It could have been a 90 minute flight from A to B but instead we chose the long route - three months and over 15,000km with the KIA Grand Carnival towing our little Matilda Van. It was the most amazing thing we have done as a family and we have made so many memories. Memories that are like jewels around our necks, becoming more and more precious as the years roll on.
The only way to get over something so fantastic is to know that you may do it again someday. And as I look at our map and the wonky loop we took around the country, all that I can see is a big fat discrepancy over Queensland that screams "The Big Adventure Part 2"!!
But for now we will regain some sense of normality at the place we have been missing for two years - our little Farmlet in Tasmania.
While we are still in unpack mode on the inside, I thought I'd take you on a little tour of the outside.
This is the front gate.
We travelled over 15,000km to get here, accidentally driving on 4WD tracks in The Flinders Ranges and through a cyclone and floodwaters in Western Australia. The KIA Grand Carnival did us proud. It couldn't get Matilda up our driveway :-) Ironic, no?
So here she sits just inside the front gate until we get a 4WD to bring her up.
Here is the house. Two years of neglect has meant the gardens have turned to weeds. Except the Agapanthas - they are thriving amidst the neglect!!
The once thriving veggie patch is now non-existent. The one exception here is the Artichoke which we planted 2 years ago and has now sprung up amongst the weeds. Isn't is pretty!?
The cubby house is still here.
And here we are at the top of our hill - my favourite place of all. Does the view look familiar?
When I started my blog six months ago I just thought I'd use a photo of our place in Tasmania as a header so I could get a little excitement burst every time I logged on.
Below is the original photo I took almost 3 years ago. It must have been Winter time as the valley is so green. Look how young Miss Fancy and Blue Eyes are! I cropped the kids out of the photo as I wasn't going to have photos of the kids on the Blog. That clearly went out the window!
I also wanted to call my Blog, The View From My Porch. But a quick search revealed the name had already been taken, by a fellow Tasmanian Blogger funnily enough. So I settled on Coal Valley View as we have a gorgeous view over Coal Valley and the Coal River.
Here is a photo taken today of the little boys in the same spot. The only difference is the chair is broken and the grass is long and brown. Same gorgeous view. I will never get sick of looking at the view. It is always different, changing colours daily with the weather and the seasons.
And finally, here I am on the porch tapping away this evening. Can you spot the little Kangaroo there? The kids are watching a movie and eating popcorn. We're having a drink and will enjoy a movie when the kids are in bed. Just a regular Friday night here.
What are you all up to?