And we LOVE it!!! We will post many photos here but Wendy has made a FlickR set on her account here where there will be many more and she will add to them over the month. (Click on these photos for larger versions.)
We just love that our Samunnat board hangs high and proud in the place it can stay now for a long while we hope!!!
We adore our new workroom which is light and airy. We have beautiful purplecurtains and pale peach walls and the light just floods in. When it is Winter and the days are short and the electricity is off, this will be a boon.
We have sliding aluminium windows and scary looking safety grills and plenty of room to put our storage cupboards and a new table in.
We have space to create our beads and jewellery and separate room to do our packaging and orders.
For the time being, the micro-finance cooperative ladies are using the space at thefoot of our stairs for the banking. When another safety grill has been put on our verandah, this will be their space and we will have a small community library with books about human rights and health and legal issues in this lovely stair space.
Our kitchen is so beautiful. Again, it is full of light with a tap from which water flows! We have a gas burner and have cooked celebratory meals and kaja (snacks)
Some of our family just banged on relentlessly about windows and natural light but it really makes us happy now to see the sunshine in in a way that is not always the way in dark Nepali homes. (BTW, thanks to Steve and Christine for our solar desk lamps. We know these will be fantastic!)
We have a friendly and welcoming office which allowsladies privacy when they talk about their problems. We bought ourselves a new table and cupboards and love that we can look outside onto grass and fields. We don’t know how long this will be the case as there is a lot of building going on but we will enjoy it while it lasts.
Shots of a toilet may be inappropriate for a family blog but we have one and it is inside! Vibrantly coloured tiles, splatters of grout everywhere and a wild blue door. It is a traditional Nepali toilet and clean with water attached.
You can see from the shots of the roof that we are ready for phase two. The scary spiky looking things are in fact the skeletons of the columns which will support the second storey.
In the photo with Kopila, our new rooms will be to the right of her. The whole area will have a roof over it and the area with no rooms will provide a lovely sunny place to have lunch in Winter.
We are excited and happy. I think you can tell!!! Stay tuned for more photos and check out the set on FlickR.
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