Saturday, 19 January 2013
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.
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.
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.
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?