Thursday, 9 March 2017

Day three

The following post is from  13th December 2015.

Home !

I've waited so long to be home.

Back with our family and friends and out of the relentless heat of The Pilbara.

Don't get me wrong North West Western Australia is ruggedly beautiful and every Australian should go there if only for a visit.

I've been in every state of Australia and they all have something unique to see but Victoria holds our family and lifelong friends.

This is our third full day at home. My back , arms and legs have muscles I'd forgotten about but as I roll into bed at night happily exhausted I'm excited for the new day .

My body sinks into the softness of our bed and whispers there, there it's alright rest now....My feet haven't worn shoes for weeks and the leather of my Rossi's that keep my tootsies safe while working outside have made my poor old feet ache ( toughen up feet we've got a long way to go)

We've woken to the early morning warbling of magpies while sheep and cows call across the way to the otherwise still of the dawn.

We've mowed and mowed and whipper snipped the house yard and our weeds look much more appealing.

We've discussed the need for sheep for the paddock and our chicken pen lies flat packed waiting for us to assemble it and retrieve our chickens that are being reared by three different friends.

My hands are dry and sore despite the copious amounts of lotion I've applied .
It's all the dirt, dust from gardening and also from the unpacking.

Box after box are deposited on the veranda .

We rummage through trying to find this or that.

Yesterday we had morning tea with one of our boys and our two daughters and a variety of spouses PLUS eight of our grandchildren .

What a joyous noise we make .

Today our eldest boy arrives as he had to work yesterday and missed the festivities.

I'm sitting here in my pjs and knitted slippers ( cold feet now there's a new experience)

Picture hooks now where did I see them???

Have an awesome day.

ps I've booked a flight to Kalgoorlie as our Annie dog has been sighted several times by is too scared to approach anyone. So I'll spend 5/6 hours on a plane tomorrow and hopefully she'll come to me.....stay tuned ..

Monday, 6 March 2017

First Greeting

Here we are !

I finally worked out how to post a blog.

I want to share part of our story.

We are two fifty somethings with a grown family.

A year ago we returned home to Victoria after living for seven years in the The Pilbara region of Western Australia.

This is our journey into returning after a long absence and settling back into a completely different lifestyle.

A climatic change and a house set on .4 hectares (1 acre) that was just a flat dry paddock.

We've made mistakes but that's how you learn.

Initially I'll post backwards from the day we arrived back so you'll have an idea of what we've done.

Living simply, recycling, a little bit of permaculture and an awful lot of hard work..

Come and take a peek.


We'd lived in Western Australia for seven years and in that time we'd downsized from our five bedroom family home to a small weatherboard home on .4 hectare in a different area.

Our five adult children had all grown and left to pursue their own lives and we wanted to kick back live simply , grow our own food and live as sustainably as possible.

It took us 6 days to make the long hot drive and we lost our Annie dog at Kalgoorlie .

We had to continue on without her and our friends there said they'd keep searching for her.

On the 10th December 2015 we arrived home and this was our garden.