MacroBoy & I went on our first ‘big’ trip in the caravan just after Easter.
We visited the beautiful town of Bright in the Victorian high country & stayed @ a caravan park right next to my parents for 5 nights. It was very ace. The best bit was having our two dogs with us & we are looking forward to that becoming a regular thing.
I now cannot wait for our next mini-trip to Halls Gap. We will be staying here & I’m not going to lie, the wood-fire heated pool has got me intrigued & I can’t wait to dive in.
After 5 days in Bright, we popped home for one night then headed of to Lakes Entrance for 3 nights for more relaxation.
Whilst Bright was pure relaxation as can be seen in the below pictures, Lakes was always about ‘planning’.
Each year, MacroBoy & I try to get away for a few days, just the two of us, often quite out of touch with the rest of the world & really relax but we also spend some time reflecting on the year just gone & talk a bit more about where we are at that moment & perhaps if there is anything we want to change.
Last year, we did just that. In July we headed off to Erica to Silver Top Cottages & on a side note, if you ever want to get away, this place is just completely divine. During that trip, we made the decision that MacroBoy would request to go down to 4 days per week at his employer of 7 years. Luckily, we knew his employer would probably not come to the party & if they did, change his contract to be very much in their favour. Which of course, they did, so on that trip, we also decided that he should seriously look at study options & ceasing work altogether. And that is just what he did a mere matter of months later.
So off the back of the success of last years trip, off we went to Lakes Entrance. We knew what the main theme of our discussions would be, however I don’t think either of us thought we would nail down so many aspects of our next ‘dream’.
The funny part of all of it, as if it were a sign, we also happened upon a ‘kit home’ builder & their display home on the way home from our trip. That display home ticked pretty much every one of the boxes we had put together on our trip.
So what is the general summary of our little planning session you ask? Well, it’s a 2 year plan & it involves us selling up where we are now & purchasing about an acre of land on the other side of Melbourne, much closer to Bendigo.
Essentially, it’s a move ‘to the country’. I am originally from the bush & I love the city, but as each year passes, we both feel a strong pull to a smaller community where we can get involved & follow our passions of growing our own food, making more ‘things’ with our own hands & feeling more connected to earth & community in general.
So we appear to have identified a broad area we want to move to, we have found the home we want & we have a few pages of things we want the house to do for us & even more ideas of what we want to do with the land. Including dreams of a market stall business eventually (not for anything other than community involvement & covering of costs).
We love where we live now & 4 years ago we built our dream home & honestly, 4 years later we still love this house as much as we did on day 1, if not more. However, we built this house with a different life in mind & the location was a compromise of ‘rural fringe’ living & close enough to city & schools. Now that children aren’t part of our future, we have decided we should follow this dream much sooner than anticipated & I am so so grateful for the endless possibilities that are now in front of us.
The beautiful part of this whole process is that I will still work where I am now. Anywhere we are considering moving will allow me to comfortably commute via the regional train service to & from the city of Melbourne which is a must, not only as the ‘bread winner’ of the family but also because I really do love my job & I’m not ready to give it up.
So that is our news. Lots of possibilities, plenty of inspiration & no rush to get there, but I know we will get the dream, as there has never been anything we have set our minds to that we haven’t achieved, so I can’t see this being any different.
We’re coming up to 12 years together soon & I am so excited to see what the next 12 could bring us.