Well what can I say, I’m a country girl born and raised….
…..and like most girls brought up in the country (read surly, emotional teenager!) I hated it.
That is until I moved to the Big Smoke and lived the fast life with my hubby! Well it was kind of fast. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked it. There are definite perks to living in the city, but after 7 years I came to hate it and every time we’d go home to visit our families we’d dream of the day we moved back.
For years we went back and forth, claiming as much time as we could at home. As we’d drive between our parent’s homes we would talk about the life we would lead when we moved back. It’s funny really, it was never actually something we acknowledged early on, we just knew; we both wanted to raise our kids the way we were raised. Country kids. Farm kids.
So when the opportunity arose for my husband to take a transfer and a promotion back home, we took it. By this point we had found out we were having a baby… so it all seemed rather serendipitous.
So we packed up, chucked our house on the market (which luckily sold within a month and for a rather good price) and moved home. We were then fortunate enough to find a fantastic rental property while we started the search for our new home.
Now there is definitely something quintessentially country about the old rambling homestead with wide verandahs on sprawling acreage, surrounded by tall gum trees and paddocks full of sheep and wheat. This is the image we had in our minds when we started our search and after many months of looking and lots of internet searches we found a block. Well, when I say block I actually mean 130 acres, a farm to most. But we grew up on 1000’s of acres, so it’s relatively small to us! We kept looking though, as this block had its down points (like no house or connected power) but we kept coming back to it; kept comparing everything we looked at to it. I think that’s when we realized, that this was the property for us.
The plan was to split the block between my parents and us. My parents (having downsized from aforementioned 1000’s of acres a decade or so ago) were sick of living on a small block and my father missed farming (something he swore he’d never do again!). This whole endeavor though is about lifestyle and neither of us will be relying on the land to provide a living.
So here we are today. Having just purchased this beautiful piece of land we can now go about designing and building our forever home, setting ourselves up with a sustainable life and raising our son. It suddenly all feels rather real and all the dreams I’ve had of our new home can now be drawn out. Frankly.. I can’t wait!
So let the journey begin!