We are kind of settled into our temporary home now. Well, as settled as you can be when the corner of the back veranda is stacked high with boxes, and every day you rifle through a box trying to find something. Hannah is loving having her own bedroom for the first time in 10 years and has arranged the furniture just so. She makes her bed beautifully each morning, and heaven forbid anyone leaves something in the wrong place. It is lovely to see her put her mark on her room, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does when she decorates her bedroom once we move back to our farmhouse. Toby and Meg are enjoying a little more space in their shared room as well, though the lack of cupboard space has meant we have had to be creative about storing their clothing.
The kitchen here is a lot bigger and more modern, and we are getting used to the idea that it is possible for two people to fit in it without rubbing backsides. Living the dream I know! We have the internet, and a dodgy land line, though no tv reception (which is fine – we don’t watch a lot anyway). All in all our temporary abode is more than adequate, though it definitely feels temporary.
The kids are struggling to keep themselves entertained here. At the farm they spent most of their time outdoors building cubbies, riding bikes and motorbikes, and having adventures. Here we are a little more confined because we don’t own the land, they can’t just set up complex cubbies or explore in the same way. They would never admit it, but I think they are ready for school to go back if only to give them some structure. I have dragged out all the Lego and am sorting it out for them, so they can build lots of the sets we have, and I’m encouraging them to get their craft stuff out, but I can see that they are missing home.
Meanwhile, it is full steam ahead on the extension. Watching the frame go up is exciting because we see progress every day. Of course, there is a lot more to do once the frame and roof are on, but after years of planning, I’m loving seeing our ideas come to fruition.
The next few months are going to be a challenge for the whole family. For CB and I there are decisions galore, while for the kids there will be times when they are going to have to go for a long drive and sit in a showroom while we make choices. We have boxes of books, spare linen etc piled in the corner of the back room which we are going to avoid unpacking. We need to juggle the demands of building with our family’s needs.
On top of this, the farm still needs CB’s attention. The animals still need feeding and looking after. The garden still needs tending, and as always, there is a myriad of other jobs that need to be done. With school starting, we need to get the kids down to the farm to catch the bus each day as well. We are doing our best to bring calm and predictability to an unsettling time.
P.S. the photos have nothing to do with this post. It was a beautiful sunset the other night, so I grabbed the camera and snapped some pics.