Warradarge, Western Australia.

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 10.00.05 amScreen Shot 2017-08-11 at 10.00.14 amScreen Shot 2017-08-11 at 9.59.51 amScreen Shot 2017-08-11 at 10.00.20 amScreen Shot 2017-08-11 at 9.59.37 amWhen I first started this blog nearly 6 years ago it was in this exact region of Western Australia that Mike and I were working.  In fact we were working on a cattle property just up the road from this little farm house.

To move back here feels so surreal, and wonderful – it’s as if we never left. ¬†The house is just as charming as when we last lived here and the view… I doubt we will ever tire of these spectacular sunrise and sunsets.

Wuzza and his mates sleep in the driveway in front of the house, and at the right time of morning you can just catch a hint of a grey silhouette and the stunning soft pink and purples that fill the sky just before the sun cracks over the horizon.

We have a number of projects we’d like to jump into on the house, and when Mike returns from work (he’s working offsite on a mine up North) next week we’ll sit down together and come up with a plan and start to prioritise tasks. ¬†For the time being Wesley and I have been doing quite a bit of gardening and have also dug in a watering system for the yard (lucky for us it’s sand so made it really easy).

Wesley is hilariously obsessed with the pet sheep, from the moment he wakes till the moment he sleeps he points them out and asks in his own little way if we can go and see them. Once we are near he squeals and chases th wee lambs and is unstoppable until I scoop him up.

Wuzza is weary of my human baby, but he has come over to say hello a couple of times. He’s my first wooly baby and I have missed him dearly, not sure the same could be said in return… but I’ll be sure to offer him some bread to reestablish a bond of trust.

When we first arrived to the home late last Friday afternoon, there was a gorgeous bouquet of wildflowers, some free range eggs and wonderfully juicy oranges for us to enjoy from Tessa and Brian.  Such a welcome package for a couple of tired travellers!

Australia!

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 10.59.02 amScreen Shot 2017-04-10 at 10.58.14 amScreen Shot 2017-04-10 at 10.57.47 amIf you’d have asked me a year ago if we’d be in Australia again in 1.5 years time – I would have shaken my head firmly and reassured you that we were going to be in New Zealand forever. ¬†We both thought that was what we were committing to upon arrival. ¬†We were here to stay.

Now a year on, our little boy is growing and we’ve settled in but are more flexible with where we need to be. ¬†Mike was offered a position back in Western Australia that honestly was too good to turn down. ¬†He’ll be flying over next month and in 4 months time Wesley and I will follow over to join him. ¬†Just like that everything changes.

This is a conflicting decisions as we’re not too happy to be parting with family; however it does open up an opportunity for us to buy land now in New Zealand and eventually be able to set up our own little business. ¬†I’m just in the process of submitting paperwork for another 5 year visa to stay and work within Australia, and when that’s all secured we’ll be ready to go.

I’m sure many of the readers here are shaking their heads. ¬†How many times have we moved over the past 7 and a bit years?

We have moved from 6 locations: Banff, Melbourne, Eneabba, Coorow, Perth, Palmerston North… ¬†I think we probably travel more than military families at this point.

Some more family is waiting in Australia for us in Adelaide and Melbourne so we shall be flying more often to see them as well, along with our network of friends which will be nice to see them more often (a few of them have had babies too) but it’s truly with heavy hearts that we made the call to leave New Zealand for now. ¬†The only solace is that it’s not permanent.

I’ll be applying for permanent residency by this Christmas and hopefully that will make transitioning to and from a bit easier.

After we buy land, there will be developments that we will need to tend to, so you shall be seeing more of us again int the near future. ¬†Wesley has his own little New Zealand passport and I know we’ll be back often for family visits as he continues to grow and turn into a little independent person.

Side note: ¬†Wesley stood all on his own yesterday for nearly 30 seconds. ¬†It was pretty incredible to watch. ¬†We’ve also just planted a small winter crop of veggies that should hopefully be ready in a few months.

So I guess, if you’ve not had the chance to see us in New Zealand, you’ll have to come and check out Australia!

With love,

Holly, Mike & Wesley

Ps: The photo of Mike was taken during a very special time when we were camping in the South West of WA. ¬†We were whale watching and embracing the somewhat unconfirmed news that we were very likely travelling with the beginnings of life in my belly. ¬†I’m really hoping we can show Wesley the area…it’s magical!

A Forgotten Spider Orchid

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I’ve been looking at some photos in my archives today and came across this orchid (just popping out) from our trip to Stirling Range National Park last September. ¬†It struck me, that I’d not noticed this photograph properly when I first reviewed the images.

It’s a stunner of an orchid, and in admiring it…I suddenly had the thought to look up the orchid season here in New Zealand.

As luck would have it Рthere is a fantastic site that shows the locations and flowering times for the native orchids throughout the country.  There are some even blooming this month.

It looks like the season is heaviest during the spring/summer period (Oct-Jan) which is awesome. ¬†I’ll hopefully be able to make it out and hike some rugged tracks and be able to bend down for long periods of time by that point!

http://www.nativeorchids.co.nz/index.html

I’ve also been meaning to get some photos of the spectacular jumping spiders here – but each time I’ve been out with my camera they seem to go into hiding. ¬†We’ve spotted at least 10 different species around our home and Mike’s mums. ¬†I’ll have to keep trying.

Lately, I’m mostly resting, meditating, doing prenatal yoga, reading and taking Tess for little short walks. ¬†The link to the prenatal yoga video was provided to me by a good friend (thanks Emily!) recently and has helped me stretch out muscles that have been – lets say mildly dormant the past few months. ¬†The videography is beautiful (as is the music) and even for someone who might not have a lot of experience (if any) with yoga the narration is gentle and encourages safe practice. ¬†If you’re limited in movement this is a great place to start.

We also did a two day antenatal class this past weekend, and also took a tour of the local hospital. ¬†It was so nice to be around other people who were at the same stage of pregnancy, and could laugh together about all the crazy changes we’ve been going through.

This provided a great place for the partners to ask questions and have open discussions about all the things we were unsure of. ¬†I also loved watching Mike dress a baby and wear a pregnancy suit, it was really a great intro to parenthood for us. ¬†If you do get the chance to sign up for a class I’d highly recommend it.

 

5.00am

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This morning the balcony view was stunning.  I stared at the colours until the red and pink faded into blue sky and then promptly fell asleep again.

I’ve just ordered some organic cloth diapers, and waterproof¬†merino wool bottoms for the baby this morning. ¬†If anyone has ever tried these types of diapers/covers before I’d love to know how you went with them. ¬†Naturally we’re prepared for it to be a little gross and more time consuming… and will have some disposables for back up/emergency.

Now, I know some of you may or may not have just rolled your eyes (like my dad probably this this morning when I told him).  Stay with me, the basis for this choice Рis the apparent long term cost savings.

This could all end up going “bottoms up” and become a terrible experience as my dad lamented this morning when we spoke. ¬†Either way, if you’ve given it a crack let me know what it was like.

Diapers preferences aside, are there any newborn/baby items you swear by as a mum or dad?  

We’ve only just begun considering the crucial things we’ll need to have ready for a new born. I discovered a blog about eco friendly diapers here, which lead me to the merino woollen covers and eventually down the path to cloth diapers.

Seriously though, any words of wisdom would be much appreciated and welcome.

We’ve been gifted some ridiculously teeny tiny cute outfits, toys and books from our friends here in Perth, and New Zealand. ¬†One item particularly is at first glance odd – but is in fact a small flatout¬†koala bear that is made of sheepskin. ¬†I may or may not have been known to cuddle with it… ¬†I’d never heard of it before, but as an adult I see the appeal of luxuriously soft wool. ¬†It’s irresistible to touch.

Unrelated side note: There has been some good music surfacing online the past few weeks:

And in keeping with the parent theme of this post:  If you love dad jokes Рyou need to check out this link.  A few of them had us cracking up.

I promise (swear on my heart) not to do this kind of post often.

x

-Holly

The Bump.

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Hey everyone, this is the belly today as we near 5 months. ¬†I took another photo last week with my pro camera, but I’m kind of actually very naked in it…

Tess has been moping and looks really sad most of the time.  However, tomorrow her adventure begins!  We will both be on our way to New Zealand for the holidays to spend some time with Mike and his awesome family.

Mike flew out yesterday morning – and whilst I’ll be travelling tomorrow I won’t actually arrive until Wednesday, due to the fact that I rushed and booked a flight without looking at the 24 hour stop over….haha in Brisbane.

The¬†silver lining:¬†I’ve never actually been to Queensland and am so stoked I get to spend a night and day in Brisbane in a swanky hotel near the river.

Do you have any special holiday traditions?  

I’d love to hear what you and your loved ones do each Christmas…

Sending you all love and cheer.

xo

Holly, Mike, Baby and Tess.