Friday, December 11, 2015

New house equals new home

We recently moved house AGAIN! Still in the same town. We just needed something bigger. To be quite honest our previous house had an exposed beam ceiling... which don't get me wrong was beautiful and a talking point when guests came by for the first time but whoever originally designed and built the house needs to be kicked in the knackers! Do not, I repeat... DO NOT build a house with an exposed beam ceiling in Central Queensland or anywhere that does not snow at least once a year! We suffered through two and a half summers in that sauna and even though it had a pretty big air conditioner, it barely took the edge off the heat which wasn't worth the electricity used to run it. Anyway the will to avoid another season of torture outweighed the strong reluctance to move house for the fifth time in 4 years!

Which brings me to our new house. It has a few minor downfalls as every house that you didn't build yourself has but it is a very big improvement for us. On top of all the advantages and perks we knew we were in for, I didn't really realise how much the house really contributes to a "home". I always believed that it was the people you share it with and potentially a woman's touch that could really make any house a home.

There really is only so much any woman can do to make a house a home in high 40 degree heat. In the new house I can actually handle being in the living area and kitchen in the middle of the day! I can bake! I can clean! I can potter about doing what it is that anyone does through the day like getting jobs done. It is still such a novelty for me. Unpacking has been a breeze and getting into the Christmas spirit is just so much more enjoyable!

Everyone just seems happy here. The entire family is thrilled to have an acre to spread out on. To explore and play but also not to have your neighbor's window two meters away from yours. And it has a huge big double glass doors with two large windows either side on the eastern wall of the living area over looking the large open back yard. The light is just so beautiful, so natural and lifting.

Through all the chaos, clutter and sorting of moving, it already feels more "us", more like a "home".

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