This month is significant for me in many ways with several important anniversaries to celebrate – I shall post about other dates as they occur, but today is special as it marks five years in residence in this house. I had been a city dweller all my life, but once retired, I wanted to experience country living and the opportunity to develop a large garden – a tree change, as Aussies say. This house was found after many months searching various areas of the state – from the high country north of Victoria, to the coastal areas on the Peninsula, to this wonderful area in Central Victoria. The house was one a local real estate person had decided I would not like, and did not really want to show me. At first sight the garden was overgrown and unkempt, the grass over a foot high, the house dark inside, smelling strongly of cats, very grubby and festooned with cob-webs. However as I came through the gate and saw the property in front of me, I had a feeling that this could be a good place, and later, inside the house, that there was great potential for a comfortable home …..I could visualize my furniture in place, quilts hanging on the walls, and the runaway dog (Bella) safely confined in the back garden. I bought it a few weeks later, and have never had any regrets.
Since then, the house has been renovated extensively, the garden re-designed and extended, 50-60 new trees planted, a vegetable patch put into production, a chook yard with chickens established, and in 2006, another dog (Maggie) joined the family. I have become very involved in the local community and various groups, making many very special new friends along the way.
This shot was taken in October 2005…..it looks very different now. I shall try and take an up to date one tomorrow