“Real people are stereotypes.
Well, wrenching a person out of their environment is on a par with playing Russian Roulette – you can have no idea which previously submerged entity in the persona will surface and leer at you.”
(There are ants in my sugar / Annica Foxcroft)
I landed up in hospital again, for a week, during which time I suffered a few nasty falls. One was tumbling from my bed and suffering concussion and another left me with a broken left pinkie and very unattractively bruised and scraped knees. (I have a vague reollection of  clever person saying something about pride coming before a fall; but I’ll try not to ponder too much on that one …)  I’m glad to be in the hands of a very good psychiatrist and he seems to have me on the right medication to help me survive through this torrid period.

Whilst I was away, my builder pulled out all the stops and I was able to move into my new home. I’d expected to find that the damp had not been cured in my bedroom, so I was very pleased to finally occupy my new digs.

From this, to this:

And my little entertainment area, leading to my passage and kitchen.

I’ve begun fiddling with my little garden, which is a nice view to greet me in the mornings and in which to enjoy my morning coffee. I’ve also brought in a new little friend for Lulubelle. Meet Lily:

I have no idea “which entity in the persona” will resurface, but for now I have no clue and all this newfound freedom has me at quite a loss for what to do with myself. I think I will begin knitting a cardigan for Lulubelle, with the weather rapidly changing.
And I believe I’ll have chocolate cake and custard for supper. Just let anyone try to stop me …


48 Comments Add yours

  1. MaanKind says:

    What a beautiful space to be in!

  2. Hey Cindy! Good to see you back! Your place is beautiful!

  3. MissChris says:

    It is truly beautiful Cindy and so is your new furry friend.
    I so pray for peace and love and most of all lots of fulfillment – whether in the spiritual, liquid or friend form and most certainly in the chocolate cake form!!

  4. Your place looks lovely, warm and homely.
    Hope you start feeling better soon.

  5. WOW!!!!! Thanks for sharing xxxx

  6. Sous Chef says:

    It looks lovely, is that your kitchen up the steps? Glad to hear that someone is helping you cope.

  7. napier says:

    Welcome back, your home looks warm and friendly. Keep well.

  8. Leeswammes says:

    Sorry to hear you were in hospital again, Cin. But your house looks wonderful. Who would have thought those bad-looking rooms could turn out so nice.

    The rabbit looks so sweet!

  9. Hi! So good to hear from you again. Love your new place. It looks very hip and fun. And your garden is fabulous. And of course the bunny is beautiful. I wonder if it will keep those beautiful blue eyes or will they change as it gets older like a baby’s eyes do? Hugs to you.

  10. You seem the type of person who can bounce back from anything, and perhaps be better than before. I like your new home quite a bit. It seems a perfect place for you to be who you are.

  11. Ruth says:

    Cindy, I think I may be in love with your builder – what a transformation! and with your finishing touches truly a home one could relax in, write in, be in. I wish you all the happiness in the world – you deserve it. Here’s to chocolate cake and custard suppers – yum! Oh, and Lily is adorable….

  12. I am so pleased you are home, it is finished and it is sooo pretty! I thought it reminded me of a place in a magazine, what a truly lovely way you have decorated it.. so spiritual and meaningful. No one can stop you now, Cin! xo Smidge

  13. ceciliag says:

    wow lily is extraordinary and I love what you have done with your own space- elegant, rustic, charming, I see House and garden chasing you down for a photo shoot any day! Poor you feeling rotton in the hospital.. but your bungalow looks like the perfect place to recuperate! Take care honey.. c

  14. Brenda says:

    I love your place, Cindy. All that’s missing are friends bearing bottles of Merlot for your cellar. 🙂
    ‘The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.’ – Ivy Baker Priest

  15. slpmartin says:

    So glad to hear some news and that your new home has been prepared so well for you…take good care.

  16. inzwakazi says:

    Awww Lily is lovely…

  17. Love your new little bit of heaven! It looks fabulous, and I am so happy you have a nest now where you can hunker down when you need to. Sorry about the hospital gigs (been there – A LOT!) and done that! Especially glad you have found a competent psychiatrist! One of the more crucial steps in treating the illness!. As a matter of fact, my favorite psychiatrist – EVER – was a transplant from SA – his name is Duard Bok, and he is a brilliant man, and wonderful to work with and helpful, etc., but he went and retired on me!

    I now have another great guy, though, so I am happy. Anyway, good to hear from you and know you are still reaching out to life. and I love little Lily! What does Lulubelle think?

    Thinking of you and remembering you daily!
    XOXO Paula

  18. robyn van aardt says:

    Cindy – your place is stunning- sorry to hear you have had so much turmoil in your life – hope thins improve! Take care! Love Robyn x

  19. suzicate says:

    Glad you have a good doctor and are feeling much better. Your places is lovely. I’ve been thinking about you. Big hugs!

  20. SidevieW says:

    Your cottage has the essence of you. It’s lovely. May you use it as a safe haven to come through this bad patch and into a new life filled with contentment.

  21. A beautiful house: space purely your own. What a year it has been: I hope this poustinia signals the beginning of a great new path forwards.

  22. colonialist says:

    The space was certainly transformed. Wow, hospitals seem to be dangerous places. Maybe a witchdoctor would be safer?

  23. souldipper says:

    When I bought my home, unsure about needing a whole house with two bathrooms (!) all to myself, my best friend gave me this by David Ignatow:

    “My Place –
    I have a place to come to. It’s my place. I come to it morning, noon and night and it is there. I expect it to be there whether or not it expects me – my place where I start from and go towards so that I know where I am going and what I am going from, making me firm in my direction.”

    Your nesting abilities are astounding!

  24. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m so glad you are on a mend. Falling out of bed and getting concussion does not sound good. And however did you type this with a broken finger! Your home is beautiful. I love your new bedroom. What an amazing transformation. And your new friend is very cute. xx

  25. klrs09 says:

    Cin, I’m glad you’re back. Your new home looks lovely, I hope you take time to recover fully. She’s a cutie is that little Lily. Hugs, Kathy.

  26. a. m. f. says:

    I so adore your new space…especially the outside garden area. Take care of you ~ hugs ~ a

  27. Sparkle says:

    Hi there Cin! the place looks lovely, I am also interested in your kitchen space. Hope you make a full recovery on all fronts, dearly beloved.

  28. Cindy, I am so pleased that all the worst is now behind you and that you are on the road to a happy new you. Your new home is very inviting and Lily bunny is the perfect addition. Sending you much love, light and a big hug.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  29. matron says:

    You did a wonderful job,decoration is to die for 🙂

  30. Tandy says:

    this is so you!

  31. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely transformation, Cin. I hope you will be able to settle in and be happy, my friend. Thinking of you. ♥

  32. Yay! Missed u so. Up n down right n left directions do emotions flow. U r important to me any place u find yourself pointing.
    Your digs look great btw. Tight hugs

  33. Your place is beautiful, Cindy1 I am thinking about you a lot! I missed a lot in the 2 months that I was Internetless?! Are your e-mail address still the same? Hugs to you and I am sute it will only go better!

  34. nrhatch says:

    Your place looks FAB!
    I’m sure it great to be Home SWEET Home.

    Be well.

  35. dearrosie says:

    I’m also very sorry to hear you were in hospital but so glad to hear you have a good doctor helping you through this period.

    Your little housie looks so cozy. Welcome home! (I LOVe the way you’ve displayed your hats)

  36. Tilly Bud says:

    It’s lovely!

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  37. Tammy says:

    Welcome back Cindy! We’ve missed you and I love your new space. Enjoy the knitting!

  38. Pseu says:

    take care in the sanctuary you have created

  39. nursemyra says:

    I’m worried about your health. Please take care xx

  40. Mal says:

    Thinking of you, Cindy, take care. Love and hugs xx

  41. bluebee says:

    Wishing you comfort and happiness in your cosy haven, Cin – glad you are in the hands of a good mental health professional – take care

  42. yadayadafishpaste says:

    A home should be a sanctuary – especially in times such as this. It would appear that you’ve hit the nail on the head! May you find some peace for your soul there.

  43. Dee says:

    Cindy, you mean a lot to many who follow your blog, be strong for you. Your new place is amazing, as are you. Give life all that you have in you, blessings to you!

  44. bandsmoke says:

    My friend, your home is a reflection of your beautiful heart – much in my thoughts, ❤ Wildie

  45. Tokeloshe says:

    Wow, I love your studio !

  46. Raven says:

    You have a lovely home … an extension of how beautiful a person you are.

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