Five weeks later.
I'm still wallowing in the delight of our lovely kitchen. We now have four new chairs to replace the 50's retro chrome and plastic ones, and we are waiting for a holland blind to be installed. This replaces the 40 year old curtains that were on the floor to ceiling window. God I'm glad they are gone....I got to hate them in the last few years! The windows in the lounge and dining room have the same curtains, and I am looking forward to getting rid of them too, in due course.
The solar panels are connected and generating electricity, and Energy Australia tells us that our next electricity reading should be a quarter of what it has been. We are getting a tree lopper to come and chop off some branches from some of the larger trees on the west side of the house that overlook the solar panels, and that will increase the amount of sunlight they get.
Ken's finches and canaries are mostly surviving the cold winter, although they've lost many of their babies, but that is to be expected from these birds which are native to a tropical climate in northern Australia. We're surprised that even the adult birds have survived so well. The chooks are all feathered up after their long moult in autumn, and are laying enough eggs for our use. The cats are the cats. What else does one say about them?
Ken's health is fairly stable. I am so thankful that he retired in time to avoid being exposed to such a cold winter, as I think he would have had a lot of time off work otherwise. He keeps himself occupied with his new car, the bikes (rides on fine days with his mates), looking after the birds, and doing small maintenance stuff around the house. We have a gardener come every couple of months to mow the lawns, whippersnip edges, and prune shrubs etc. because Ken doesn't have the strength for that now.
Apart from when we go out somewhere together, I spend my time reading, sewing, chatting to friends (mostly on the phone in this weather - it's been too cold to go out for morning/afternoon teas!), and the usual cooking and housework.