It's been a couple months since my last update, but there is good reason for that. At the beginning of December I got on a plane and went to The Netherlands with nearly all my possessions in two large suitcases and a small carry on, plus my two cats in a kennel which they weren't too thrilled about.
Throughout the month before that, I was busy packing up things and selling nearly a whole apartments' worth of stuff. You can't bring furniture onto a plane to Europe so it all had to go. This included my trusty oak shelf that has been holding my collection for the last two years I've been in that apartment.
Unfortunately for my collection, I had to put it in storage at my mom's farm. But that's not to say they'll be there forever - I just didn't want to ship them now when I would have had nothing to put them on at the new flat in Rotterdam and all the other moving craziness going on. My boyfriend, who I just moved in with, and I had to put a whole empty apartment together after I got here (including painting over the ungodly bright purple walls the previous owners had EVERYWHERE). Dealing with several thousands of dollars worth of fragile model horses at the same time just seemed like a bad idea.
Fortunately, it'll only be a few more months until I am reunited with them and can get them boxed up and shipped out to the new place to be with me forever. I'll be going back to the US in March and not only that, will be attending BreyerWest with my best hobby friend Rachel. I've never even thought of going to BreyerWest before but being as she also moved this year just an hour away from the venue in Portland, the opportunity was there and we took it. She was the person I went with to BreyerFest in Kentucky this year.
Anyways, I am without horses and with no shows planned except for BreyerWest. BreyerWest is Breyer OF and CM only - no resins or Stones or anything - so Rachel and I have come up with a strategy of easy to transport, cheap models to get a full show string in a short time: OF minis! We've been loading up on Stablemates over the last month or so, and before I left I shipped all of mine to her. Here's just a few of the new ones I got:
There are many more, and more to come, too. Rachel is keeping an eye on them for me until we show at BreyerWest. Very exciting!
In any case, it'll be pretty quiet here model horse wise until then.
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