A bit early I know, but last weekend here at mummi h towers, the kids and I put up the Christmas tree. Actually, it was more of an oversized prickly 3d jigsaw puzzle, there are no real trees here only fake ones!
As hubby relaxed watching the cricket the rest of us adorned the tree with tinsel, lights and baubles and a great big star on top. By the end I must admit it looked pretty good!
We are getting into the festive spirit early to make up for a not so brilliant Christmas last year.
Twelve months ago we picked up the keys to our first house in Oz and armed with just a few suitcases and the odd toy we moved in. The removal company had “promised” us when we spoke to them in early November that our container (with all our worldly goods) would definitely be delivered at the beginning of December. Well, that was a load of kak, and after numerous frustrating emails and phone calls, we finally managed to tie them down to a delivery date a few days before Christmas. Great, finally light at the end of the tunnel but that was still three weeks away!
So, we’re in a lovely house in a really nice area but we’ve got no stuff! Zilch!! Nada!!! Nowt!!!!
No beds, no fridge, no way of cooking, no washing machine, no furniture, no entertainment (the kids are not starting school until the end of January and have nothing to play with) and of course no christmas decorations!
It wasn’t all bad though. My lovely new neighbour lent the kids some toys and books and dvds to watch on my laptop. I found a really cheap tv on the gumtree and a contact of my mother in law managed to piece together a few bits of furniture for us to borrow (matresses, a small fridge, chairs and some cooking things).
I have never been so grateful in my life!!!
It is also during this period that I first met mummi g.
We had a mutual friend in England and had spoken once on the phone a couple of weeks before we moved into the new house. Without a car (hubby had it for work) I could not go and see her, so a bit embarrassed about how we were living I invited her over to our house. I shouldn’t have worried, we hit it off straight away and she completely understood everything that I was going through. That first day she turned up with a box of lego, a wii with games and a box a baubles!
Those first few weeks were tough to say the least.
We were in a situation that we couldn’t change though so we just had to make the most of it.
Then at 5.30 one evening just before Christmas our lovely container arrived!!!!!! Suddenly we couldn’t move for boxes and furniture etc and somewhere amongst it the decorations!
But, you know, after the mammoth task of unpacking some of it we just couldn’t muster the energy to put up the decorations once we found them. My best effort was to cover the remaining unopened boxes with wrapping paper and make a Christmas shrine in the corner of the room!
That’s why this year is going to be different, in fact I’m going to pretend that this is our first Christmas in Oz!
So, early season’s greetings one and all, here’s to a good one this year!!