When you move with a Brit, the very first thing that must be set up in the new house is the tea making corner. This is our alternative tea set (kettle, teapot, and cubed sugar) because we still need tea at the old place.
Unpacking, especially when half your stuff has been in storage for two years, leads to thoughts of old friends. This mug is merchandise from my friend John Fleming’s book, Fearsome Creatures of Florida.
The Brit works hard—much harder than I do—and basically moves all the garage stuff on his own. It helps that the new house has built-in tool cabinets!
The first makeshift seating is for tea, of course, in the breakfast nook.
Loading my clothes into the car—it is an in-town move, so we don’t bother with all the fancy boxes, like wardrobe boxes—I sing the anthem of all movers: “I have too much stuff!”
Some family members are less than impressed with all the changes, and appear only briefly, with confused and outraged meowing.
Others take advantage of down time for much-needed rest.
Eventually the real teapot is unpacked.
And hospitality is extended to the birds.
Family heirlooms find their spots.
And the room that made you fall for the house reminds you of its charms in the late afternoon.
But don’t get too comfortable: the unpacking will go on for days (even weeks!) and there will always be that dreaded box…