Questions and answers: my home

"Kas tohiks paluda tuuri teie kodus? Kolisite ja tundub, et olete rahul, sest kodust kui selliselt Sa eriti ei kirjuta. Ikka on ju huvitav näha, kuidas teiselpool maakera eeslinnaelu välja näeb ;) Paar pilti seest ja väljast oleks tore :)" cristal

"May I ask for a tour of your home? You moved and it looks like you're happy because you don't really write about your home as such. It would be interesting to see what a suburban life looks like on the other side of the world ;) A few photos inside and out would be nice :)" cristal

We live in quite an average New Zealand home: three bedrooms, an open-plan living room and kitchen, and a garage. We rent, so it's limited in terms of what we can do with it - I've asked our landlord's permission for every picture I've hung on the wall etc - but most of the time we're pretty happy with it. 

It's got retro-fitted ceiling and floor insulation, and retro-fitted ventilation ducts in all rooms, so although it is single-glazed with old, leaky windows, compared to the rest of the homes I've lived in New Zealand (five of them) there is no problem with mould or dampness in the winter - something New Zealand homes are (unfortunately) notorious for.

There is The Kid's room with its simple wooden furniture...


The bookcase is anchored to the wall, an earthquake precaution



...The Girlie's room with the cot The Man built and some shelving...




...our bedroom which, by choice, we've kept clear of any picture frames, bookshelves or knick-knacks - it's just a very straightforward place to sleep, plus drawers for keeping clothes...



...a long hallway to connect the rooms...


...towels outside a bathroom - blue for boys, white for girls...


...and now that I've stuck both kids in bed for an afternoon nap, our living room.


There's toys on the floor, toys on the table (The Kid hides any toys he doesn't want his sister to play with on surfaces she can't reach), towels on the kitchen floor to protect the carpet from the mess my children make when they eat, a wooden cupboard we removed doors from after too many children kept getting too many fingers slammed into its gaps, without any chairs as they have all been hidden in the laundry to keep The Girlie from climbing onto furniture - but all in all, this is what life with kids is like, I guess. A general, soft-core mess.

Outside there is the front of the house, a quiet street in a valley nestled between hillsides...


...a couple of feijoa trees we've just planted and irises flowering along the fenceline...



...a deck outside a living room door where ducks come to demand food...


...a back yard where my children roam and clothes and nappies hang on the washing line almost all day, every day...



...and one of the favorite things about this house - its back fence. Or, to be precise, what's behind it.


It's a kind of a communal... walkway along a drainage ditch. There is no public access to this area, so only residents of the houses whose yards back onto this farmland can get there.


It means that we frequently have neighborhood children walk past our back gate and wave on their way to or from "back fence adventures". Several duck families bring up their ducklings here, so often there's ducks swimming in the ditch, and eels. A couple of primary school aged boys who live two houses down from us are like pirates, sometimes, the way they tear down that ditch in their imaginary battle games.


Then there's farmland and cattle right on the other side of that ditch. Our neighbors feed them with silverbeet tops.


The land has been zoned for flood management - meaning, when it rains heavily they want somewhere where water can pond without having it all go down the drains right away - so we know that it will not be subdivided, not in the next few decades at least, so for as long as we live here, there will be farmland right behind our back fence.

7 comments:

  1. tnx! mõnusa pesa olete leidnud :) toad paistavad valgusküllased, minu arvates on see nii oluline. ja see aiatagune - super! edu!!

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  2. Nii vahva on see kõik ! Mis sellesse rôskusesse puutub, siis Uus-Meremaal väga ei armastata majasid soojustada, ilmselt seetõttu ta ka tekib. Mm, ja mul tekkis isu feijoa limpsi järgi, mida ma Uus-Meremaal alati jõin.

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  3. Nii vahva on see kõik ! Mis sellesse rôskusesse puutub, siis Uus-Meremaal väga ei armastata majasid soojustada, ilmselt seetõttu ta ka tekib. Mm, ja mul tekkis isu feijoa limpsi järgi, mida ma Uus-Meremaal alati jõin.

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  4. Süda tõmbus kokku pilte vaadates!

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  5. It's a nice wee house, it reminds me of the house where my grandparents lived when I was a kid.

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