After spending 2 nights in the kennels whilst the tree fellers were sorting the trees out, Juzzie spending some quality time with me - in the last few months we have both noticed that he has suddenly become an old little man
I know it’s been almost 10 weeks since I last posted a blog or have done a general update on my site but for the first 5 weeks or so that was totally out of my control - as we waited for Telkom to set up our telephone line and ADSL. The next 5 weeks was totally my fault because as soon as they had connected us - I ripped out the line… but wait, before you shout at me and ask why did I do that - let me explain myself.
The lady whom we bought the house from (and her late husband) had, in all their wisdom, decided that almost every room - including the garage downstairs and our outbuilding at the top of the property needed to have a telephone connection. Don’t ask me why, perhaps it was because her husband was suffering from Alzheimer’s and they felt the need to have a phone in every room - in case he forgot where he was? Not sure that would have helped though but still…
So in my haste to clear the excess cords - and going against Chris’ wish to let him help me (I thought, I can do this…) well I was wrong - by the time I had cut all the cords, boom - no telephone connection, so some more money and another Telkom call out and another few weeks later and tah-dah, we’re up and running. Moral of the story? If you have someone like Chris in your life, accept their offered help and never forget, ‘haste makes waste’!
Truth be told though, I haven’t really been forthcoming with anything I felt needed to be said on my blog - the huge gap in waiting for our ADSL didn’t help much but I have felt the last few months have been taxing on my mental well-being. We had just unpacked our rental in Gordon Road, then packed it up again. I was so sick towards the end of the last year and then we moved into a smaller than what we’re accustomed to home - so figuring out what to keep, donate and store has been an ongoing process - I in fact made our first donation to the SPCA yesterday.
I also had visions of painting every room and unpacking as we go but I am slowly starting to realise that it can’t all be done in one go (nor on your own) and that these things will take time - patience, a virtue I am trying to adopt - the tree fellers have just finished removing 3 1/2 trees, one of which put the one side of our house in complete darkness for most of the day, and clearing the gutters - it’s such a pleasure not having to switch a light on to see whats going on inside the house during the middle of the day. I wasn’t too happy about removing trees but it had to be done, next on the agenda is to start my veggie patch where the massive Mango Tree had been. Trees removed, tick box.
Our former kitchen that will eventually become our scullery, laundry and pantry is almost all stripped out - just need a plumber to come in and connect our new sink and sort connections out for our washing machine and dishwasher - so we are getting there. Slowly but methodically.
Do I mind that the house is half painted, some boxes are still packed and that most of our art is still bubble wrapped and scattered around - I did at first but now I don’t mind so much. It’s slowly starting to feel like home. Durban is starting to feel like home again too. Chris has been hard at work with the business and I’d prefer that that is where most of our energy needs to be focused on or else there’d be no home! Some days are better than others but we are finding our rhythm and going for it.
In the ensuing Telkom limbo, I started yoga again - which is helping both body and soul. I am certainly feeling more calm and relaxed, sometimes sore too!
We also treated both sets of folks to a new Weber over the Easter Weekend - yes, that meant two consecutive braai’s on as many days but we didn’t mind as the weather was perfect in both Pietermaritzburg and Durban - plus it felt nice treating four special people in our lives.
So in a flurry of creativity, I posted a few blogs, some recipes, media and vintage finds - I know to be a blogger one has to constantly be posting but sometimes things happen that are out of your control and if your internet connection is down at home, it’s ok (I know I could’ve gone to a cafe or such and used the free wifi on offer - but the thought of sitting there with my laptop and sipping coffee whilst surfing the web has just never appealed to me).
So some weeks and months you may hear from me more so than others - I need to realise there is no pressure to put something out for you to read - but persevere I shall or else I will slip into my reclusive little comfort zone (which is always beckoning me with open arms).
I am off to the beachfront later to treat myself to a walk along the promenade - from Ushaka to Blue Lagoon and back - a nice 11km or so and then to meet up with my dearest Nush for drinks this afternoon.
Until next time,
We are on the move, again! Say hello to our new home!
It's no secret that Chris and I have moved around a lot over the years - either for work purposes, as our family has outgrown our rentals (read: acquiring more pets) or if we've had landlord issues - and then we finally bought our own house in Johannesburg, at the beginning of this year. Sadly things change - as per life, these things happen - but the opportunity to start our own company, that would buy a franchise in Durban was too great a deal to miss out on.
We've been in a rental in Morningside since arriving here in early August but as previously mentioned in another blog, it's just too big for us - not the property size per say - which is about 1/4 the size of our property in Bramley but the actual house. It literally takes me a good part of a whole day to clean: Yes, no domestic worker or gardener for us - we fortunately (or is that unfortunately?) are both control freaks and find it hard to let go of anything, apart from ironing - that gets done at the local laundromat down the road!
All rentals we've stayed in aside - which have always served as a means to an end - has made us realise what we want and don't want in a property to buy. The house we bought in Johannesburg had last been sold in 1968 - so we are the third owners of that house, I know it may sound silly but knowing that the house has not changed hands often is what attracted us to it. It was a family home right up until we bought it - it had never been rented out - not to mention the 43m long driveway, sprawling front and back lawn, the century old Oak Tree in the front garden that I can hug without my hands touching, it even has all the keys to every single cupboard in the house.
See?! Super long driveway and one can even see the top of our massive Oak Tree peeking over on the left
It's now a rental to us and I have made peace with that. It's an investment for our future
Chris mentioned to me that a house had come onto the market a few weeks back in Glenmore, an area we both adore from an architectural point of view. In relative terms it's a new suburb - formed in and around the 1960's - think mid-century style, sleeker lines and newer types of materials used in construction as apposed to Morningside, Umbilo, Glenwood and Berea, which are as old as Durban itself.
Our current rental was built in the 1890's and most of the properties in Durban's older, central suburbs suffer terribly from Wood Borer - unless the owners have totally gutted their home and rebuilt - which is sad, as you lose the charm of these older homes but in some cases there's no other option.
Back to the Glenmore house that WAS on the market! So we went and had a look-see at this house - turns out it was master-built by the current owner's late husband in 1969 - 70, i.e. the house has never been on the market before now and has never been rented out - ticked a box. It is above road level, another box ticked. It is a corner plot, another big box ticked. It has a huge but shallow swimming pool, another box ticked. It has the classic garage under the house design, another box ticked. Does it need a bit of sprucing up, yes and is it in good condition? Absolutely! Bar replacing the oven and stove and a coat or two of paint, and freshening up the open plan en-suite - oh, and fencing in the property at the back - which just goes to show that Glenmore hasn't earned a reputation as being one of Durban's safest suburbs for no reason if an elderly lady could stay alone in the house without an enclosed back yard!
It also has one of the most well supported community watch forums in Durban - so I shall be baking treats to sell at the stall they have just around the corner every Friday afternoon - with all proceeds going to Blue Security who actively patrol the suburb and have been doing so since 1997.
So... one cheeky offer placed, a counter offer made, we counter offered that offer and boom! house sold to us!
See below for some photos of our new soon-to-be home, obviously the decor is not ours, but just to so proud of both myself and Chris that we've managed to not only start a company this year but have also managed to buy two houses - feeling very blessed and scared and excited and everything all rolled into one!
Our deposit has been paid, all lawyer's documents signed - just have to wait for transfer - which should take place in January.
So, do I have the energy for one more move? Yes!
Could I potentially have a mini-breakdown in the process? Maybe...? Let's see how it goes.
Just thought I'd share our good news with everyone reading.
Until next time,