I remember talking to my husband early on in our relationship and we joked around saying how nice it would be to move to the country and experience a different part of Australia for a while. I never in my wildest dreams thought it would become reality. A couple of months back he was stressed at work and that stress filtered into our home. The four of us were always rushing from one place to another after school or on the weekends, never really enjoying time together. Tempers were short and none of us seemed happy.
Something had to change and when he came home and said he’d found a great opportunity for a transfer with work to a small country town, we thought – why not? The girls are still young, it’s only 3 years so if we really don’t like it, we can come back to our home. He applied for the position not believing he would be successful but maybe it was being in the right place at the right time he was offered the position the next week. He visited Tabulam to see if it would suit us and came home to paint a beautiful picture of country life and how we would love it. We could rent a residence right next to his workplace so no more commuting to Sydney for him. The house is an old country house that is bigger than our current home. There are cows at the back fence and a river to explore and swim is only a short bike ride away. The town is between Tenterfield and Casino and only a couple of hours drive back to the Coast at Ballina. It sounded too good to be true but he has accepted the position and in less than a week, we will be living our very own “Tree Change”.
I’ve decided to write a regular Blog of our adventures so family and friends can keep in touch and see what we are up to and I’ll be sure to add lots of photos from our new home. I thought the title “A Fresh Start” was a good name for the Blog. Not only are we having a Fresh Start in the Country but I plan on making some personal changes too. I’ve always found myself distancing myself from social situations and have lost many friends over the years. I’m hoping that I can reinvent myself and start fresh with making friends and hopefully keeping them. I hope to be less negative, less paranoid, less jealous. I don’t want to be like this, but my thoughts get in the way and I end up becoming a bit hermit like.
Having lived in one part of Australia for the past 45 years, it’s very daunting for me to move to a town where I know not one person other than my family. I’m hoping I can overcome my mental barriers and make some new friends and learn new things. It will be difficult for me to find work straight away so I plan on studying, writing my Blog, spending more time with my family and hopefully becoming fit again.
Our girls are scared about moving and leaving their friends, moving to a new school and having to make new friends but I’m hoping they both adjust easily and embrace the change. I’m sure we are making the right decision for us all.
We’ve had so many people tell us that they would love to have a change like this but are either too scared or it would be too hard to find work, housing etc. We are so lucky that my husband’s work has given us the opportunity and as much as we will miss family and friends, we thought we couldn’t not try it.
So this time next week we will be driving north to our new home and hopefully having a wonderful adventure for at least the next three years. I think country life may just suit us. I’ve even asked Santa for a hammock and good book for Christmas.
See you in Tabulam!