Today I started moving into the outside building that has been converted into my home office, and it has really been exciting!
But I'm also realising that the colour scheme that I wanted (blue, white and black) is not going to happen overnight, if at all.
I did manage to paint the wall a light blue colour which I like, and think it's going to be very soothing for me as I work.
But a neighbour gave me this lovely bench, whose insides is also a storage chest. The bench was made less than six months ago, and has a lovely bronze velvet fabric covering the seating area. The colour does not match my scheme, but it would be very silly for me to change it to try to conform it to a colour scheme in my head.
And Baby thinks the bench works really well with the maroon and grey scatter cushions, and the hand-made reed mat, which is a gift from my sister-in-law Pontsho.
But I am going to paint my desk white, get the big black leather chairs that will help me get really comfortable while I work, and later in Spring, invest in black and white floor tiles.
So furnishing and decorating the home office as I like will take time, but it will get there. And I'll share some pics once it's done.
Living Life, Rather Than Watching It
Meanwhile, Baby (aged 11) is valiantly trying to keep busy doing real life stuff during her mid-term break.
She finished her homework and there's some irony there: her task was to watch a DVD of a fairytale and then write a summary of the story, in Afrikaans.
Afrikaans is our third language. Or rather, it's one of the languages we have to learn to get by, because South Africa has 11 official languages, and it's smart to make sure you can at least ask for help in all of them. And Zulu is the second most used language in SA, so we really have to learn that one.
Baby also went through her bead collection and found that she had enough left-overs to make me this bracelet.
That was Monday and Tuesday. This morning she decided that it was time to organise my books and DVD collection alphabetically.
I personally think I have a very odd baby: whose bookshelves actually stay organised in alphabelical order?
But, it will keep her busy for a while, and maybe along the way she'll find some interesting books that are appropriate for her.