Sunday, 7 September 2008

Such a long silence but now, a decision

Can I possibly be planning to leave my beloved beach to move to the country life? I think so. I've decided, after many years ago abandoning life on the land, to sell my very comfortable home close to the beach, close to the city, close most importantly to friends, to join my son, daughter-in-law and two small grand daughters in co-ownership of a small farm between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. No more coastal warm climate but a cold winter and a hot summer, but in exchange the pleasure of seeing my grandchildren growing up, spending a lot of time with my family and - very appealing, the opportunity to have a go at becoming as self sufficient as I possibly can. I want to grow vegetables and fruit, make my own bread and of course, make books. I've yet to put my home on the market but we've been looking for the perfect small farm and think we've found it, so we have fingers crossed that it doesn't slip through our fingers.

For now, I'm going on a holiday, just out into western New South Wales, no destination, just driving, looking and relaxing. I'm hoping that when I return I'll have retrieved the blogging muse. Thank you to all those who have checked to see if I'm okay. I am - I'm just overwhelmed by life.

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  1. Wow, wow, big changes, Carol. And hopefully time to continue writing about the life of you-know-who!

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  2. You must feel that the 'trade' is worth it. I hope you have an independent space to live in..families can be demanding...

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  3. big decisions! i hope all goes well and you are feeling good about it :)

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  4. KOOL! I ahve os namy fingers X'd for your plans I cnat tyep straithgt.
    (And you have no idea how difficult that bit was!)
    Seriously, this move will be wonderful.Can I have chickens-by-proxy, please?

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  5. Wow, how wonderful to be beginning a new chapter.. I wish you much adventure and creativity :)

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  6. That will be such a change for you. I will look forward to great creativity inspired by your new surroundings.

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  7. i think you must be a brave soul and I look forward to reading all about your adventures..all the best!

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  8. It is so good to see you blogging again!
    Thank you for sharing your news with us all.

    love, Dana

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  9. Yeah, Carol! Sounds like you've made a difficult, but good decision. Please, continue blogging as I would love to see how it all pans out. Good Luck! Sues

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  10. Enjoy packing. New life, new challenges... At least you get to talk all your books, Carol!

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  11. New and exciting changes... I hope all is well and fruitful for you.

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  12. Carol, I am sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. A result from the stress of moving perhaps?

    Thankl you for feeding lulu for me and I hope you enjoy the pictures I brought home from Taos. I will post a few each day through the next week or so.

    love, dana

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  13. I just came over to visit from LTJ group. This will be a biiiig change. Mind you, I live on 40 acres in a very rural area of desert in Arizona, USA and have no family or friends nearby - just pets and husband. I grew up near San Diego and enjoyed the ocean there. I find for me, it's the space I crave not necessarily an ocean but I do miss being near family (nearest and most are 360 miles away). You will have family with you so that will be good - and bad. I agree with Jackie in hoping you have a little space to yourself. For my oldest sister a bedroom was almost enough. She put a microwave and coffe pot in it, set up her sewing area and then could mingle with family as much or as little as she felt like. I think you'll enjoy growing veggies; I miss that (we're in the desert remember) and I hope to see some books coming from a renewed spirit. Good luck on your new phase in life.

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  14. You'll just have to invite your friends to the farm (can't wait)! Thinking of you at a time of change and renewal.
    Love,
    Matt

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  15. I really do hope that you have got your small farm by now.
    Nice to live nearer children and grandchildren, I’ve just five minutes to mine =)))
    Everything is ok here so far. Hope that that's the case for you too.
    XO Eva

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  16. Carol I know you are far behind on blogging, but if you could squeeze in a short meme on the topic of books. I thought you'd so enjoy it and I know we would all love to hear your thoughts on the topic.

    I have tagged you today!

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  17. Carol, have you settled in your new place? Surely the move doesn't mean you'll quit blogging?

    Yesterday I "met" Nick Bantock's 2004 book, "Urgent 2nd Class", about how he makes his art out of found objects. Inspiring. Now all these stamps and postcards and candy wrappers I've saved all these years have a use!!

    Look forward to seeing more of your recent work here.

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