After 3 lovely days of rest, today was back to work. There are only 15 days until the removalists arrive and sooooooo much to be done.
Today, Mum and I headed off on quite the cross country trip collecting cast iron bench ends. Yup. Cast iron bench ends. Julian has a thing for antique cast iron and Mum and I have a thing for these bench ends – they remind us of the girls’ boarding school we both worked at – there were many scattered about the main old building for the students, both as benches and single seats. So Julian’s collecting the ends to make Mum and I single seats which we will plonk at the loveliest spots around the farm.
After hours of driving and bench end collecting, we came home to car packing. Another favourite occupation. Each time it’s a cheerful challenge to see just how much we can squeeze into the back of our station wagon.
This time was pretty epic – after a few hours work, Mum and I (with a little help from Julian) managed to shove in an antique cedar meat safe, an Art Deco bookcase, a farmhouse style set of shelves for the wall, 3 sewing machines, umpteen quilts and cushions, a desk lamp, a vase, a huge glass bottle, all the glass bottled dry goods from the kitchen mantelpiece, the vintage electric jug collection, a suitcase of lace, a bosu balance ball, a vintage bird cage, a medicine ball, the canning pot, 2 deep fryers (one for candlemaking), a set of bamboo steamers, a wine rack, a huge kettle that used to belong to St. Mary’s that I have romantic dreams about boiling up on an open fire after our friends and family have gathered to make apple cider on a crisp autumn afternoon, a 4 kg medicine ball, 2 boxes of lego (that fitted into the birdcage), several paintings, 8 little Ikea boxes of patchwork projects, 4 little boxes of American girl clothes …
I’ve almost certainly missed things but it was an impressive effort. And cross fingers it will all arrive safely.
So tomorrow morning, Mum and Julian head off – they are taking Julian’s motorbike up. Well he is. Mum’s following so that they can drive back to Melbourne together on Tuesday. Isn’t she such an amazing Mum.
Meanwhile, I’ll be enduring another week of night duty with almost certainly packing and errands during those brief wakeful hours in the late afternoon. And Noah will be packing and meeting up for fun times with friends just as all young people should when they’ve just finished school.
But right now, I think we just need to gather under our beautiful oak, in summer’s setting sun, with good food before us, doggles waiting hopefully at our sides, dear little Orpingtons bustling about behind us, and plenty of giggles and silly conversation.
Yes, let’s be still.