I have been planning this for sometime now but it was only today that I found the time to make the big move.
Some Chinese believe it is not auspicious moving home during the Chinese New Year period and we are onto our 6th day of celebrations today with 9 more days to go. The Rollas however scoffed and said these rules don't apply to us Banjarans from India.
So we waved goodbye to where they were residing the past year and a half i.e. the dining room and moved, rather gingerly I might add, to what we all (Rollas, Fafa and I) thought was a perfect spot for a permanent site.
Here the house sits in the corner of our living room on an antique sewing machine base as if it has been custom made for it.
Truth is I bought this base and 3 others for a song more then 20 years ago at an antiques market in Jakarta, Indonesia. The market however had a reputation for selling reproductions instead. Back then, I didn't really care whether they were authentic or not especially considering the price, and this one in particular did not even have any markings.
I even thought the wooden pitman rod was a repair job to replace a missing cast iron part! It was only now that I found out that there were many models of antique sewing machines which used wooden pitman rods instead of metal ones. Even if it was not old then, it is now, after 20 years with me.
More importantly, at this new location and for the 1st time in one and a half years, the house finally enjoys natural lighting. The Rollas are thrilled and so am I.
It may be a miniature house but the effort is no less mammoth for me especially as I am not the sort who likes moving things around just for a change of scenery.
Meet Ms Piggy, I am lazy that way.The one in the picture? I bought her from my sister's shop, probably made in India. Can you tell she'll be sitting on that cushion for a long long time to come?
Just like the Rollas House in that spot.