For twenty-four years we've enjoyed the benefits of living in a progressive city - a bus service every five minutes, a major metropolitan shopping centre within walking distance and every service imaginable within a very small circle around our house. Sadly though, the city became a little too progressive for us, with a change of town plan bringing the developers charging in. Within weeks of the relaxation of the town plan four properties on our block sold to developers and the writing was on the wall. A development notice next door for three-story units one metre from our boundary fence was the final straw.
We're still in the city but now we're in a small residential development bordering bushland and there's no chance of the developers moving in here. We have a bus service every hour, a pony club within walking distance and hours worth of new roads, parks and neighbourhoods to explore, like today's walk to a coastal wetlands (above). Oh, and we're just up the road from a bakery that wins international awards for its bread (YUM). It's less convenient for the day job and all of our errands but already we feel more relaxed here. Or we will, once we whip this new house into shape. I'd forgotten the joys (??) of renovation.
Just as we were starting to feel more settled in this new place, the winds of change blew up a catastrophic storm front. Gromit - our thirteen and a half year old lab cross - suffered a liver abscess. The infection spread quickly and despite excellent vet care, she didn't survive. Our hearts are broken, but we are trying to focus on the good times, and there were so many of those. She was happy in this new house and we're sad she didn't get to enjoy it for longer.
Writing has been on the back-burner for the last two months while we sorted ourselves out. I don't have my desk set up, and 80% of our stuff is still in boxes while we wait for the tiler and the painter to work their magic. I'm hopeful by this time next month, things will be starting to settle down and the words will start to flow. Wish me luck...