Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Moving Day

Well, the removalists are here, doing a terrific job of carefully loading their mega truck with our treasured possessions.  We are feeling somewhat redundant as the two fit young fellows are very competently going about their loading, so I am standing at the kitchen counter with laptop doing this blog post!


 The dismantled waterbed.  It took about 3 hours to siphon all the water out of it the other day.

Precious cargo and a bugger to wrap up.  I can't wait to get hold of my new craft room when our house is built, but in the meantime favourite things like my sewing machine and spinning wheel will sit patiently in the storage unit.

Look at this!  This is a magnificent white mulberry tree, the very first tree for our orchard.  This is a wonderful gift to us from my dear friends Angie, Anne, Leanne and Wilma - The Tipsy Cross Stitchers.  Thanks ladies, we are thrilled to bits!

And this photo is an attempt to make our lives easier in a years time when we put the tv/surround sound/x-box systems back together.  Of course this will show us where every single wire goes and it will be a smooth, seamless operation. Ha!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Furnace Packing

Lordy what a week, with temperatures nearing 40°C every day, it's not very conducive to packing one's worldly possessions!  But we are plodding along, panic mode will hit in 3 days time when the removalists will arrive that afternoon.

 My precious collection of pot plants, mostly cuttings I've grown from precious plants in the garden.  It will be good to take living memories of our current garden with us. 

 Photos, DVDs, CDs and fragile things from the wall unit are all packed up and ready to go.  Steve is left with the fun job of dismantling the electrical systems for the tv and surround sound. :-)

 I can't believe how many fiddly bits and pieces I have amassed in the laundry.  But I also found that each thingy seems to be important so not much got chucked out.  Here we have the "put into storage" bits container and the "keep for current use" bits container.

Mmm, this is the middle of the house collection point.  It's so hard to know where to put the boxes, they keep getting in the way of something I hadn't thought of before!

 Back bedroom with dismantled bed and huge plastic sack of various bedding.

The other back bedroom.  This is the vantage point for the fragile boxes for storage, and boxes to go to the shed.  I made use of ugly fugly wrapping paper for my labelling boxes methodology.  Lairy rose paper is 'for the shed', green paper is 'fragile', orange polkadot paper is 'heavy' and silvery rose paper is 'storage but accessible'.  I suspect the removalist man will swoon with my cleverness. ;-)

Far out, this is the craft room, where I am currently packing.  Lots of precious things in here that I am muttering about.  I am planning on stuffing the fabric into all the drawers, to stabilise loose stuff in them, and give the fabric a home that is clean and damp proof whilst in storage.  The hardest part is working out what to keep with me to use for the next year.  I've got some crochet, some cross stitch, some general hand sewing bits and pieces ready to come with me to the shed so far.  Still deciding on embroidery things.

We're getting there.  Thank goodness we worked hard for a few months last year culling all our cupboards and sheds, so at least what we've got we know we want to keep.  I'm trying not to be excited yet, holding it in until all the moving work is done, but it's not long to go now!!!  6th Feb at 1pm we hand over the keys to this house, we first moved in on the 22nd November 1982 after waiting 6 months for it to be built.  It's been a great nearly 30 years but we cant wait for our new adventures in Torbay.  :-)

Saturday, 14 January 2012


Hi there!
Wow, it's been a long time since I was a regular blogger, my old, mostly craft related blog was called Random Applique (ended in July 2008) and if you are interested, you can find it here.

Steve and I are about to undertake a sea change that we've dreamed of for 30 years, we are moving from suburban life to a remote 5 acres on the south coast of Western Australia.  A quiet life of self sufficiency awaits...or will it be starvation.... read along and see!

Welcome :-)