Monday, December 6, 2010
by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
You will have to forgive my truncated blog post today as we are moving into our new house here in Melbourne. We haven't had all our own stuff or been in our own home since May so you can imagine the state of excitement round here. My boys are dying to have all the Lego back and I think my husband is as heartily sick as I am of wearing the same repertoire of clothes.
We have made a huge lifestyle change in the house we've bought. Not only have we moved country but we have also moved from an essentially urban existence to a semi-rural one on the outskirts of Melbourne. Although we have quite a bit of renovating and landscaping to do, 'home' now comprises two acres, a pool, a chicken run and a fire-bunker...yes, we are in a high bushfire danger zone now, so I have to come to grips with a plethora of fire fighting stuff - from water tanks and generator pumps to roof sprinklers, ladders and fire department sized hoses. Let's hope we never need to use them (although my husband is thinking of volunteering at the local fire house so him in a fireman's uniform could be a definite upside!)
Part of our rationale for moving back to Australia was to give our boys the kind of childhood we had - free to roam and explore - and apart from, snakes, bushfire, poisonous spiders, heat exhaustion, sunburn and broken limbs what could there possibly be to worry about?!
I'm also looking forward to writing when my outlook will be this:
So, what would be your ideal 'outlook' for writing be? A beach? The mountains? Skyscrapers? Or can you write just about anywhere?