It’s funny how we talk a lot about what we want in life, our hopes, our dreams. So often that is all it is…. talk. We can always find reasons or excuses not to follow through and sometimes it is just easier to stay in that comfortable, familiar place we find ourselves rather than step outside our comfort zone. For many years we had talked about moving onto land in the Central West and after seemingly endless trips checking out different areas and countless hours looking at alerts from real estate agents giving us ‘that first opportunity’ at something new on the market, we found our perfect place, and took a giant leap.
We know our choice is not for everyone however, despite all the hard work ahead and no doubt the many challenges we face, (we experienced the heaviest snow falls in 40 years for our region two weeks after we moved here) we feel so lucky to be able to live our ‘dream’.
We have been welcomed into a small community and made to feel like we belong. We are constantly overwhelmed by peoples’ generosity and thoughtfulness and have already made many friendships. There is something very special about having people take the time to care and include you in their lives.
After struggling for many years with high humidity and hot conditions our alpacas are enjoying the cooler climate, have settled well into their new surroundings and have adjusted to having the geese, cattle, wombats and echidnas around. They are savouring the wider spaces and improved pasture and took the snowfalls and icy conditions in their stride.
We had to quickly organize erecting shelters and catching areas for the alpacas and the building of new dams for the cattle.
There is still SO much to be done - our days are full and overflowing, we have never been busier and often joke about needing a couple more days in the week. Many friends hearing about our move commented that we would be able to enjoy relaxing, leisurely days and perhaps even struggle to find things to do! Nothing could be further from the truth and we couldn’t be happier.