Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Things Are Lookin' GOOD in Exeter!

Long time since I've posted, but it's just been busy as we continue to organize our new lives in a new country. Big news of the day is that I've got the new Bernina sewing machine all set up in the guestroom, in its new Horn sewing cabinet, with my new Horn cutting table right alongside...hooray! Can you see the EQ6 Upgrade box on the left in the pic below? Still in the box, but I'm hoping to get it loaded up before long. Also, the cutting table is in its folded up position, with my laptop and the attachment box for the new Bernina on it in this shot, but BOY is it huge when it's open! This is going to make my life SO much easier...
And here's Patch, watching Wall TV, at last. The little hole in the wooden retaining wall used to be home to a blue tongue lizard, but lately it's been the hidey-hold of both a little bunny and a large skink (smooth-skinned, shiny lizard, for those who're wondering). Patch stares at this hole for hours, gets his head and arm into the hole feeling around, but no disasters...yet!
And here's Alfonse, enjoying the wide open spaces on our driveway. The sun broke through this afternoon for a little while, and all the cats had a wonderful prowl around for an hour or two, then returned, on their own, to their little chook house for a snooze. All's right with the world!
The party for our friend, Garry, went off without a hitch on Saturday afternoon/evening, with 23 old friends gathering here to wish him well during his short visit to Australia. A wonderful time was had by all, and it was a great shakedown cruise for DH and me...it's always strange to throw your first party in a new house. Of course, all 23 congregated in the kitchen the entire time!

Our architect came on Monday to draw up the plan of the existing house. The renovations and extensions begin in earnest in the New Year and will take about a year from start to finish, we think. I told her after Saturday's experience, I want the new kitchen to be right in the middle of the living room!

Christmas will be here at our place on Monday, with DH's family joining us...8 for lunch...coolish, showery weather is expected, but there will be no complaints from any of us...this drought has been going on much too long for anyone to be whinging about a few raindrops!

Happy Holidays, everybody!

7 comments:

Jane Ann said...

Lookin' good is RIGHT. I'm so impressed with your toys (love that Bernina). I know you love being abot to finally settle in to your new sewing space. And what a unique Christmas this year. Hope it's especially happy!

Jane Ann said...

Uh, make that "able" to!

Clare said...

Now all you have got to do is to start sewing!

Happy holidays to you too and catch up in 2007.

Tonya R said...

Those cats look great there in the big outdoors - hurray. I have sewing machine/cabinet/table envy. Enjoy them! Merry Christmas to all.

Libby said...

Wall TV -- isn't fun they can occupy themselves for hours at this *s*

Katie said...

They sure are looking good. Thanks for the pics. Kitties are going to love their new home.

Sweet P said...

Your sewing area looks great. The cats look like they are settling in well.

I like your idea of putting the kitchen in the living room. Sometimes I wish my house was set up that way.