Our House In The Country Is Now A Home
Our little house in country West Gippsland has proven to be a very happy new home for us! Moving in April 2017, it’s hard to believe it’s coming up for two years since we came here because we settled in very quickly into making the house feel like home. It’s as if we have always been here, and somehow, without wishing to forget our previous home on the coast - which I was both very fond of and happy in - we have not looked back!
The call to move out here was compelling from the day I set foot on the property. I immediately imagined myself living here - which is always a good sign when buying a home! - and somehow in my heart of hearts, I knew this was the right place for us to be. As it has turned out, it is.
Being surrounded by stunning scenery, waking up to singing birds and a beautiful sunrise streaming the bedroom window has been like a soothing balm to our frazzled hearts. When we moved here, I had only just finished radiation treatment that January, and so we were still fragile and tender after such a stressful time. We needed for life to calm down and be peaceful, and it's proven to be just what the doctor ordered!
Living out here in this very special part of the world is like being given a gift every day, and I marvel at how lucky I feel when I catch myself thinking about it. As I stand at my kitchen sink looking out at lush, green, rural scenery that belongs in a Jane Austin novel, it comes to you like a soft and subtle knowing, a sense of being entirely at peace, a contentedness deep down in one's bones … I am in the right place ... this is now home.
Since I started doing the LIVE Instagram posts at the beginning of the year - and my thanks to everyone who joins in on them because it’s such a fun and happy way to connect with women around the world - I've talked a great deal and been able to show people the stunning scenery that surrounds my property. I have a big and bold view. One that showcases a vast sky, beautiful neighbouring farms - such as this stunning daffodil farm right at my fence line - and the nearby Baw Raw ranges in the background. The sheer size of the view gives me a feeling of being free, which is a daily gift that feeds my spirit.
I'm up at dawn to catch the sun as it climbs up over the ridge. Every day the sky changes, so it’s like visiting an art gallery each morning. No two days are the same, and no matter if it is sunny or cloudy, the view is something to behold. I tell people that it is not dissimilar to when you get home from the hospital with a new baby. You do tend to get a bit lost in the magnitude of the moment. I can easily while away time while marvelling at this perfect beauty, looking out at it in awe and being so grateful that I am so blessed.
Just harking back to that time with my precious newborns, so it is with this view, it can be a total time waster! I’ve got to watch myself that I don’t get too comfy on the couch in the winter or settled in at the table on the terrace in the summer, so I don’t become a lazybones looking at the clouds floating by. And yet then again, that’s precisely what I do occasionally because this extraordinary view speaks deeply to my heart. It is so spectacular it commands one’s attention. You simply have to stop and stare. So it must always be enjoyed in the moment.
Apart from the spectacular land that I have landed on, we are also so enjoying our little house.
While being humble in its size and structure, the house somehow transcends that reality and due to its location, becomes as gorgeous and wonderful as any country home. It’s just an ordinary house but in an extraordinary place! And while I’ve always fancied that I would have made a super fabulous mistress of a vast estate or chatelaine of a grand mansion - instructing and directing an army of cooks, housekeepers and gardeners is my idea of a fun day at the office! - instead, I am the owner of my sweet, little house plonked in a paddock! And happy to be so!
The house is a ranch-style, single story, three-bedroom abode. At the heart of the home - and what gives it its character - is the stunning cathedral roof in the living room. Beautifully constructed, it provides this space with the same height and depth, so for what is a relatively plain style of house, it has some ‘Oooh’ factor.
Upon entering the front door, its always the very first thing that people say - 'Ooooh, that roof is amazing, what a great room!’ Almost as if it is a surprise that it is a great room! It’s like wearing a plain outfit dressed up with a killer pair of glamorous shoes or a knock-out designer handbag, it just has the ‘WOW' factor when you were not quite expecting it!
The main thing about the house which has been so nice to discover and enjoy, is that no matter where one sits or stands in any part of this main living room - which also combines to the dining room and kitchen - it’s impossible not to be drawn out the windows beyond to the hills of West Gippsland. One decorating strategy I've employed is to put large mirrors up on every wall, which then captures every stream of light and magnifies the view beyond.
Every spot through every window provides a different view. As I noted earlier, I can often find myself so caught by the sheer beauty of the landscape beyond, that I’ll stop and stare out for a few minutes marvelling at how I can see cows and sheep dotted on the opposite hillside or see the farmer’s tractor out in the fields. It’s a good thing I have nowhere to be and no demands on my time - beyond creating a beautiful farm full of flowers! - as just the simple act of sitting on the couch watching Netflix is a joy.
I have to say that moving here has been a beautiful thing. The house is a teeny bit smaller than I’d like, but that’s only because having come from a two-story house on the Mornington Peninsula, I was used to spreading out and having two floors of living area. Nonetheless, the house has taken our furniture beautifully, and I think - and I hope you agree - she is a pretty, little house in the country. As sweet a spot as I could ever hope and wish for.