So I have moved. Moved away from my little unit and into a bigger (though still small by most people’s standards) townhouse. The move itself was not too stressful. The removalists I hired were WONDERFUL. I thoroughly recommend PMA Removals if you’re in the Perth area. They were two young guys – a bit on the cheeky side but super nice and polite – who turned up on time (in fact, early) and got the job done in record time. We started just after 7am and were done by 10:30 in the morning! Nothing was too much trouble for them and they didn’t slack off or whine about having to go up stairs. They were very respectful and quite charming 🙂 Cute too, truth be told, ha ha (but I’m old enough to be their mother…sigh…). I was so anxious beforehand because I had had dodgy movers in the past, but these guys made it almost enjoyable and completely stress-free. Very affordable too. All in all, a great service and I would definitely use them again.
My new neighbour caused a bit of an issue because she refused to trim her shrubbery and trees around the common driveway (which makes it hard for anyone to get in or out). In the end she let us cut back part of the tree which was growing very low near my car port, but wouldn’t allow us to prune the conifer trees which are extending about a metre into the driveway. I didn’t want to argue. There’s probably some clause I could cite re common areas and whatnot, but I had no desire to get into a debate with my brand new neighbours. I just “accidentally” brush into the trees when I am backing out. It’s kinda hard not to.
I like the house. It has its issues and it is not perfect by any means, but neither am I so it’s a good fit 🙂 Unfortunately, on my week off, I injured my back and so I have been unable to move all the boxes and finish unpacking everything. There’s stuff everywhere and I so want it to be tidy (unlike my last place…) but at the moment there is not a lot I can do about it. My craft room is ENORMOUS and I might actually use it as a craft room (how novel!) and not bring all my junk into the dining room. I’ve taken one of the smaller rooms as my bedroom – how much room do I need? – and so the craft room is very spacious and also bright, which is excellent as my unit was so dark and trying to do anything on overcast days or after 3pm was very difficult if you actually wanted to see what you were doing.
I miss my garden. Being Spring, everything was in bloom and looking green and luscious and lush. At the moment I have no garden – just sand – and, other than my own plants in pots, it is devoid of anything living. I miss my lovely azaleas (cuttings were strategically taken before I moved out though!) and the general green-ness of my unit garden, but I will work on my own plot now and make it nice, hopefully. There are plenty of birds around my new neighbourhood so I am hoping to attract them in with natives and flowering plants. My Mum has been busy potting up lots of suitable cuttings from her own very successful (and beautiful) garden, so that I have lots of plants to work with and don’t have to buy too many, which can end up being very costly.
I miss being by the water but, if I’m honest and sensible, it’s not like I went and took advantage of the River every day. My walking regime had fallen by the wayside months ago so I can’t really say I miss walking by the water on a daily basis. My new neighbourhood is hardly a slum and, if I take the time to investigate a bit, I’m sure I will find nice places to walk and soak up some sun and fresh air. At the moment it is too flipping cold to do either of those things. Plus I am very lazy and feeling the need to hibernate and nest and generally just hide.
I have made a new friend. A lovely black and white cat I have named Bernard. Bernard may well be a Bernadette – we’re not that intimately acquainted yet for me to have found out – but he is so smoochy and friendly and seems intent on coming into my house. I’m not sure who he belongs to but he seems to like hanging out in my non-existent garden and sleeping under the front hedges. I was so pleased to meet him – a cat makes everything better. Will have to watch him around my visiting birds, but hopefully they can keep out of his way.
The drive to and from work isn’t too heinous and, once I figured out where I was going without getting lost, seems to be comparable with my former commute. Which is good because I am always running late in the mornings.
I have lots of nice shops nearby – not quite on my doorstop like before – including a great fruit and veg grocer who has lovely produce at VERY low prices. I have a supermarket within walking distance plus a vet clinic just up the road (for when I get my kitties!). There is a bus stop just outside my place which is handy if I am without my car, and I am only minutes away from a major shopping centre (and a really nice bead shop – score!).
So, I am getting settled. I am relieved that the whole moving process is over, even if the unpacking saga is not. I still have to buy a few extra bits of furniture – mostly storage items – and there is still some figuring out to do, in terms of where everything is going to go. I have grand plans for the place but my imagination may be bigger than my budget. We’ll see. At the moment I just want to get everything cleared and tidy and habitable. I want to be able to have friends and family over and not have them stepping over boxes.
I want my home to be happy and comfortable and cosy and colourful and a place where I feel safe and content. I want visitors to feel the same. I want to decorate to my own tastes and not be dictated to be fashion or trends. I want it to be slightly cluttered (I don’t think there is much chance of it being anything else!) but in a good way. I’m not into the whole open plan kind of living. I don’t like the spartan or minimalist look. Basically, if I could transport Kelly Rae Roberts’ décor into my own house, I’d be pretty happy 🙂
I am so very grateful to have my own home. I still wake up sometimes and think “Wow – this is mine!” and it is very hard to get out of the rental mindset, that I can actually do what I want now and no one has a say in it except for me. I also sometimes wake up and think “Oh God! I have to look after this on my own now and pay for everything!” which is a little scary. But I guess the “new-home-owner” panic will subside eventually.
Sorry for the sporadic and not-very-interesting posts lately. Haven’t had time for crafting or much of anything and it’s going to take me a while to get sorted and back into the swing of things. But when I do, watch out! 🙂
Take care, everyone x