Eighteen boxes empty now, and thirteen to go. A couple of days ago, we had only the brackets up for our shelves – we still had yet to fit the actual shelves onto the brackets. You can see the brackets on the wall to the back, with one shelf up. The boxes lined up in front of the bracket wall are all filled with books.
Yesterday we fitted the shelves and started to decant all our books onto them. Today I finished unpacking my tchotchkes and filled the empty spots on the shelves. Feels so much more like home already!
We plan on putting the dining table at that end of the room. Opposite the shelves is our living area, and the balcony with views of the sea. Today was a beautiful day, a very comfy 26 degrees or so and a pretty clear day too – not as clear as when I was here in July/August, but pretty good nonetheless given the past few murky days. Normally there are a couple container ships in the channel, but today was full of activity. Little speed boats zipping along, a large container, and some kind of ship with crane in the foreground. You can see Lantau Island (where the airport is) in the distance (click to embiggen).
Watching Deuce and Strawberry interact this past week has been interesting. The norm between the two has been as follows – Strawberry approaches Deuce, wagging her tail, making growly noises, lowering her head and extending her paw as if to say hi. Deuce responds by staying stock still and watching her warily.
She’ll then slowly come closer, sniffing, wagging her tail, backing up, and the coming forward again.
As soon as she gets within touching distance however, Deuce makes a run for it.
But today was different. She was sitting in Deuce’s donut, and DH placed Deuce in next to her. Before today, he would simply jump out and run off. But today, for some reason, he stayed. He looks rather unimpressed in the photo, but kudos to him for not running off.
She even got to gnaw on his leg a little, and though Deuce leaned away, he didn’t actually leave.
Is it because Deuce finally has warmed to the little one? Or, far more likely, I think he has figured out that she means extra snacks for him. He has taken to jumping into her play area and scoffing up whatever food she’s left in her bowl. Rather naughty of him, but given his piggy ways, totally unsurprising!