Saturday, February 27, 2010

Still Here - Just somewhere else

We have moved house recently.
I didn't have the time before we got here (with the working away from home, packing a house that we were still renovating, kid wrangling, the Mr needing to stay at the old place to finish it whilst the small people and I settled into and unpacked our stuff into the new one) to really contemplate the connections that I had developed with my local community, my neighbours and their kids, the parks (Oh how I loved the ability to escape - on foot with the kids to a park when the 'crazy hour' descended upon us).

I am the 'new kid in school' now in my new community.
The new kid who really wants to make some friends.
The new kid who now understands the enormity of what and whom she/they all left behind when seeking a lifestyle and environment that feels better.

Whilst I am so grateful for the relationships I developed at the old place, I am even more so for the fledgling relationships that are forming within my new one.

Blogging has enabled me to 'speak' to people who live in my new area - prior to me getting here. I asked some bloggers who lived here about the area, did they move here, did they grow up here, what are the schools, the kindergartens, child care, play areas etc like. All of these conversations took place via email and all because I started to blog, to read and comment on other blogs.

A few weeks after getting here I received an email from this woman asking "are you here yet? When can we have a cuppa"?
We arranged a time and she arrived with a basketful of home grown goodness.

These are just a wee sample of the supremely excellent biodynamic garlic that Beck grows - It is without doubt the best garlic I've ever had the pleasure of cooking with and eating!

The gift of such goodness was awesome enough but the thought and the generosity and the gesture of reaching out to an almost stranger made my belly flip and humbles me still.

I was invited to come along to a craft group! - which I will most definitely do whenever the work thing does not prevent me from going.

This is not my usual 'style' of blogging - I am usually - mostly about the crafty stuff with a bit of waffle thrown in but, given the wonderful support and offers of friendship that have come my way through blogging I felt I would like to say a massive face splitting smiling 'Thank-You' to both Beck and Kate.

On a crafty note - I am still learning how to knit some 'bowls' (I am gifted in the art of undoing knitting, dropping stitches and also adding stitches when I shouldn't have) and I have been planning a world of felted creatures who are yet to take form...
Soon, soon I will find my stash (under the mountain of still not unpacked boxes) and create a new beginning.

Cheers

15 comments:

Gina said...

Yay, it's so lovely to hear from you. What a full-on time it's been. I really hope and pray for you that the sense of community you are seeking builds quickly and that the grief of losing the old one is short-lived! There's always a cost but it sounds like you guys really have clear ideas about what will be best for your family unit, so that's a great thing.


I caught wind that you were moving... and part of me is very envious because of the allure of Kate and Beck's blogs. I'm yet to make it to Daylesford (ever!) BUT plan to take a trip there to coincide with a market at some point, so hopefully I will get to glimpse you there.

Linda said...

hope you all settle really quickly it sounds like you are off to a wonderful start!!

yardage girl said...

Hi Peta - so great to hear you have moved and are settling in well. We've missed you in blogland! You have moved to a wonderful community - enjoy, you lucky duck! Nic xx

snowflakes4sam said...

Hi there country girl glad to see you back. Hopefully you have inspired me to get back on the blogging horse. Photos photos photos required of the new abode thanks. Sam x

clare's craftroom said...

What a great story ! So glad you are settling in with new adventures and new friends .

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

So happy to hear that you have found yourself amongst a wonderful community. We too have moved recently and it can take time to overcome the loneliness. Thank goodness for my online community for getting me through.

Jenifir said...

Loving your creations. Hope you get settled soon wo that we can see more of them!

beck said...

Hey Peta, thanks for your sweet comments, I'm so glad you felt welcomed. It's such a big thing to move away from the familiar and it's a really brave thing to do. I can remember wondering if we had done the right thing when we moved, but slowly we found our way. I hope you new life in Daylesford is a happy and fulfilling one. I know you are super busy with work but lets catch up again soon, Rosie is desperate for play with your M xo

Jodie said...

Beck told me you had arrived ! We are almost neighbours. can we catch up if I come to daylesford - Do you come to ballarat ?

Dragonfly said...

Nice to see you again!!
Best of luck in your new endeavours!
Cheers, Karen

Treacle Beak said...

Hey Peta, I've been missing your blogging and wondered how'd you'd all settled into your new home. Great to see you back and what a lovely way for your new neighbour to welcome you to the area. I'm sure you're going to make some great lifetime friends.

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Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

Lovely post Peta - I am sure it will feel just like home before too long. I must pop in next time we are in Daylesford (hmmmm!)

Tania said...

As usual, I am last to catch up with the news. Can you keep a patch warm for me, I have a Mr, positively ITCHING to live up your way! And I can only imagine it's a mere matter of time before you've found all your feet and your new community becomes comfier than ever before.

Fruitful Fusion said...

I hope you are all settled in now. I'm sure you are as you're creating some lovely things! I too am excellent at dropping stitches while knitting. I prefer to crochet. Do give it a go when you get the chance!

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