My husband Bob and I are taking the big plunge. We have decided to sell our house of 36 years and a life time of memories in the Midwest (we have 124 years between us) and move south. We keep saying we are moving to the city, (Perth) the big smoke, but it’s not really. The place we have chosen to move to, Baldivis, is actually a suburb of another regional city, Rockingham. Just like where I live now, Waggrakine is a suburb of the regional city of Geraldton. The best part about Baldivis is that it is only 46klms (29 miles) from the centre of Perth, and only 30 minutes on the freeway to my grandchildren. Better than the 5 hours I have now, or as we say in the bush, you need a cut lunch and a waterbag to get there!
Selling a house in the current economic climate is going to be a trying time. We sold once before, 36 years ago, but only moved to another suburb and we had two toddlers in tow at the time. Our son was born in this house and he even commented that he’s a bit sad that we are going to sell. Well, you get that! People move all the time, some even to new countries, away from their lifetime of friends, where they have grown up, the lifestyle they’ve known. For us too, it is a big deal, we will be moving away from our friends and everything that we have become so familiar with. We have technology though, there is the phone, email and I’m sure we will come back for birthday parties and the like. I love a challenge, I love change, I need things to keep me moving forward to the future. Bob is a little more apprehensive, he is due to retire in 5 weeks and has no real plans on what he wants to do except do the constant maintenance that now needs doing on the house.
Our new plans are to move to a Lifestyle Village, no, not a retirement village!! There is no “care facility” for when we get too old, we’ll worry about that when it happens. We are looking forward to the new lifestyle and both of us can’t wait to take up lawn bowls, Friday night sundowners, even a game of tennis, the gym to keep the body moving and the swimming pools. No need to drive half way across town to go for a swim anymore. The beach isn’t all that far away either, not much further than we are now. We’ll only be a short hop, step and a jump to the city airport to catch a flight to the east to see our other grandboys. No more 10 hour turn around trip to and from the city and overnight stays. No more costly fuel trips to get to the city. And I love seeing live shows. We don’t get many here in Geraldton, if any at all, so we’re off, or at least as soon as we sell. AND… we get to build a brand new home. That in itself is really exciting. So the sooner we can sell here, the better, as I’m eager to start choosing what colours and designs we like for our new home. There’ll be a few new pieces of furniture needed, but most of it will come with us.
Watch this space for a further update on the progress of our move to the “big smoke”.
Below are some images of the homes I have lived in from childhood to now.
Blueprint: Capture the Moment; Digital Kit: Reflections.