So much to tell you

We have been so busy since my last post, so this one’s going to be a long one with lots of photos, no actually, I’m going to do a few posts and just back date them 😉

But for today’s post… We are moving! We’ve found a 10 acre rental property just 20 minutes walk from our current location. The landlords are lovely and keen for us to do whatever we want (as long as we pay for it and don’t expect them to, which suits). It’s a very exciting time. There is a 5 bedroom house which we will share with Buffie and Kain. There will be a craft room and an office so lots of space for everyone. Buffie will be bringing her horse Sparky, there are already some chickens, roosters, geese and ducks on the property. We would like to add to these flocks and also introduce some sheep and possibly a cow, and I do believe Buffie mentioned she’s going to buy me an Angora bunny (I think she’s hoping I’ll spin her up some lovely soft yarn, which of course I will – although I might need more then 1 bunny). Anyway… the move takes place in 2 weeks from tomorrow. Before that, Buffie and I will be going to the house to make curtains (the landlords have commissioned us to do them, yay so an entire house of curtains that we get to pick, again, suits). 

SOO EXCITED! At last we will get to put into practice some of our research and book learning, and not on a tiny scale like we have been doing.

Now, look at how our garlic doth grow:


And here you can see the onions and leeks in the other raised bed:

Garlic, onions & leeks

Now for some backdating of posts.



tickets are booked!

tickets are booked, tickets are booked, lalelade tickets are booked!
I have just booked and paid for our tickets to New Zealand, it is official we are flying out on a one-way ticket.

Date: 29 Dec 2006
Flight Number: QF0025
Deaprt: Melbourne @ 12.45pm
Terminal 2
Arrive: Auckland @ 6pm
Terminal I

Our life in a box

So our life (or at least the material possession part of it as my Shazza keeps reminding me), so far fits into half a container and involves exactly 60 parcels and I have the photos to prove it!

Yes we have moved out of our apartment and into Craig’s mums. The shipping company came on Saturday morning and collected everything that wasn’t coming to Craig’s mums with us. It will be stored until we have everything sorted out and a place to live in Earthsong. Wow!

There was movement in the station

So things seem to actually be happening!

Craig and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary yesterday. We had originally planned on going out to the Dandenongs to have dinner at the restaurant we had dinner on our wedding night, it all sounded very romantic, but then after a little discussion we decided that all we really wanted to do was get stuck into packing. So I cooked us a yummy redwine casserole, he gave me a bunch of roses *grin* and we had a lovely night teasing each other, sorting through our life and putting it into boxes.

So what is happening, why the packing?
The shipping company that will be sending our things to Auckland is going to store all of our stuff between now and that faithful day. They will arrive on Saturday to collect our well packed life and taking it away for up to 9 months (hopefully less then that). In the mean time we will be moving in with Craig’s mum in Balwyn.

Yes, yes, we did originally say that we would move back into Hurstbridge but when you have downsized to a 2 bedroom 1 study apartment and then downsized again ready for a studio apartment in another country, you kind of end up with very little stuff, and serioulsy little when it comes to trying to furnish a 3 bedroom house. So we have decided that our life would be much easier if we stored our stuff and just took the basics that we need to Balwyn. This way our Hurstbridge house can be painted and look fresh and clean for prospective buyers.

The only problem with this plan is there is lots to do, I’m still not quite as fit and healthy as I like to pretend (and aside from finding packing to be very daunting on my own), and I simply get overwhelmed with the actual physical stuff. But on the plus side, I have organised all the power, telephone, internet, water, mail redirection etc etc etc that all needs to be done (and burned mp3’s of a bunch of music, just in case the shipping container sinks), so things are getting done, you just can’t see them like you can piles of boxes 🙂