Getting used to things
31 August 11
As we adjust to living in our shed home back in the southern Brisbane suburbs, our girls are getting used to things that they had forgotten about. And we’re learning again how to live in suburbia — we’re sharing a back yard with our fabulous tenants. But it’s only temporary — we hope to hit the road again soon.
After leaving our house for six months, we’ve been delighted to return to it and see that it’s been well looked-after. Karina is pregnant with their third child — a blessing and a sign that the household has settled in nicely to their new home!
It didn’t take long for our girls to start pulling out their old toys. When we left Australia in February, Delaney was still crawling. She’s grown up heaps since we left and is enjoying the large expanses of concrete on which she can ride her little wheely toys.
With the house and yard in such great shape, there hasn’t been much maintenance to catch up on. In the past couple of days, David cleaned the driveway down at the shed, and I’ve sprayed for weeds.
Our girls have enjoyed playing with Heidi and Ivy again, and we’ve been delighted by the joint imagination they all display in their elaborate fantasy games as they run around the garden. It’s lovely for our girls to return to friends when we come “home”, and we’re enjoying cementing these special times so that the relationships are in place for the future.
I especially love wandering through our back yard — remembering all the plants that I put in, the hours spent tending and watering tiny plants, and enjoying the lush growth. Returning to our house after a length of time away means I see great changes in the garden and can properly appreciate the plants’ growth.
We’ve had the inevitable errands to run — trips to the bank and the doctor, visits to the shops and the library. In the six months that we’ve been away, some things have changed drastically — new constructions, especially — and others are comfortably the same.
So as we settle back into our temporary “home”, we’re grateful to be back. We’re especially thankful that we didn’t sell our house as we intended to in the past. It’s wonderful to have a base to come back to, and we look forward to travelling some more in the near future!