Not a particularly interesting topic, but as I haven't posted for a week, I had to think of something to write about.
We don't buy furniture very often. In fact we have mostly bought secondhand items over the years, renovated them or cleaned them up and with a bit of imagination made a comfortable home. The last time we bought a new sofa was about 12 years ago when we lived in Cappadocia. In fact we bought a set...a three seater which converted into a double bed, a two seater, and two armchairs. Even then I searched out a bargain. This set was in a terracotta colour, very plain, and had sat in the shop for some time. Turkish taste in sitting furniture is quite the opposite to mine. They tend to like very bright colours, lots of flowers...the brighter the better. So we managed to get this quite unelaborate set for half price.
It has served us well over the years, until we started taking in more dogs. Our sitting room is quite small and couldn't accommodate the whole set, so the two seater sofa ended up on the balcony. One day Blondie took a shine to it so we allowed her to sleep on it. One morning however we woke up to find she had ripped the stuffing out of the seat. I repaired as best I could, and around about this time Mr A made the bedroom for the four big dogs out in the old house in the garden. We moved the sofa out there, where Blondie and Freddie had great fun removing more stuffing from it. One of the matching armchairs soon joined the sofa and ended up the same way.
We had two sofa beds which were left here by my father-in-law and these were in our spare bedroom. We eventually bought another double bed to replace these, so one was moved out to the dogs bedroom and the other on to the balcony. Eventually the dogs wrecked the sofa bed. The one on the balcony is still fine, but only Monty and Tommy are allowed on the balcony so it has stayed in one piece. The dogs bedroom however now consists of two large pallets made by Mr A which are covered in old blankets and towels. These get chewed from time to time, but are easier to replace.
So our sitting room now had just one sofa and one armchair, plus a completely different chair which I bought from my friend Gwen in Selcuk.
My dream was to have an L-shaped sofa, but they are very expensive, and way down on our list of priorities. Last week I was browsing through a Facebook page set up by people living in the Bodrum area to sell and buy household goods. I spotted an L-shaped sofa in a light tan colour and fell in love with it. It was being sold, along with other household furniture, by an English lady moving back to the UK. It was priced at 450 lira (approx. £130). The make is Istikbal, which is good quality.
I wanted this sofa badly but wasn't sure whether we would be able to get it over to our house. I phoned the lady and she thought we might be able to use a van and driver being hired by another friend of hers to move furniture to Mumcular. It wasn't to be, the man was just too expensive. However, Mr A managed to find a friend with a van who would charge much less but Mr A would have to help him move it. Mr A doesn't finish work until around midnight, but the lady selling the sofa didn't mind it being collected so late.
It arrived at the house at around 2am. The old sofa was taken outside, the armchair found a spot on our bedroom, and the new sofa moved into the sitting room. After coffee, Mr A and his friend set off back to Bodrum, and I pottered around putting things into place until 4.30am. No point in going to bed as the dogs have me up at 5am.
Now we have a lovely sofa and I am so happy with it that I have to keep standing and gazing at it. It is now a completely dog-free zone!