16 July 2017

Change is on the Horizon

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WOW! What a crazy month it has been and it hasn't finished yet. 

As some of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen a few weeks back, we have decided to sell our house and move out of town a bit further. And I thought seeing as I have been quite absent from the online world recently I'd do a post about why we have decided to move.



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While it may seem to some people a little random and out of the  blue, my partner and I have been talking about moving for probably close to a year now. A big motivator has been our mortgage. We started talking about ways to increase our daily (or week to week) savings, so that we could stop living pay check to pay check. Which is never a fun way to live. And so by down sizing and moving further out of town we will be almost halving our fortnightly payments - crazy huh. 

The next factor was Amelia and any future children we may have. Amelia absolutely loves being outside and being on farms (both her grand parents live on farms and she can't get enough of it). So we wanted somewhere that had a bit more land, with plenty of room to run around, climb trees and do all those fun kid things. 

And finally, the ability to live a little more sustainably and self sufficient. Growing as much of our own food as we can, will not only help with the financial side of things, but will also teach Amelia where her food comes from and hopefully will encourage her to eat more variety and better foods. I've been wanting to start a little strawberry patch for her for a while now, and I'm really hoping that by growing her own food it will impart some good eating habits. 

So those are my motivators. And with these all in mind we put our house up for sale and found one that we wanted to buy. 

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And that brings us to today. We have signed the contract to sell our house and I'm busy trying to paint the whole house - I'm at least half way through. It's a long and painful process with people coming in out doing the inspections and bank valuations etc etc. I am glad that we have sold so quickly tho. 

With our house's sale well under way (fingers crossed it doesn't fall through), we made an offer on a little three bedroom cottage that is on just under an acre of land. I am completely in love with it. With beautiful little window seats in a few of the bedrooms, an old slow combustion oven, and gorgeous little sun room, it has so much charm and character and has been fully renovated. The only thing that I don't like is the green and white kitchen. Yep, the kitchen cabinetry has been painted green and white alternating colours. Not the prettiest but also not the ugliest I've ever seen and should be pretty easy to fix. 

A few struggles we will probably face with our change in lifestyle. Number 1, I currently have a walk in robe. And have never lived without at least large built ins. So moving to a house where there are no built ins is going to take a while to get used to. Side note if any of you have some great ideas for how to store seasonal clothes please let me know! 

Struggle number 2. While I have lived out of town and on a farm before, country life is not something that I'm accustomed to. I never ever thought I'd be moving back to the country. So the whole growing our own vegetables thing, is going to be a lot of trial and error as I have no idea how to even start a vegie patch. Plus I expect there is a lot more work involved in these things that what I'm thinking. Hopefully I can do it tho and stick to it.  

Struggle number 3. I will have an hour drive to get to work. Surprisingly this actually isn't a big issue for me. I only work 1 day a week and I used to have to drive 45 mins on a terrible road. So 1 hour (2 hour round trip) on a good highway with not a lot of traffic is not much of an issue but still it does mean more petrol and k's on the car. 

I'm really excited about our change in lifestyle and I'm looking forward to seeing how we embrace our new life. While I'm sure there will be a lot of challenges (more so for me than anyone) and may not be the easiest transition, I hope to document some of those here and on my social channels and hopefully we will overcome them all. 

Stay tuned. 

1 comment:

  1. You will succeed! Plenty of support from family too. Can I help with the veggie gardens please? Looking forward to your descriptions to come of life on the land. Love. X

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