October 29, 2018

Life after the Big moved

We moved exactly a week after I retired at the end of May. It was a big move at this stage of our lives, but we have moved many times since we married. Most of those moves were in different countries! 

Anyway, it has been over 4 months since we moved to Canberra. We arrived in the middle of Canberra's winter which was very cold and some nights the temperature was below zero and icy in the mornings. Luckily the house is warm and comfortable. 

We bought some new furniture, but most of the furniture we already had. Some of it is our treasured furniture we brought back from the Middle East. It's important to be surrounded with familiar things. Apart from setting up our new home, I joined the gym, the ACT Basketry and the Canberra Quilters.

We have visited some local music events, galleries and drove down to the South Coast a couple of times as well. 

I'm keeping up the online workshops with India Flint. I'm trying to get back to finishing many quilt projects I have started over the years. Already I've started a couple of new projects too!

It is now late Spring in Canberra. We went through lovely Spring blooms right here on our street and throughout Canberra. Yes, we are settled in well here in our new home and city. We get to help with our grandchildren on a daily basis and some weekends too. 

Icy flakes from car window

Family room in the early days

Old bar stools in new kitchen

Music event at the German Club

First basket made at ACT Basketry

Dyeing as part of online workshop

Finishing one of the quilts I started in Melbourne

Twenty-Five squares bag

Playing in my new Treehouse studio

Altered and dyed jacket for online workshop

Nearby walking track 

Our beautiful street in Spring

We have also started building on a block of land we bought 7 years ago on the South Coast of NSW. It could not have happened at a better time. We are now only 2 hours drive from Canberra. We won't get much done before Christmas though. Patience is the name of the game. 

I have many more photos to share with you on the next post. So don't give up on me!

Until next time


Penny said...

Lovely to hear of your new city and home. Looking forward to more.

taiqi said...

Looking forward to more blog postings from you. Your jacket from India's class is lovely.
Will you move permanently to Seabird when it is finished?

Needled Mom said...

It looks like you have settled in nicely to your new home. I have loved seeing your basket work and seeing that the dying is continuing in your new surroundings. It all looks so pretty.

I'm sure that you are enjoying being involved in the grandchildren's lives too. That's the best!

Looking forward to more pictures.

Unknown said...

Congratulations Natima on your well earned retirement, and the big move!!
Have not been following blogs for a while, so was rather surprised and excited for you and hubby! Well done to you both, and what a bonus for your family in Canberra.
Love to hear of all the workshops you are taking part in online, very inspiring indeed. With time on your hand, I am sure you will take to the textile/quilt scene in Canberra big time, not to mention your international followings! Will keep looking out for you, and be inspired at the same time!

ARTISUN said...

Oh Nat, your finished quilt is spectacular!! You put the most wonderful fabrics together for the background LOVE!! I also adore the asymmetry of it all. And your first basket is delightful. I especially love the colors you wove with as well as the handle treatment. Bravo!

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