Earlier this year, my husband applied for a new job in a regional area and we found out a couple of months later that he was successful. We had talked about moving to a country location for years but job opportunities in his field, in the areas we were looking at didn’t come up very often.
So when something did finally present itself, we made the decision to at least give it a go while our children are still young. We know that if we let this opportunity pass us by, we would always have that dreaded “what if?” hanging over our head. And if it didn’t work out, we could always move back.
Well, this was the great plan.
I have one more year as a stay-at-home parent as our youngest will start kindy next year, so had carefully listed all the time-consuming renovation jobs to be completed by the end of the year. Things like finish sanding all the skirtings and door trims, prime and paint. Replace all the window winders (80% of them were broken). Spray paint all the flyscreens to match the new trim colour. Fix all the external windows and paint all exterior woodwork on the entire house. To name just a few (seriously, our list was 8 pages long).
Well, my 12-month plan flew out the window and we somehow managed to squeeze it into 2 months to ensure we’d be ready to sell our house in time. To say we were utterly exhausted by the end of it is a massive understatement. I have never felt so sore, tired or OLD!
We were lucky enough to sell our house after one open and two weeks later we were packed and ready to move. I piled our 3 kids, 4 chickens and pup into my car and we drove 5 hours to our new town.
We have been here 2 months now and so far, we love it! We travel 6 minutes to get to work/school, the town is large enough that it has most of the shops we’re used to and our children have settled into a very welcoming school without a hiccup. We feel incredibly lucky to have moved so smoothly.
I have finished the unpacking and things are finally getting back to normal. I want to say a big thank you to Bel who has been so incredibly patient and understanding throughout all of this.
I feel like the first half of this year has flown by in a nano-second. I am slowly melting back into normal life and reconnecting with all the things I love – DIY, gardening and thrifty cooking.
So, as I go back through my photos I’ll start showing you all the random things I got up to this year from a tonne of home DIY projects like replacing window winders, painting bathroom tiles and fixing fly screens, to travelling with chickens, budget-friendly meals and meeting Costa at a Diggers Club workshop.
It’s been a busy year!
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