I think with every house move (remember, 19 of them in 21 years) we find upsides, and a few downsides.
The upsides are TREES, and green places around us...
...so much nicer than the bare, treeless, bird-less, breeze-less estate we lived in before.
This house is set high, and so we get the breezes from the ocean (just a few minutes away), and with a lot of trees around we also wake to BIRDS singing! \o/
No more machinery and construction site noises at 5.30am!
Another positive is space...spaces to breathe in the house and not be toppled over each other; unexpected alcoves for small vignettes (still to be tweaked, but you get the idea)...
The kitchen has lots of light, but is not part of the living area any more so I feel far more inclined to cook and prepare wholesome food. It also has an air conditioner facing straight into it - bliss (!) here in the tropics.
Whilst still unpacking, I did take time out for grocery shopping yesterday and an evening of kitchen play. My first ever homemade Tabbouleh (served with lamb cutlets and fresh bread)...
Top of my list is always getting the bedroom made up, and though not yet finished, it is still very welcoming after a day of hot and heavy work!
The room also has a little alcove at the entrance...
My sewing room is 'underway'....
...hopefully all done by tonight.
I have a favourite little garden friend in place near the front door...
...and my desk is just about ready...
...with a new little book to fill with ideas for my blog this year!
So, there you have it so far. We're in, we're half unpacked, and we're tired and sore. But we're quite pleased with our new surroundings.
On the downside, though.
No broadband internet.The exchange is full.
2 businesses run from home;
4 people with laptops.
We have been told by everyone to get wireless internet, but it will cost a fortune for 4 people using it almost all day, and two of our laptops do not have inbuilt modems for dial up (the business ones!!).
But, we got dial up for the kids ($1 a month unlimited download - yep, bizarre), and they will use their phones for more download speed.
In the end we'll figure it out (our son is a computer techie by trade and knows every angle), but it will all come down to cost in the long run. Hopefully a line will become available in our exchange and we can finally get broadband again. Love your prayers about that.
In the meantime I have a very expensive little 3G stick to use for 30 days, and will not be doing any extra internet browsing.
Another downside is that Blossom has come down with stomach flu. Please pray she recovers quickly.
Now to draw the winners for a copy of Australian Patchwork & Stitching magazine, which features an article about my journey from homeschooler to designer!
Please email me your addresses and I will post the magazines to you this week.
Have a lovely and blessed week, won't you?!