Has it really been three blissful weeks since we moved over the hill?? It doesn’t feel like that. I was about to title this post “the first week”, until I checked my calendar!
Moving-in activities are still happening at the Kiwiyarns household. The household arranging is slowly taking shape, crammed into the weekends. It is starting to feel like home. I spent a vast proportion of this weekend cleaning (the dirt, oh the dirt – it just keeps turning up!), planning, reorganising and finalising the final furniture “need” list, which has now been whittled down to one more bookcase and a cupboard to store the linens. This house came with hardly any inbuilt furniture, so I have lost a lot of storage space.
I have learned a few new things this week.
E-cloths (also generically known as microfibre) do actually live up to their name. The good ones, that is. I have been able to clean the entire bathroom cleaner than I have ever cleaned any bathroom in my life: the water marks have lifted from the taps, shower fittings and walls – even the glass shower door! They sparkle as if brand new! All with only an e-cloth, water and a bit of elbow grease – no chemical cleaner needed! I am very impressed. Windows have been washed and are sparkling clean, I have been able to shift stubborn, grubby marks from the walls, and the dining room’s wooden floor now feels smooth and clean and walkable with bare feet.
I found a beautiful wooden bookcase at an op shop (charity store you may know it by for those overseas?) It was water stained, but the structure was sound. I decided I could repaint it and then it would look as good as new again. The paint ended up costing the same amount as the bookcase(!), but it was a fun weekend project, and now I have a lovely white bookcase to add to my design room furniture! I also now have a healthy respect for master painters.
I used Resene Half Villa White in a Lustacryl base. I ended up needing to apply four coats of paint before I got the finish I wanted. An entire 500ml tin! Good thing the weather was hot and dry this weekend.
Unexpectedly, I learned about how to properly apply paint in the process. My eyes glazed over when I went into the store to find paint. So many types! Which one should I choose!!? The hardware store salespeople were very knowledgeable, and helped me choose an appropriate base coat sealant and top coat, and instructed me on how to apply it. I was given instructions on adding a small amount of water to the top coat paint so that it went on smoothly. The brush should never feel like it is dragging. The cheap brush that I was clutching was taken away from me to be replaced with a nicer one that had finer bristles, which I was told would give my paintwork a much better finish. Reminded me of knitting tools somewhat… I also got tips on how to clean the base coat from the brushes and how to get rid of the resulting muck with as little environmental consequence as possible (apparently, methylated spirits will evaporate. Leave the jar in a quiet corner, and it will all disappear and then you can get rid of the jar you cleaned the brush in without tipping chemicals into the water system). What a nice bit of knowledge to acquire! Such great service too! (Mitre 10 in Petone, in case you’re interested).
Then the boy and I went to Warehouse Stationery and bought another bookshelf (on sale – it was a bargain!) We had a great time putting it together. He especially enjoyed hammering in the nails.
As a result, knitting has been a lot less than normal. I have nearly finished a pair of socks that I am very happy with. They are themed after the Chinese New Year, using a vintage stitch pattern that I rather like. The design is a little different to the norm, and I am pleased. It may make a nice change for you too – to “ring the changes” in your regular sock knitting, to use an old-fashioned phrase. I hope to finalise the design next weekend, if all goes well. I’m using Whimzy Sokkusu O in Firefly. Such a lovely canvas!
And finally, we took an evening stroll in our new surroundings. I thought you might like to see some of the pictures. I loved the way the light of the setting sun cast a gentle haze over the fields. This dairy farm is heavily irrigated – hence the lush, green pastures. We have water restrictions at the moment… I wonder how that affects dairy farmers?
I find the country landscape to be intensely beautiful.
Features that inspire, their organic structures impossible to replicate.
A splash of colour – wild peas growing beside the road.
I wonder if there will be snow on those hills in winter?
I would hazard a guess that if one could see ultraviolet, that this field flower would be almost flourescent in its brightness. As it is, it stands out, vibrant against the green grass.
The sky is so big, so wide! I feel like I can spread my wings and breathe freely! Can you hear the song “Country road, take me home, to the place where I belong…!?” (The kids groan when I decide to serenade them with my cheesy song while driving along the road to home). The boy was taking a great picture of the new moon. He got a Canon camera for his birthday, and even though it is a beginner model, it has a most excellent zoom. I am jealous!
My shoe then very inconveniently broke, cutting short the walk. We turned and shuffled back home, enjoying the beginnings of a rosy sunset.
I love living in the country.