15 December 2015

Hold on to your hats!

 Here is a photograph of the main area of the "new and improved" Stollenkeller.  This was, naturally, the room that sold me on this particular house when first we viewed it back in early September.  Please ignore the crazed gentleman wearing his pajamas in the mirror.  He came with the place.

Well, after several less than pleasant and extremely busy days -- and I can definitely tell that I no longer have the lower back of a 20-year old -- I am able to catch my breath and take a few impromptu shots of the interior of Totleigh-in-the-Wold.  For your viewing pleasure, then, here are two of the new Stollenkeller.  

Still lots to unpack, but at least the wargaming table has been set up, and the cats -- siblings Gunnlaug and Onyx -- gave their stamp of approval by occupying it immediately as is their wont .  Tomorrow we tour the Young Master's new school, where he'll start in January after the Christmas and New Year's break, meet his teachers, and meet the school principal during the middle part of the day, so I get a reprieve of sorts.  Once we are home, though, it's back to the salt mines unpacking his books and things and getting his bedroom squared away.  

The ground floor of the house, save pictures on the walls, is all done thanks to the apparently superhuman efforts of yours truly (we only just moved in yesterday), and the next priority is the Young Master's room.  He seems to be handling the change like a trooper without too much difficulty, but it's time to hang his solar system from the ceiling, get out most of his books and arrange them, and unpack other things that have been boxed up since mid-June.  

Probably won't really get to unpack my soldiers and things until Christmas Week, but that's ok.  At least we are together, in the house at last, and now able to spread out a little.  Ahhhh. . .  We are very, very fortunate despite whatever frustrations life throws our way.  Something that has been on my mind quite a bit in recent weeks.
 
-- Stokes


A closer in shot of the built in writing and painting desks with plenty of overhead lighting and power outlets for computers and painting lamps.  Relax!  The three boxes shown contain files and course materials.  Nothing exciting.


And finally, a wreath for the front door of Totleigh-in-the-Wold.  Please ignore the "who knows what it is" just above the wreath.  Yours truly has not yet had a chance to don the hazardous materials suit and see to it.


20 comments:

Der Alte Fritz said...

It looks like a significant upgrade in the Stollenkeller with lots of space and wonderful built ins for painting. Congratulations.

Jim

El Grego said...

A wonderful home - the hard work (and sore muscles) is returning a nice dividend.

tradgardmastare said...

Give You joy of your new Stollenkeller and I shall be thinking of the young master today.
Alan

Wellington Man said...

Awesome, As they say in these parts. What a magnificent war room!

Prufrock said...

Brilliant! You're going to enjoy that space, I'll wager!

Xaltotun of Python said...

Yes, I think I would like a room like that.

Conrad Kinch said...

Palatial stuff Stokes. That looks excellent. I look forward to seeing it in it's full glory.

joppy said...

I am extremely envious. I have to make do with the spare bedroom, which is often called into action for its proper use.

Bloggerator said...

Perfect.

Happy Christmas.

Greg

A.W. KITCHEN said...

Pleased to hear your settling in okay , that room has lots of wargaming potential ! , Tony

jmilesr said...

Congrats on the new house and the splendid gaming / hobby area!

When my son was 2 years old we moved from New Orleans to Maryland right before Christmas so I have an idea how stressful that can all be - good job getting through it all

Paul Robinson said...

How I envy you colonials and the large basements you seem to have. That looks like a terrific room and one that I could see myself spending a lot of time in if it was mine.

Allan Tidmarsh said...

Nice to now you've moved in to your new place and all is going well. Your new man cave is superb - I'm sure you'll spend many happy hours there.

-- Allan

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Very promising, Well done Sir!

A J said...

Nice and roomy, definitely an asset for wargaming. And I know exactly what you mean about back trouble. Moving house is not for the weak or faint-hearted.

Si Bath said...

Looks like you're in clover Stokes!! I look forward to more news from Zum Stollenkeller in due course.
Best regards,
Simon

Neil Moulden said...

I'm looking forward to some more of your wonderful battle reports in the future not that you have such a wonderful hobby room.
Cheers and happy Christmas.
Neil.

Whiskers said...

Jealousy from one who is about to lose his limited gaming space to a large fir tree.
Here in the UK I feel lucky to be able to occasionally set up a 7ft x 5ft table when the "dining room" is not taken over by computers and sewing machines.

Michael Peterson said...

Well done, Stokes. What a lovely room. Fortunately the Army only moves me in the summer, I haven't done a winter move in a long time. I give you joy of your new home.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Thank you for your good wishes and kind remarks, everyone! We were lucky with the move in that we had a fairly warm day with occasional drizzle. This being Michigan, I feared the move would happen with snow on the ground.

Best Regards,

Stokes

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