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 photo 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! (See the note below.) Anyway, I hope to be set up and sewing again soon.

Till next time, happy stitching!


P.S. Many months later the happy news is that I found all my Fiskars scissors carefully slipped in between layers of fabric deep in a fabric box.


  1. I am sure you are enjoying setting up your new home with the help of those sweet kids.
    I hope you will soon be ready to stitch again.

    1. Thanks, I'm looking forward to getting needle and thread out again. In all the upheaval stitching has fallen by the wayside but I do have itchy fingers every now and again.

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    1. Hi Deborah, thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment.
      It was very fortunate that the previous owners agreed to leave the shelves for my sewing room, and then that my storage boxes actually fit in perfectly.

  3. Good about the shelves - bad about the scissors! How very annoying. I’m glad you’ve got helpers. It makes the work so much more communal - and they will not only remember doing it but probably tell their children and grandchildren about it one day.

    1. I was really foolish to put all the scissors together in one container with a transparent lid. It was just too tempting for someone. In future I will make sure my scissors are packed separately in different boxes. You live and learn.
      Funny that the children enjoyed unpacking our boxes. Most was very mundane stuff. I think it was a bit like opening up a present and and not knowing what they would find inside that was intriguing. There were a few boxes of children's books and toys. They enjoyed finding those!