Life with less is more rewarding!
That’s something we’ve discovered over the past three years. With a baby on the way and a big move from Australia to New Zealand on a limited income, some crucial decisions were made to downsize our life and live as a little family with less.
2017 saw us moving back to Australia and relocating into an old home we once lived in (where I first started writing this blog) back in 2011. If you jump into the archives you’ll see what Mike and I were like as a fairly new couple who worked as farmhands here on this massive merino property.
We’ve been together nearly 9 years and have evolved as a couple, discovering the benefits of gardening, home cooking, vegetarianism, yoga, meditation, minimalism, parenthood and we absolutely enjoy getting out in nature and taking in the beauty surrounding us wherever we have lived.
The house we reside in is located in Warradarge, Western Australia and was built in the 1950’s as part of a program designed to introduce farming into the region. The offer was available to retired military personnel as an opportunity to start a new career.
The house is by most accounts still looking as charming and retro as it did when it was first constructed. The home is complete with 5 small rooms (three bedrooms) 1 outside toilet and shower; multicoloured carpeting and a geometric patterned vinyl floor throughout the kitchen and dining room.
We’re minimalists, and we spend a lot of time thinking about how to reuse old products that others are either throwing away or we’ve found on Gumtree.
We thoughtfully buy second-hand furniture, cars, toys and clothing – specifically things we need to get by.
Having a child did not slow our minimalist life down, in fact, it actually made us very aware of how many products we wouldn’t need to be attentive parents to our thriving little boy.
Currently, we have a number of projects underway; some of which are designed to maintain the home and keep it standing for another 70 years and others to make the property more self-sustainable and productive.
- Veggie Garden beds using free manure and old scavenged timber
- Free Range Eggs & Hens (some Roosters too)
- Hand build fire pit and firewood sourced from dead trees and fallen branches
- Native trees
- Drought hardy grass to complete a lawn surrounding a large portion of the home
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