The Big Move My Life 09 APR 2008

The Fish TankSo just after a week or so of living here in Gordon’s Bay, I can finally say The Big Move is now finally over. It has been a long slog to reach this point but we are now finally at a point where we are properly settled in and feel proud enough to invite people over to our pad.

The point of this little post was to show you around our new place of stay, but because I couldn’t get Chantelle’s camera to work you are going to be given a brief verbal tour before I get on to the (far more exciting) pictorial tour at some later stage.

The kitchen is looking fabulous, all decked out in our new appliances, cutlery and crockery, complete with shiny new washing machine and a not quite so shiny dustbin (which will be replaced when we find something suitable along the way!)

The lounge and living area looks simply gorgeous, the gigantic white corner couch framing our beautiful new orange, brown and crème mat and cordoned off with our beautiful dark wood free-standing TV cabinet. The space between the couch and the kitchen counter has been filled with the variety of pot plants that we salvaged from my flat and a re-configured shelf with a vase fish tank acts as that area’s focal point.

The lounge opens up onto the ‘patio’ area which houses our beautiful dining room table and chairs, surrounded by Chantelle’s antique dark wood chest and my old book rack that I swiped from the flat. Back through the corridor we have the man room, which features all my geeky manga, books and comics stuffed on a shelf to the side of the main work space which is made up of my big ex-lounge table and my desk, slotted together to form a corner desk. This space houses my four PCs, two flatscreen monitors as well as the rest of my electronic junk, all deftly finished off by the various figurines dotted all over the place :)

The bathroom is all neat, tidy and brown, while the main bedroom is all neat tidy and… pink. Well, a shade of pink/lavender or something like that. I just close my eyes and feel my way around that room to be honest.

As you might be able to tell, I am pretty pleased with the way the place has turned out and in all honesty it is an absolute blast to be living in this space that I can only describe as being vastly superior to my old living space in Antoon Benning flats. To finally be on the ground floor, to have a patch of grass which the sliding door opens up onto, to breath that fresh sea air every morning, I can only describe it as sheer bliss. Waking up in the morning next to Chantelle, lazing through the rest of the day at home (on the days that I don’t have to travel into UCT of course), this really is turning out to be rather idyllic, a lifestyle that I am particularly suited to I am quickly finding out!

I’ve gone for short little jogs on the beach, I dragged Chantelle out for a couple of walks and pretty soon I’ll have her pinned down on the tennis court and squash court, so on the activity side of things I am certainly in a good place as well.

Perhaps the only drawback of my new heaven is the lack of my social structure here in Gordon’s Bay, but I’m not to worried about that just yet. After all, isn’t that what cars and telephone lines are for?

The Big Move has certainly come and gone – and it was definitely the change that I had been looking for in my life! :)

About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.