Saturday, 19 January 2013

Tree-Change...

Tree-change

Lots of people dream of moving to the country, I think those of us who have never actually lived in the country have a romantic notion of what that actually entails. For many years we have spoken wistfully of a tree-change, a chance to enjoy fresh air, space, a slower pace & an opportunity to drive our 4wd in the manner in which is was intended to be driven. With both the kids settled & happy in primary school our window of opportunity was closing, in fact we realised that it was probably now or never. In a few more years we would need to bribe the kids with a whole lot more than a puppy & some chickens & once they were in high school the last thing they would want to do would be to move away from their friends. So suddenly the dream was being discussed in terms of what we needed to do to make it a reality.

Tree-change

After the school term wound up in December we did a bit of reconnaissance. The Macedon Ranges ticked all the boxes, an hour out of Melbourne & a train line to get you there. Lovely country towns & a wonderful food culture. Lucky for us, the stars aligned & within the space of 2 weeks we had found an amazing school that had places for both the kids & a lovely home with a dam & enough space for my future pet alpaca herd or at least a pony for Willow. We could move just in time for the start of the new school year & so boxes were packed & that's just what we did.

Tree-change

So 2013 is our year of change & adventure. Of learning about fireplans, water tanks & animal care. It's the year we find a place for ourselves in a new Community & share that with our dear friends & family who are now that bit further away. This year we step out of our comfort zone & hope that we will be rewarded for our bravery.

Tree-change

So many questions are yet to be answered, the current one on the table is whether to buy a ride on mower or sheep. Perhaps we should put that to a vote?

Tree-change

20 comments:

Lexi:: PottyMouthMama said...

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!! I can't wait to read more about this new life, I'd love to move to the country. Yes. That's what I'm talking about. x

thornberry said...

Congratulations on following your dream and making the move. The Macedon Ranges really do tick all the boxes. Best of luck with your new life!

Corrie said...

congratulations! enjoy! can't wait to share the journey through your blog. yep we've dreamed about it and wish we could do it.

so exciting for you all

Corrie:)

Kirsty said...

Perfect!

Just pea green mate - can't wait to see you. x

Michelle said...

I am so happy for you Christie! I know you are going to be super happy!

Buy a scythe, sheep get sick and ride on mowers break down.

xx

kristi said...

it's always wonderful to hear about dreams being made and dreams coming true. i say sheep, much sweeter to look at from the windows of your new home.

Shannon said...

Im excited for you and your lot! Ponies, alpacas, birds, trees...just remember to keep them far from me when I visit!!

Mel said...

That is unreal! Well done to you guys for just bloody doing it instead of talking about it and never just taking that leap. What an amazing adventure for all of you.

Andrew McDougal said...

Sheep. If only for the better blog material they would provide over a ride on mower.

One Flew Over said...

So thrilled for you guys.

Thoroughly excited about the prospect of the Alpaca herd - pigeon pair yarns!

Can't wait to visit xx

Andi said...

I am so inspired! That is a seriously brave move and so so wonderful.
Good for you!!!
xx

Victoria said...

WOW! So funny, I saw your intagram recently and thought, I have to go and get C's email to check if they really have moved! I'm happy for you all. Only today I had coffee with a girlfriend and she's talking about moving down the coast - we discussed when it was that we stopped living dreams..... it appears not all of us have!

Julia said...

Wow! That was a surprise! Congratulations on your tree change. With great courage comes great rewards. Enjoy it. x

Vida said...

No mower, no sheet - GOAT - Roger can make cheese and yoghurt and the kids can milk it/them x Must put you in touch with a mutual friend living there with kids the same age as Ryder and Willow or thereabouts. A beautiful family that I know you'd love and they would adore you guys too! x x x

Vida said...

PS my friends with a farm in Maldon can put you onto the guys who they got their Alapacas from who were great! x

Susan said...

Congrats on the big move! Your place looks gorgeous!

jack sprat said...

Well done for making it happen, such a brave move & I'm sure it will be a fantastic one for you :-)

Anna said...

Wow, congratulations! What an exciting move and such a big adventure. Can't wait to read more about it :)

1001 remedes naturels said...

I wish you all the Best !
Congratulations, you have try a big change.
Read you soon
Julie

Tahnee said...

oh christie! I missed this one - how fabulous! what a wonderful way to start the year, new adventures awaiting you all :) I hope you are enjoying all that fresh air and peace and quiet x