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Toronto!

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and plenty has happened in the meanwhile. I already mentioned in my last post that we found ourselves a house in East York of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and we’re setteling in nicely. The neighbours are all very friendly and we’ve been donated plenty of super useful things.

The hardest part so far has been unpacking; all of our stuff had been re-packed by the moving company so we don’t know which box holds what. Apart from that, we got rid of almost all of our furniture in the UK, so we’ve been on more than one hunt to find replacements. And there was a ton of paperwork to do: for our house lease, energy bills, health care applications, changing over my drivers licence, applications to mailing systems, re-energising my Etsy shop…..and the compulsory hiccups. TV and Internet being fickle. Not being able to find anything. A washing machine flood in the basement and blocked water pipes for 12 hours. Our banking cards not having Visa. Our visa card having a stupid low limit. Transit lines being interrupted. Being caught out in the seasonal downpours. The heat. The humidity!

The best part has been all the space we have to put things in. I’m especially loving the garage and I’m finally getting round to more than one DIY project. We’ve already repaired our antique fan, I’m currently still stripping our media unit (which turned out to be a very nice English Walnut) and refurbing an old pidgeonhole cabinet to go into my office space. There are still a pair of rusty folding chairs, a camera with studio stand, a black chipboard cabinet and a white kitchen cabinet to attend to. The latter two were free curbside finds and will be part of my darkroom outfit.

I’ve also gotten round to ordering my wetplate chemicals from two Canadian sources. Initially I thought getting this stuff in Canada would be very difficult and truth be told, the pricing of some of the ingredients (silver nitrate- $95 for 50 grams – GULP! Lucky I brought some with me!) would make me think twice if I wasn’t into wetplating already.

Now I still need a decent enlarger and to set up my scanner somewhere to process all of that film I shot in previous months. And then there is still more film to develop! So much work to be done!

 

Summer, downtown Toronto

Summer, downtown Toronto

It had to be done

It had to be done

Horrid black paint - stripping

Stripping paint

Mid-century look

Mid-century look with a brand new sofa, antique fan and curb-find box

The office, still barren

The office, still barren

 

Moving abroad

Hello everyone!

I hope you’ve kept busy in the last few months, because we’ve sure been at it! Over the winter months, we’ve been selling off / packing up the house in Cambridge, UK to go into storage as we prepared to go live in Frankfurt am Main, Germany for a little while, in anticipation for another house move to Toronto, Canada to take place early July.

Why Germany for a few months? It’s a long story……feel free to ask me when you see me. And why Canada!? It’s work related, as ever!

We took a few trips within Europe, to soak up as much history as we could – these are only my mobile phone photos as my scanner is still underway. I have shots numerous rolls of 120 film and cannot wait to see them up on my screen. I would recommend going to all of these places by the way – especially Berlin and Carcasonne were amazing, Pompeii is not to be missed before it crumbles back to dust! Wroclaw is a beautiful historic city, but not amazingly big so a weekend will be enough to see its highlights.

So now we are settling into Toronto. We landed, as planned, on the 1st of July. The weather has been good and the people are super friendly. We seem to have already bagged ourselves a house (A house! OMG! With a garage and garden! Can you feel my joy!?!?) There is still plenty to do before we are fully up and running again, but I’m looking forward to it!

 

France; Carcasonne and the Cathar Trail

 

Germany; Visit with our friend Martijn in Berlin

 

Italy: Ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum

 

Poland; Historical city of Wroclaw

 

Sydney!

On the 25th of September we arrived in Sydney, Sean started working on the 28th and the house hunt was fully on. We looked at on average 5 apartments on each Saturday, and at least another 5 during the week. Each application got handed in in timely fashion, with a huge stack of paperwork – and it seemed to make no difference as we got turned down time after time. The Australian rental market seemed a bit of a mystery to us as there do not seem to be any clear rules on how to get yourself a place apart from entering into the grand lottery and wish for the best!

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Luckily, with about a week to go (and panic setting in!) we managed to find ourselves a place near Bondi Beach. Yes, you read that correct. BONDI BEACH! The place is not as big and bright as we would have hoped for maybe, but then again, that might not have been a realistic expectation in this area on our budget. The apartment we are renting is in Gould Street, in a period building with high ceilings and plaster ornamentation, as well as a steep rusty staircase out the back which takes you to the shared laundry room.

 

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The place is near enough fully furnished, with thanks to the Sydney auctions houses where we got most of our new stuff from. All 3 I have been so far were lovely and big, with varied goods and regular sales. We have also been going to the Rozelle market which was lovely and Bohemian, the market in Bondi, which was not great we have to admit, the farmers market in Bondi, which was not too big but lovely stuff being on sale it makes it well worth the trip and Paddy’s markets, both the one in and outside of Sydney city center. Both Paddy’s markets are huge and remind us a lot of the markets in Hong Kong with fruit and veg going cheap, as well as the china imported toys which might break when you look at them and all the other compulsory tourist tat.

At this point, late November I have started buying stuffs and selling on Ebay again. This time I have also opened an Etsy Shop, for stuff which IS for sale, but I do not care if I don’t part with it for another good while 🙂 You can find me on both Etsy.com and Ebay.com.au under the name ‘theforgottendiaries’

I am also in the process of re-vamping the site. Be on the lookout for removals, additions and more blog posts!

 

 

 

 

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