Monday, December 29, 2008
So, we're moving to Sydney in 3 weeks. We're downsizing from our current 3 bedroom house (with lovely deck, sunroom, double lock-up-garage and under-house storage) to a 2 bedroom apartment with no garage, no laundry and no linen cupboard. Rent in Sydney is astronomical, compared with Brisbane.
But we're really happy with the apartment. It met all of our essential criteria - within walking distance of train line, within walking distance of parks (Centennial Park will be our front yard), within walking distance of grocery shops and basic amenities (Westfield Bondi Junction is 10 mins walk away), and close to Gareth's work (5 min train trip). It's also 2 blocks from the local library, and a short bus ride to Bondi Beach. We're stoked. And it's been a very good opportunity to pare down all of our stuff to the bare essentials. We've already taken 5 ute-loads and 2 carloads of stuff to the dump, sold books/appliances/furtniture, and there is still heaps we need to get rid of. I've donated almost my entire craft collection (minus sewing machine) to a good friend with 4 daughters (hi Shannon!) who I am sure will make better use of it than I have been doing for the last few years.
Finally, after much planning and unproductive talking, we are actually simplifying our life! And it feels so great.
My baby boy is growing up. He had his first babycino yesterday, and so became part of the Cowen tradition ... sitting down to have Muffin Break coffees while we plan meals for the week, write a shopping list, and then, when the coffees have been drunk, into the grocery store we go.