work/play, this week

Angela, a plastic beauty celebrates her birthday with “rainbow” play dough delights.

This week, some kind of normalcy ascended over our clan.  Home was, sweet home, not a concept about a place that we were still hoping to inhabit fully.  We have begun to collect some new memories about this space with its brick home, perched above the grandeur of Bass Strait.  We’ve had our hands coated thickly in the soil, rich fertile soil a reddish brown.  The first red wine stain has persistently marked the carpet from an evening with friends.

One afternoon we all sat, rested, watching children’s tv and drinking tea.  The house did not smell like paint, more like the washing drying inside while more Spring showers ripped across the skies.  The weather failed to tamper with our spirits, instead we embraced the coziness of a fresh living room.

This week, we gathered at the beach and the big clumsy dog explored the seaside hamlet terrain leaving his scent about the place.  The little black cat left a rabbits paw by the front door.  We answered questions about the new house with positive notes of “settling in” and really believed it.

This week, there began a fresh file of fiction on this laptop.  We made “rainbow” play dough, and Angela the doll had a birthday party on the new dining chairs with a colourful array of salty treats followed by a treasure hunt through the nooks and crannies of the house.

This week, another job is on the horizon; work/ play mingle like friends and old routines wend with new.



Author: Lucy Taylor

Explorer of writing and place, with roots in the beautiful North West coast of Tasmania. Mother of wild boys, and wife of another. Blogging for another place to write about things that interest me and guide me. Also working on a novel and available for freelance copywriting in spare moments.

5 thoughts on “work/play, this week”

  1. We moved about six months ago and it does take some time to get settled so the new place feels like “home.” The play dough and doll’s birthday looks like you’ve made it your own place. Fun times!


    1. Thanks for reading! It’s nice to hear from another recent ‘mover’. You do have to alter your way of living a little hey. Playdough now finds it way onto carpet- aha, the joys! No seriously, it is good embracing kiddie moments, mess inclusive.


    1. Months!! I think you might be right. All wall hangings are currently at floor level here and our thumping great weight of a kitchen table still lives in the shed… aah but our new rainbow dining chairs (matching playdough attached) are great in their makeshift place. Celebrating the small wins! Happy new home to you too Naomi !


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