That’s right, it’s official, the Goods are on the move (well it’s almost official, but I’m confident enough to post about it). Having expanded our house hunting mission to include some bigger towns and some places further from the city, Mr Good and I found a house that satisfied all our requirements. That is an old house ‘with character’, a little bit more space inside and out, a lovely neighbourhood, close to good schools and somewhere we can put our stamp on for a good many years. Oh and one that would dramatically reduce our mortgage so we could drop down to one income until the kids are at school at least. That’s not too much to ask is it.
Well, at first it seemed like it was. Our original plan was to move to one of the satellite towns close to Melbourne and on the train line so that Mr Good could commute to work. We could tick just about everything off our list except for the ‘old house with character’ part. All we could afford in these towns were new houses in new estates, not our style at all. So we expanded the search to include Ballarat and Geelong. In the end Ballarat won out and this is what we bought….
Isn’t it cute! Having said that, it’s not perfect, the garden is a little smaller than I would have liked (but still bigger than what I currently have) and some of the rooms need a fair bit of work, though we’re actually looking forward to that. The other down side is that we’re moving to Ballarat in mid July, it’s going to be COLD!!! Despite these flaws, the pluses far outweigh the minuses. The whole street is cute and the wider area is GREAT. We can walk to lovely parks and shops, we have a sitting room, a lounge room and a family room plus the cupboard space is amazing. We’ve picked out a little spot for some chickens and one side of the garden will be solely devoted to my vegetables.
I’m so excited about the move. I already know a couple of people in Ballarat, both with kids. I’m looking forward to not having to bring work home and to have more time with the girls. Not doing three crazy mornings a week as we all try to get out of the house by 7.15am will be wonderful. I’m hoping to get in more time for crocheting and sewing as well as getting back to my cooking from scratch aims and of course plenty of time in the garden.
I will however, really miss teaching and being in the classroom. I’ll miss the students and especially the amazing fellow teachers I work with. Mr Good will have a long commute at least four times a week which will be hard I think, but we’re hoping in the long run he will be able to get work in Ballarat. Otherwise we will swap roles for a while and he can do the stay at home dad thing.
So in all that there’s a lot to look forward to and a little bit to be daunted about but I think it will be good for all of us.