Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Setting up home

We have moved into our new house and are settling in happily. Last week my elder daughter visited and it was the first time in 5 years that both my daughters and their families were all together with us. Happiness is! And the four grandchildren played together like old best friends.

The grandchildren that live around the corner loved unpacking our boxes. Here they are sliding my sewing boxes into the shelving units left for us in my sewing room. Open shelves are not ideal but they are serving the purpose for the moment.

There is still a way to go before we have the house the way we want it: boxes of photos albums and pictures that don't yet have a place, an extra shelf to make for the grocery cupboard, the new washing line to be cemented in and so on.

A worthwhile tip if you are moving to a country where the electric plugs for your appliances are going to change? Work out beforehand just how many new plugs you will need and have them ready when you move in. You will be surprised just how many you will need. Weeks later we still have lamps, hairdryer, sewing machine and a few other things that we have to shuffle around when we want to use them. In the meantime a multiplug extension cord with an Australian plug that goes into the wall but that fits our existing appliances is working hard.

Today I was able to buy a new foot control for my sewing machine. The plastic on the old one disintegrated during the move. And I have just had notice that the new Fiskars scissors I bought online are waiting for me at the post office. 3 pairs of Fiskars that I have had for many years and used daily disappeared in the move! Very very annoying! Anyway, I hope to be set up and sewing again soon.

Till next time, happy stitching!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wild turkeys

 Spot the wild turkeys at the edge of my daughter's garden? It's lovely to see them roaming around nearby. It seems they are protected and quite common around Brisbane.

We're making progress with our move - new bank accounts, medical cards, phone numbers (though mine doesn't seem to be working yet?), house insurance and the keys to our new home.

Our container has unfortunately been delayed and until we have that we can't move into our house. The ship arrived in Brisbane yesterday and the container has been unloaded. The last step is to go through customs and the quarantine inspection. That will be about another 10 days. It will be nice to have my sewing things again.

Monday, January 29, 2018

View from the window

The last of four quilts for my grandchildren is almost done. I want to finish it in time to give it to my granddaughter when we get to Brisbane in about a week's time.
Looking up from the sewing machine where I'm sitting,  I'm reminded that I am in lush tropical Bangkok. It's steamy and hot every day. When there is rain - heavy big raindrops that obscure the buildings across the narrow roadway - I think of dry parched Cape Town and the looming Day Zero, the day the city may run out of water. It's two months since we left and still Rod and I are super conscious of every drop of water we use. I do hope the rains arrive early for the Cape this year.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year in Winklespruit

New Year and we're on the move. Our house in Cape Town has been packed up and sold and our container is on its way to Australia. Mixed feelings? Oh yes!Dreadfully sad to leave - so sad neither Rod nor I talk about it much - but very excited about the future.
We are now on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast staying with family in their beautiful flat with a glorious view of the beach, the sea and the coastline for miles and miles in either direction. This is one of my favourite holiday places with many fond memories of childhood holidays. It's been an especially good way to start the New Year.
Next stop on our journey is Bangkok and a visit to my elder daughter and her family. We fly off via Dubai on Monday.
I trust that 2018 will be kind and productive year for all of us.
Happy stitching!