Hi and welcome to everyone clicking through from Down to Earth! You've caught us an at exciting time, as we prepare to move into our new home (and life) in mid-December.
To tell you a bit about ourselves, we're a 30-something year old couple with a young daughter and we currently live in Brisbane.
For years now, we've dreamed about being able to move outside the city to a bit of land. We always came up against the same hurdles - the need to be near town for our work and the high cost of land.
After we had Lucinda, the urge only got stronger. Recently, Dan changed jobs and now works west of Brisbane, an area where - luckily - property is a lot cheaper than the areas we'd been looking in north of town.
We started hunting around and, many months later, found the property we're now buying.
Our first priorities in this project revolve around the main house and getting it liveable as soon as possible, while we live in the one-bedroom cottage (the old local schoolhouse).
Eventually, we want to restore the main house to be the grand old home we think it deserves to be, but time and financial restrictions have other ideas. It won't be finished for a while.
We also want to get the land ready for animals, veggie and herb gardens and play areas for Lucinda. Dan needs to get the shed fixed up for his tools, we want to re-build the rundown chicken coop and better retain the soil around the creek to guard against future flood damage.
I won't go through too much more of our story now, as it's there on the top of the page, conveniently titled 'our story'.
If you want to find the follow buttons, they're up there too.
We're about to head away for the weekend to the beach to celebrate together before the tsunami of things that need to be done touches down next week.
I will sit down then and have a good reading session of all the new blogs I've discovered today already.
Have a great weekend, all.
A friend just sent me your link as she knew I'd be interested in what you are doing! Oh how reminiscent it was to scroll through your blog posts, particularly the pics of the house, so reminded me of our second house renovation. Same boards, holes etc, we had little ones and not much cash, alas the days before good blogging;) however you have inspired me to begin a series on our previous homes (will start after Christmas)
actually also have a draft post on renovating with little ones, mmm lots of ideas not always enough time.
Currently we are renovating/extending our third home, no plans to move again, although our teen sons now tell us we can come help them with their homes
wishing you all the best, keen to hear how it goes:)
Hi Edwina I'm stopping in from Rhonda's blog, it's so nice to have found you. It sounds like an exciting journey, I look forward to following along, I adore old homes (we have a little Queenslander too that we renovated) and one day dream of buying acreage for now I go visit my parents who live on 10 acres and enjoy their place:) Enjoy your weekend by the beach, sounds like fun.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to see how it all comes along...we moved from the gold coast to Country victoria 4 yrs ago to just under 4 acresReplyDelete
Looking forward to seeing how it unfolds! You're basically living my dream, so I really mean it when I say hope it all goes well!ReplyDelete
I'll be watching the activity too. It's such an exciting time for you all. Enjoy your weekend off.ReplyDelete
Oh isn't it wonderful when someone like Rhonda gives our blogs a shout out. She mentioned my blog a while back. I look forward to following along on your journey, funnily enough our neighbour is living in a house that used to be the local post office - it also has those lovely deep verandas.ReplyDelete
We are planning a beach escape this week-end as well. Fingers crossed for good weather for the both of us.ReplyDelete
Lovely blog I will be following with much interest. You all must be very excited about your move to the country.ReplyDelete
Hi Edwina. I caught up with you from Rhonda's blog and I'm just so glad I did! I cannot wait to hear the stories that I know are coming. I have a sense that this is all going to work out so well for you and your family, although I know it won't be without its difficulties and frustrations. Please keep up your blog, even when it will sometimes be the last thing you want to do. There's a whole community out here supporting you and your venture and waiting on your next installment! Good luck and good wishes.ReplyDelete
Living our dream. I've sent the URL to my husband who almost drooled when I told him what you were doing. Good for you! Can't wait to see more.ReplyDelete
Hello! I'm here from Down to Earth too. I'm excited to follow your journey and have subscribed! All the best with it. I so understand the desire to live simply and have land. My husband and I talk of it often. All the best with your journey and good on you for the courage it takes to actually do, not just dream. Cheers, LisaReplyDelete
Congrats on your new place!ReplyDelete
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Wow it looks like a lot of hard word but it will be so rewarding each step of the way, I'll be following along too! Cheers Judy xxReplyDelete
Hello, and good luck on your renovating journey, I am currently renovating the old 'doctors residence' which is a 1930's qlder in central qld coast. I am also on a shoestring budget and we also live in the house which makes it interesting at time. Sadly builders up here run away from restoring older houses, so if you find a good builder to help you, hang onto him!ReplyDelete
Hang on to him? I married him! Makes life so much easier ;-)Delete
enjoy your beach break edwina!ReplyDelete
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we dream the same dream, looking forward to following you on the adventure !! who knows you might inspire us to leave inner city melbourne behind :)ReplyDelete
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