My new home
Wow, it is more than a month ago that I wrote a blog post ... But I have finally moved. And I have had a temporary internet connection since Friday. Our apartment has been completely updated, but it turns out that the brand-new cable sockets are empty. Not good when you have cable internet :(. They also needed to completely re-do our brand-new wastewater pipeline and re-install our wrongly installed toilet. Oh, and I have an oven that I can't use, or we lose power in the whole building ... Yep, the joys of modern construction. Just imagine I would run my embroidery company the same way these builders run theirs :). On the upside: my husband has an ultra-short commute to work. A five-minute walk through the snow is much nicer than a 20-minute drive! So, let me show you where I live and what my workspace now looks like.
With a little over 60 sqm, our apartment is rather small. When you come in through the front door, there is a bedroom on the left. It also has my husband's workspace in there. Straight on from the front door is the bathroom on the left and a galley kitchen on the right. And on the far right is our living room with my workspace. As our apartment is on the first floor, we have a south-facing balcony running along the full length of our apartment. Timmie the cat loves the balcony. Especially as he can visit our nice neighbours on either side. And there is plenty for him to see. To the left of our building is the monastery's farm. To the right is Ettal Abbey. And right in front of us is the cheesery. Local milk is delivered there each morning and turned into delicious cheese, yoghurt, quark and butter.
Ettal is a small village which basically evolves around Ettal Abbey. It currently has 724 inhabitants dispersed over three hamlets. Apart from the cheesery, there is a very fine bakery, but we don't have a village shop. Most people living here either work for the Abbey or are employed at Linderhof (one of the palaces of Ludwig II). The population is rather internationally diverse. The monks currently run a small refugee home (next to our building) and have turned a wing of the monastery into accommodation for Ukrainian refugees. The vibe is quite different from Bayersoien where I used to live.
Squeezing my large studio into a corner of our living room was no small feat! Luckily, we have a dry and warm basement box where I can store my Lowery stands and magnifier lamps that I use when I teach on location. Sorting through all my stash and embroidery stuff turned out to be a good thing. It was the perfect opportunity to give away things that I knew I wasn't going to use anymore. It was also a good time to throw away any WIPs that had been lurking in cupboards for too many years. Everything is now orderly packed away in IKEA's Ivar shelving system. I can set up my trestles or Lowery stand in front of the balcony doors to take advantage of the natural daylight. The dining table doubles as a computer workspace and filming area.
As my apartment is so small, I do not have the opportunity to teach here. Nor do I have the space to stock embroidery items for my webshop. This means that my webshop will be confined to selling digital products, workshops and courses (with maybe the occasional piece of fabric and gold thread). I am currently preparing two weekend workshops for August and September. More details will follow early next year.
Just returned, but already taking the next blogging break :). As we are moving into the holiday season, I am taking a break from blogging again. My next blog will be on the 9th of January 2023 with details of my upcoming workshops. Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2023!
I hope you have a very refreshing Christmas break, and I look forward to reading more of your news in 2023! Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Marina!
Your new apartment looks lovely, Jessica - and what a stunning view you have! I’m sure we visited Ettal when we were last in Bavaria some years back … we made a return visit to Linderhof on that trip. Such a glorious part of the world.
Thank you, Sue!
What a lovely place to be! I hope the teething problems with the new apartment will be solved soon and you will enjoy many years of happiness and inspiration in your new home. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and looking forward to your posts in the new year!
Thank you, Krisztina!
Mary Z in NYC
Your new home is so pretty! Wishing you health, happiness and peace this Christmas season and in 2023.
Thank you, Mary!
I love the light and the views from the window.
Thank you, Darcy!
What a lovely flat, and what views! And I'm sure rationalising your stash makes sense, especially if the larger items you use for teaching can go into the basement box. When I lived in München we had access to part of a proper Keller -- a series of basement cages from floor to ceiling, shelved, each with their own padlock, one of which went with our flat! I was astounded by the housewifely contents of our neighbours. (We had crates of Paulaner...)
Yes, that's the kind of Keller we have too. Very practical. And it is indeed fun to see what all the other parties store in their boxes :).
A lovely interesting place that you have moved to. A tranquil place to expand your stitching. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
Thank you, Irene!
It's lovely! Those shelves look great and I love all of the light. You have nature, interesting people nearby, yummy dairy products....
Thanks, Rachel! I have had this shelving system ever since I first moved from my parent's house. We buy spare parts as and when needed. Yes, they will fix all the problems. It is just such a waste of time and materials. We stick to a cat :).
Congratulations on the move! Your place looks so bright and peaceful. Here's to a happy, heathy holiday and a stimulating and creative new year.
Thank you, Victoria!
Mrs Jan Smith
How lovely to move to such a tranquil place it’ll be great to see it when the snow melts. Daylight is so much better than other forms.
Thank you, Jan!
Morning Jessica, Well you are in your new home for Christmas. It looks absolutely lovely and the views are just gorgeous. From what you said on Sunday's Zoom you seem to have settled in and have nice people around you.
Thank you, Lin!
It looks magical - wishing you a wonderful Festive Season and happy New Year!
Thank you, Penny!
What a perfect and inspirational place for your embroidery business and such a short commute for your hubby as well. Have a lovely break over Christmas and wishing you a happy 2023!
Thank you, Tricia!
Love your Ikea furniture, we have the same, very handy.
Thank you, Lyn!
Thank you, Rachel!
Oh my, is there any place in Bavaria that doesn’t look like it came out of a tourism catalogue? I’m envious of that view.
Thank you, Mina! And yes, we are very blessed here in the south of Bavaria.
Thank you, Debbie!
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