Making Do

On Tuesday, a twenty foot shipping container arrived at our new house. It contained a mixture of things stored away since we first left for Germany and things brought over courtesy of the University of Queensland.

It’s been well over two months that the four of us have been living from two suitcases and a portable cot. The same four or five changes of clothes, the same bedtime stories, a small pile of bibs and a bundle of carefully selected knitting needles; this outfit saw us through several weeks in Sydney, a month in a rented granny flat and two weeks in an empty house where we supplemented the arrangement with borrowed camping gear. It was, at times, tiresome to say the least. However, I also did find it rather liberating. It’s so healthy to be reminded that our stuff is just stuff. I also found it just a little exciting. Being low on play things (for both grown ups and children) and high on time to fill meant being more resourceful. I quickly fell in love with Brisbane City Library. The nearest op shop supplied us with craft materials, a three dollar ice block mould and a blender for milkshakes and baby food. Some glue, pavement chalk and the odd sticker, and we more or less kept ourselves in thrifty fun for two long months. If I’m honest, this is the kind of fun I always plan but never make time for when Lego or Play School are at hand. And while I’m thrilled to be reunited with my sewing machine and the remaining ninety percent of my wardrobe, I hope I’m less inclined to think of these things as any more than stuff.

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4 Responses to “Making Do”


  1. 1 Christoph Luttenberger April 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    sooo cute! Theodore looks adorable and Rose has grown so much! waaah! we should skype soon. Glad to hear you have your stuff back. I recommend “Things we lost in the fire” on this, great movie!

  2. 2 margareteaudrey April 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I’m glad you finally got all your belongings, but I love the doll house you made and extremly cute Theodore, of course!

  3. 3 Gerri Frederiksen April 23, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Clever girl, Ally, to make the most of the things around you…very liberating indeed!
    Love your thoughts and all the wonderful photos…keep them coming!
    Love Gerri

  4. 4 Mirjam April 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

    When i went to kindergarten i made a dollhouse that looked like the one you made, lovely childhood memories….
    How good to hear that you and your belongings arrived and I hope you have already started feeling at home.


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