We took the plunge and moved our family from Sydney to Braidwood two months ago. If you haven’t heard of it, you might like to google Braidwood … or at least look it up on the map. It’s in the Southern Tablelands, so it’s cold, and we got here just in time to enjoy winter (I bought Ugg Boots within two days of living here).
Moving house is hard and leaving a city and friends that you love is even harder, but it was time for us to have a change and we just wanted our days to be a little easier. The Sydney hustle and bustle was becoming a bit much … and I wanted a backyard, and a clothes line, and a bit more living space than we had in our Sydney flat.
Our new home town is small and friendly, has beautiful historic buildings, amazing fresh produce straight off nearby farms, a handful of great cafes, and one or two restaurants. There isn’t a lot to do here, but that is exactly what I was hoping for! We are focusing on our new (90 year old) house, cooking, and gardening. I finally have a backyard and I’ve planted fruit trees (several of them – hopefully a couple will survive). And we are close enough to Canberra and Sydney that we can have our “city fix” when we need it.
Fortunately, I’m able to work from anywhere in Australia, so my job simply made the move with me. My new “office” is more spacious than the dining room table I worked at in Sydney, and I have views of grass, trees and birds from my office window (someone should really mow our lawn). Over the last few months my work has been very stabilising for me and has given me a real sense of purpose, even when we’ve been disorganised and surrounded by boxes. And I love that I get to speak to Advisers and Paraplanners all around the country – there is no chance of feeling isolated!
And at the end of the working day, I’m only one minute from the garden (and also pretty close to our local pub, which is handy).