We just got back from a long weekend in the caravan. I love going on little adventures with my little family. Just the five of us. Together. My happiest. While we were away we spent a lot of time sitting by the river talking. Talking about the past and the future. We spoke a lot about our adventures so far..
It is nearly sixteen years ago that Ben and I met. We were both living on the Gold Coast at the time. We spent nine years there together. Eden, Kobi and Maya were born there. I have such beautiful memories of our little family spending long days at the beach or hours at the park. Soaking up the sunshine. It is a beautiful part of the world.
As happy as we all were, we had always spoken about trying something new. Moving somewhere completely different. My usual rant is, 'we are not going to know until we try' and 'we can always go back'.
When Ben started working for himself we had the chance to make the move. Melbourne was our choice. We packed up our little house and our little children in the June school holidays and gave ourselves two weeks to find a new house before the kids started at their new school.
The move was about trying something new, but also giving our family the opportunity to live inner city and soak up the culture, diversity, food, arts, sport, and history that Melbourne offers. We had the most amazing time. We met some incredible people, ate lots of beautiful food, drank a ridiculous amount of coffee, visited galleries, museums and shows, and just walked and walked, soaking up as much as possible.
If you haven't guessed by now, we love the sense of adventure. The stimulus at trying something new, seeing something we haven't seen before, learning about something we knew nothing about. We absolutely love it! Melbourne certainly provided us with all those things.
In our second year of living in Melbourne we started frequently visiting friends who lived on a farm a couple of hours from the city. For those of you who haven't been to this part of the world, we are extremely fortunate to have the beautiful countryside in very close proximity of Melbourne city. So to take a Sunday drive out to the country was something we started to regulary do.
This got us thinking....While the kids are still young...Lets try and grow our own food.....We can still spend time in the city we love....and then my usual rant....
So here we are. I talk about stimulus and trying something new. We had no idea of anything. We had never grown ANYTHING before. We had a cat as a pet, but knew NOTHING about farm animals. Fencing, dams, bores, pasture, rainfall, guns, tractors. We had never owned a pair of gumboots in our lives! This farm has taught us so much and created so many amazing experiences and memories. We are very fortunate and very grateful.
As I write about our adventures, and what we have done in the past few years, I can honestly say that the most important factor in all this, is that we have done these things together.
Ben, Eden, Kobi, Maya and me.
My little family.