This weekend the house has taken a really big jump forward, we have proper, bone fide, plasterboard walls! I can’t get over the difference this makes to the look of the house. The pictures below were taken at about 6.15pm which gives you an idea of how much light was coming in and being bounced around by the beautiful white drywall!
Looking at the room boarded out (and noticing that Stephen is over 6ft tall but there is a lot of space above him) makes me realise just how high these rooms are. I’ve always known that 10ft high would be tall but seeing it is very different. It really does add to the feeling of space and light in the house, the feeling of airiness I’d always dreamed we might have.
But my favourite thing about the walls is how beautifully they frame the windows and the view.
This is the view I’ll be waking up to full time in just 7 weeks. When I realise how close we are I feel like I can’t breathe, the longing to be there is so strong. We are just so close, it is fabulous but unbearable at the same time. I have to remind myself that the wheel will turn and life will move forward. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time.
This beautiful place became truly ours on December 22nd 2010, in the old calendar that is the beginning of the new year. This year we will be handing back the keys on our rental house and fully beginning the new chapter in our lives on October 31st, the end of the year begun on the winter solstice. I don’t think this is a coincidence, these dates are another reminder to me of the rightness of our move, of the feeling of the fates aligning. As my Dad says, the gods are with us; I really believe that.
Soon our shelter will be ready, we will be able to snuggle down and hibernate for the winter, but there is still some work to do. This week the main floor concrete is being polished, stained and burnished, the upstairs drywall is going on and the house will be ‘mudded’. In addition to all this we’ll be getting an electrical inspection that (if we pass!) will allow us to get electricity onto the land. We’re also welcoming Stephen’s Mum and Dad who are coming out to help us. Stephen’s Dad is a phenomenal carpenter and all round building genius so he’ll be building a bathroom vanity, some bookshelves and fitting the kitchen. Oh and doing some tiling. Maybe building cubbies too. And a bench.
There’s work to be done and cakes to be baked, those chaps have got to be bribed somehow. Expect more pics of progress later this week!