|In full housework regalia (and by housework, I mean building the house - plastering walls, putting on cornice, architraves, skirtings, and painting!!)|
It was worth the weeks of hard work to get it to that point. On the way - help from friends and family (my wonderful brother-in-law, Warren, came down for a week's "holiday", just to help with the plastering, and other friends helped with the clean up, shifting furniture, and other things that I really couldn't manage alone) made me feel very loved, and wonderfully connected.
|Wazza risking life and limb above the stairwell!|
|Reno - glam girl!!!|
|My plasterwork... ready for painting|
|Finished - Doesn't it look beautiful??|
We celebrated with a "renovation-warming" party in January... Which was quite a spectacular celebration! For me, after not months but years of "makeshift living", to be able to welcome friends and family into my space and have them celebrate with me was something very special and memorable. We barbecued, ate, drank, laughed, sat around an outdoor fire, watched the kids running around in dressups, and playing with glow sticks and sparklers. My belly dancing buddies and I performed (whoo-hoo!!) & then lots of the other girls, from the ages of two, to seventy-two (as well as one adventurous boy - who some of you have met on these pages, so I will dob him in - blogging buddy, Andrew Cook ) joined in just for the fun of it!
|My beautiful Barnevelder Babies!|
On a personal note, there seems to be quite a poetical symmetry between these physical and practical developments and the emotional and relational shifts and changes I've been going through at the same time. During the time house renovations were being sorted, property settlement and divorce details were amicably arranged. As with the house, it is not all quite complete - but the important parts are in place, and all is well. I mentioned that I had not been well for the latter part of 2012, and this has also resolved, and I'm feeling better than I have in a very long time. On multiple levels, there is a sense of resolution and of moving on. It is a nice season to be in!