It was now Advent in 1991 – the period of time that includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve – and we were now well established in our new home in Bloxham; and this was our dining room – with my wife’s handmade crocheted lampshade hanging over our dining room table.
My wife had our blue and pink curtains (blanket interlined) beautifully made at “Sharlyn Interiors” in Bloxham – http://www.sharlyninteriors.co.uk – and they were truly beautiful curtains.
Since the kitchen wasn’t large enough for our second table, we split the living room into a second “dining room” and living area; here my wife’s second handmade crocheted lampshade hangs over our German Christmas Pyramid on the table.
Another photo of our “dining area” within the living room, and in this view you can see the nice fireplace and mantel – with the antique mirror hanging over it that my wife purchased while I was at Cannon AFB, NM, upgrading to the F-111G.
This is a nice view of the pink curtains that were made by “Sharlyn Interiors” in Bloxham – http://www.sharlyninteriors.co.uk – a reverse image of the curtains they made for the dining room.
Our piano was placed along the living room wall directly across from the fireplace; and although we put a lot of furniture into the living room – it was very cozy and comfortable for the three of us to enjoy.
There aren’t many photos of me or of trips around the Cotswolds during this phase of my assignment to RAF Upper Heyford; as I was busy upgrading in the analog F-111E and then shortly afterwards to the digital avionics and GPS “AMP” upgrade to our aircraft.
The other end of our living room was actually just that – a living room – with our TV in the armoire kept out of sight and the couch placed across the sliding glass doors to the back yard – which we didn’t use.
My wife’s hand crocheted curtains – now in their third house in just two years – were hung in front of the sliding glass doors; and the dark brown curtains came with the rental property.
Full circle to complete the five cent or “nickle” tour of the main downstairs rooms of our new home in Bloxham, we now arrive back at the piano once again; and despite the whirlwind that had been the past few years for us, we were doing fine and keeping our heads above water managing all of the changes that came our way as a family.