday night, 2-0, to climb the polls. Of the four teams ahead of Syracuse in last week’s rankings, only No. 4 Maryland went 2-0. The Terrapins are the nation’s new No. 1. Both UMD and SU received 11 first-place votes but Maryland had 15 more total points than the Orange.Previous No. 1 Notre Dame beat UConn in double overtime, 1-0, before dropping a 1-0 result at Louisville. No. 2 North Carolina lost, 1-0, to East Tennessee State at home before beating visiting Pittsburgh by the same score. No. 3 Indiana beat Michigan on the road, 2-0, before playing to a scoreless draw at home against Northwestern. The fourth-ranked Terrapins beat Rutgers on the road in double overtime, 2-1, before a 3-2 overtime win against Penn State at home.This week, Maryland, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Indiana and North Carolina-Charlotte make up the top five.The Orange was ranked No. 1 in Monday’s TopDrawerSoccer.com poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith a win Tuesday night against Cornell (0-5-2), Syracuse (7-0) will be off to its best start in program history. Commentslast_img read more