My own private Havana. Well almost. Once I install the stair gate on this home office door to keep Charlie from barging in every five minutes with a new toddler request.
As usual, the single bread-winner is has to work in the only room without air-conditioning, although it is the middle of Southern Hemisphere summer and the sea breeze is coming in strong. At 25km/per hour precisely since 5am when it blew the garden shed door open and this novice sailor checked Willy Weather , a website most of my seaward friend have downloaded onto their phones.
It is seven nights since we first moved into this four-bedroom house, and I have since found it was originally built as an Anglican Church holiday camp, hence the A-frame ceiling and functional caterers kitchen layout. Stayathomemotheroffour has been been up since 7am pruning all the dead branches and leaves from the garden and in a few hours I will be free from mowing large boring, water inefficient lawns belonging to other people.
Last Friday our new desk arrived and this the largest desk I have had since 1997. Two meters by 1.5 meters and originally advertised as a wooden rectangle dining table with four tree-trunk like legs. It was the display model and had a minor, although visible scratch on one edge of the table top. At only AUD128 it was a steal.
During the same shopping trip we also purchased two bar stools for the counter in the kitchen, although the kids kept unnecessarily climbing on them and so they have been moved in to my own private Havana. Alpha and Bravo now perch on them sensibly and are learning to use their new laptops and the frustrations of everyday internet use. By sharing the same desk, this allows Stayatworkfatherofthree to assist with technical problems without having to leave my chair. Also easy to monitor the content they are consuming. At the end of the session, we can close the door and that is that. A right regular home internet cafe!
Nothing says Hemmingway like typing under a ceiling fan with sea breeze, humid sun rays and a collage of densely packed foliage outside every window. Accordingly, we have placed the two green retro tubing banana lounges on the western wall to encourage afternoon sun tans and separated both lounges with a small six-pack ice box to double as a side table for tonics.
Well this is only the first week at this new desk, new room. We will have to see what becomes of it over the next four seasons. With the new moon, we have only a few minor cleaning and mowing tasks to complete at our previous residence before we return the keys to the agent. A new unencumbered start in our new home and Bravo is finally turning seven years old this weekend a day before the new school year starts. A new page indeed.