It has been a long week. We are still unpacking boxes but at least we have moved everything back to the house. I almost feel guilty typing this as there is so much still to do, but none of it is going anywhere. I feel as if I will be going back to work next week for a well earned rest.
Some things I learned this week about moving house:
- Men and women have different priorities when it comes to unpacking. Women like to have clean sheets on the bed, maybe some cutlery and plates to eat off, some food to eat and maybe some towels. Men want to set up the television and internet, to the exclusion of anything else. Trying to re-align these priorities will lead to some interesting discussions.
- It's not that great an idea to get excited the week before moving and invite 50 of your friends and neighbours to drinks 5 days after you have moved in. This leads to slight tension as you both wonder "what were we thinking" and then sheepish text messages to cancel the drinks.
- Being self righteous and not installing a clothes dryer due to their energy guzzling habits is all well and good, but when you are moving house and it is pouring rain you might feel that eco-warrier halo slip a little and curse that decision.....
- There is nothing wrong with IKEA plastic kids cutlery and beakers when you can't find anything else for 5 days - the wine tastes just as good and has the desired effect of numbing the stress brought on by the above mentioned issues.
The house itself is wonderful, though we are still pinching ourselves that we actually live here now. Once we have unpacked everything, the really fun part will begin for me - finding a home for all of our furniture, paintings and photos. Most of the house is still a series of rooms with boxes, but I thought I would put up some shots of the verandah to start with.
Spotty dog previously had the run of the house. I am sure I will relent,
but at the moment she is staying outside - mainly because she sheds so
much hair. We'll see how long that lasts, but she looks aggrieved.
front door with Christmas wreath
wreath on the front verandah door - I am tempted to leave it
on all year round
the verandah outside the kitchen/living area. All the furniture is
second hand, mostly from the WAC. It looks so neat I feel I should
add a disclaimer*
* photo is for illustrative purposes only and bears no resemblance to
the way it looks 99% of the time
I discovered this magazine today and while as yet I haven't had the chance
to sit down and read it, I am looking forward to some down time this weekend
to savour it. I hadn't seen it before, but with a focus on recycling,
sustainability and making things by hand, I think I'll love it.
It also mentions my clever friend Tammy :)
I'm looking forward to the weekend - hope everyone has a good one.