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Autumns nearly over

It’s been a long long time between posts and honestly life has been full of change and challenges.

We decided not to move to the North East in Tasmania at this stage. It was a wonderful opportunity but we were unsure it would work out with us being able to invest financially as we had been told by banks even with a deposit we may not be able to borrow much if at all as Ds work is classed as seasonal and we have 2 (almost 3) dependants.

Another reason was we really feel connected to the Huon Valley area and have a good support system here so felt this is where we need to be to welcome our new baby. Although the Huon valley is highly expensive to buy we’ve been lucky enough to find a long term small farm rental where we can live comfortably and use the land until we can one day afford our own land.

We moved over Easter which was very challenging as young Banjo had broken his femur 3 weeks before the move and was in a hip spika cast. For those of you that don’t know what that is it’s a cast that goes over both legs and up his torso so he was completely immobile. It is also very heavy so being in my third trimester of pregnancy I was advised not to lift him and D had to leave work to help care for him.

He has now been out of the cast a few weeks and things are slowly improving he went from crawling around to standing supported and I saw now running, jumping and keeping us on edge.

We have the new challenge at this house with growing our vegetables as now we are closer to the bush we have hundreds of critters roaming about at night.

Our biggest wake up call was last night when after weeks of hard work repairing the orchard net and building veg beds for our winter seedlings we forgot to shut the gate after planting. This morning we rose to find all the seedlings ripped out chewed and fresh possum skat around. We both feel pretty silly and can only blame ourselves especially having first learnt to grow vegetables in the Blue mountains which was possum paradise!

The weather is definitely cooling down and we’ve been doing lots of baking and enjoying these last days as a family of four. Everyone is ready for the new baby and the next chapter of family life.

We don’t know what the future will bring but for now we are warm, safe and secure that feels pretty lucky in the current housing climate of Tasmania.

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