Weekend Reads

Well, things are beginning to come together ready for our move to NSW.  Grant has had two interviews this week and has been offered a full-time trucking job, he will find out about the other on Monday.  At the very least he has a good job ready to go as soon as we do our final move next week, for which we are very grateful.

 I can't quite believe that in less then a week we will be loading up the essentials, our three kids, three dogs, two cats and Squirtle the turtle into the old land cruiser with a cattle trailer hitched to the back and moving 1700km's away.

It's going to be utter madness, I'm quite sure.  But then again what isn't a little odd, left of centre and crazy when it comes to this motley crew of mine?  But I do love them so.  Adventures eh? 



There were three in the bed and the little one said.....I'm not sure where Grant is intending on sleeping when he gets home from NSW.  Bahahaha!

Forest Man (YouTube)
The power of one person to make an impact.  Small tasks carried out over a period of a lifetime can add up to phenomenal changes.  This is an inspiring story, which really needs a Go Fund Me page as I'm sure people all around the world would love to contribute to such a wonderful cause.

Meet the Frugalwoods
I borrowed this book a while ago on Libby, and it finally came in this week.  It was a really interesting read about how a young couple have managed to essentially retire in their early 30's, move to the woods and raise their young family.  It's a book which combines humour, great storytelling and practical, motivating information.

Craft Is Not Trivial
I loved this article on the importance of craft and what it brings us.

Words By Ange
A new friend of mine is a writer who is in the process of working on her first books.  She has been blogging for a little while but after a great convo one arvo she is re-jigging her blog this year.  I look forward to following along!

The dirt on composting toilets
Oh yeah, because my life is that glamorous! (YouTube)

May you have a wonderful weekend!
Much love,
Emma
xx

16 comments

  1. Congratulations on the firm job offer, that must be such a relief.
    I can't believe the big move is so close now....deep breaths !
    Some recent reading shows that knitting is as good as meditation, so cast on something easy that you can cart about with you, even if you just do a few rows while drinking a cuppa ☺
    Very best of luck and all good wishes for your big trip and settling in.

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    1. It really is a relief!

      I am currently surrounded by bloxes and piles of newspaper.

      I love to hand sew for relaxation, and agree it is highly beneficial for stress relief! My knitting needs significant improvement.

      xx

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  2. Hi Emma, moving is such hard work but you are right it is an adventure and you are undertaking the adventure together which is the main thing (IMO).

    I had the Frugalwoods in my blog reading list for a few years now, though have not read the book.

    Don and I had dinner with friends during the week and the man of the house is on holidays and carrying out maintenance jobs around the home this week. One of the jobs he mentioned was something to do with their composting toilet. I did't follow up on what he was actually doing though.

    I hope everything connected with your move to NSW goes smoothly.

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    1. its well worth a reas!

      Im SO glad I have decluttered so heavily. The process is not too bad considering. My mother has come down to help which is lovely.

      xx

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  3. You are moving to a lovely part of NSW, but you know that! Enjoy the state forests and the National Parks around that region. You may have to travel north and out to the coast for some of them but it is worth a day trip or a weekend camp over. The farmer's markets are worthwhile too. Enjoy yourselves and best wishes on the long awaited farm adventure.

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    1. Thanks so much for the tips!

      It is indeed a stunning part of Australia.

      xx

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  4. Congratulations on the job offer.
    Lots of exciting things are waiting for you. 😊

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  5. Em, I'm so excited for you. Every day during this hot summer, as I go through the daily watering routine I think of you and the new garden you're going to have and all that rainfall to make it leap up out of the ground. Wishing you a speedy arrival and build of your new Yurt, generator powered fans and insect screens. Safe trip my dear friend, much love. XX

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    1. Thanks Sally!

      I cannot wait to plan our new garden, I lay awake at night thinking of it! It will be hard to be patient and watch the landscape for a bit I’m sure. And the little jap chickens who will keep all those ferocious giant sub-tropical bugs at bay!

      I’ll be sure to send you hilarious photos of us all packed up on our trip over. The kitchen table is going on the roof of the land cruiser.....what a sight!

      Much love,
      Em
      Xx

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  6. Wow,the article on craft not being trivial really hits the spot!!

    So great that Grant has a job ready to go! Work...or lack thereof...is the one of the main things that prevents us from leaving our area. So many cheaper acreages...but lack of employment in the areas is partially the reason.

    Hope everything goes smoothly with the big move. I'm sure you've got it all sorted, but if you need anything from a local-ish person, I'm not far away. Don't be scared to shoot me a message if need be.

    Cassandra xx

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m sure local knowledge will be very helpful, or even maybe a cuppa one day! :)

      Xx

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  7. Congrats on the job offer! We've been through periods of unemployment in the past and it's nerve-wracking to say the least. Knowing that you'll have at least one option when you move is wonderful!!!

    You're moving about as twice as far as I did four years ago. I had my then 12 year-old son and an eight month old baby (and NO SLEEP. To be honest, I probably shouldn't have been driving, but it took another ten months after this before I started actually sleeping more than three hours at a time...); my husband followed ten days later with the cats. We stayed in my sister-in-law's empty, unfurnished rental apartment for six weeks. She had ceramic tile floors (my daughter had just started crawling and pulling up!!!), we had no TV, no internet, we didn't have a permanent address so we couldn't check stuff out of the library, we were all sleeping on air mattresses, I had no cookbooks or internet for recipes and one pot to cook in...hooooooooooo boy, was that an adventure and I'm not sorry it's over! But we survived, and you will too. I can't wait to hear all about your new home! Best wishes on your move!!!

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    1. Goodness, that sounds super hard.

      I’ll be happy to get the yurt up that’s for sure and get the farm functioning.

      Xx

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  8. Oh, Squirtle the Turtle! I remember you. When you're not so busy moving, can we get an update on the little guy. He was tiny, as I recall. I'm sure he's grown much bigger. God speed, with the move, and remember - every delay, has a reason. It will all turn out for the best. :)

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    1. He’s still only a little fellow! I’ll take a pic when we move him. Xx

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