Friday, 28 May 2010

Normal service shall resume shortly....

... Honest!!

Wow, I can't believe that we've been in our new house for nearly a month now. Slowly, things are coming together, boxes are gradually unpacked, and our family starts to find its new, everyday rhythm.

We have a HUGE amount of decorating to do.

Our living area is starting to come together. We still need some coffee tables, another bookcase, curtains etc, but it's starting to feel a bit more homely.

Do you notice the sofas?...

Meanwhile, the rest of the house looks a little like this :

we're doing one room at a time while the occupants sleep in one of the 'spare' rooms. It will take a while, but we'll get there.

The children have done so well in adjusting. We have lots of phonecalls, emails and skyping to friends back in the UK, but I am so proud and amazed at how well they have coped with all the change - not least of which has been having to speak (and learn in) Dutch all day at school. It's not been easy, but they are doing so very well.

I'm too busy at the moment to take stock of things really, I'm trying to find my feet, decorate a house, remember to speak Dutch to everyone, look after the children, find my new 'place', make friends and work out the health system here to really stop and let things sink in. That will come. I miss my friends dearly and am yearning for company, but I know it will be baby steps, one at a time. Until then I have a visit of my closest friends to look forward to in September!!

I've missed blogging! Really have, but when my workroom looks like this

you can understand why there's not much 'making' going on at the moment, and it's only this past week that we've found our routine again. Hopefully things will settle down soon and I'll be updating a lot more regularly. Till then, please be patient with me!



  1. Your new home is really starting to look lovely. It will take time but the Dutch are generally a very friendly people [we have lots of Dutch friends] so I'm sure you will soon make new friends.
    A x

  2. The house looks great, looks like its really coming together!! Hopefully we can come visit soon, and Holland can be Ethan's first abroad experience! x

  3. Your house looks fantastic - and welcome to Holland. Hope you settle in quickly.

  4. Your blog is beautiful! I loved it.

  5. Your house is looking good - hope you soon settle to your new life.

  6. So glad you are back! I was a bit worried since your last post was about a hospital visit!
    Maar we kunnen ook in het nederlands praten, begrijp ik nu? Welkom in holland!
    lieve groeten, een stille volger van je blog, Maryvonne,
    ps misschien wonen we vlak bij elkaar?

  7. So lovely to 'see' you! The house looks great, so much space and so many books! Can't believe you got two of those beatiful sofas, mad jealous! xxx

  8. Welcome back! Glad you're settling in well. Your new living area looks fabulous, especially with those gorgeous sofas!
    R xx

  9. your house is looking great
    love the sofas