moving house, naming priorities

This is my house, we’re putting it on the market next week:
Brede-Haven-Panorama-Full
It’s a marvelous house! Historic, at a canal in the historic city of ‘s Hertogenbosch.

Lots of pictures at the end of this post.

One month ago we were having a talk, just checking with each other about how are you doing, how will we be doing the next five years, are there things in the running of the house hold we should change. And out of the blue my husband says that, actually, he’s ready to move. Move away to the country side. He’s done with being the custodian of the inner city, of the history. He would like to live a more internal life for the next decade. Focus on living together in a house, in nature.

This suits me fine. I will miss the city life. I am fond of city spaces and how people use and experience the city. But I am more fond of my husband and I would like to explore this new adventure with him.

Health wise I have now found my optimum. I am not well but I am functioning well enough. It means I have to set priorities and living in a quiet house, somewhere in nature, will nurture me more than an interesting city that offers impulses all the time.

In the past four weeks we have decluttered the house and done all the chores we’ve been planning for years. My husband is delighted with the space and room we have found. As am I!

For the first time in my life I now tidy up after myself. And enjoy it.

Look, this is my attic studio:

You see my press in the far right. I am going to use it soon, it is at the top of my priority list.  Wood block reduction prints. And blind printing.

Being an artist is my top priority, it’s my “daily duty”. My other “daily duties” are fighting manure fermenting and biomass plants; co-running the house-hold; managing my health and social engagements.

These are the things that have a place in my every day life. House hold and health are every day things. They get combined with one of the other three. So each day I determine: is today a day for social fun, for making art or for fighting pollution? That’s how I start my day. Because of my health it is OK if this main theme doesn’t get my attention until 14 o’clock, because that’s about the time my body gets going.

Besides three things that have priority every day there are my hobbies. These are my past times. My sit-down-and-enjoy-the-moment-things. They are luxury and are meant to be enjoyed. They are particularly enjoyed in a nice decluttered room!

My hobbies are knitting; spinning; quilting; ceramics, sewing clothes and doodling. For ceramics and sewing lessons there are fixed days in the week, because I have lessons in a studio. The other hobbies I do as I feel like them. But I should do one every day. It makes me happy.

So that’s how I do my days now, and it fits my health profile.

Here are some more pictures of my house. Lots of winter pictures somehow…

View of the bedroom at the back, over the river Dommel:
achterzijde uitzicht oliemolensingel winter 2018

view from bedroom at the front, at a Winter night:brede haven straatverlichting 1e verdieping uitzicht

My cat wants something….lillepoes wil kattengras

Poekie enjoying early Spring in my back garden:poekie in de tuindeur

Spring 2019, I saw how the harbour at the front made light dance in my bedroom door:weerspiegeling gracht op de eerste verdieping

Poppies at my front door every year:
poppies bij de voordeur

View from my bed room at the front across the whole harbour towards the inner city of Den Bosch:winter kerstboom buren brede haven 2018

View straight ahead from the first floor bedroom at a Winter night:winteravond 2018 brede haven den bosch

Sun rise at an early Winter morning:zonsopkomst winterochtend brede haven 54

Full winter panorama of Brede Haven ‘s Hertogenbosch:
Brede-Haven-Panorama-Winter

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