The unthinkable - we're moving
We never thought we'd be writing about leaving our beautiful house of love, but here we are.
We have decided to move to my hometown of Port Fairy, where I grew up and where my family have lived for four generations. Port Fairy has been calling me for a while - there is a part of me that has never left. There's a long back-story to it, and lots of reasons why we are moving, but I'll summarize by saying that my Mum, Auntie and two Uncles live there, and it will be wonderful to be walking distance to family (and everything else). We feel like we will moving from one kind of paradise (Merrimu) to another (Port Fairy).
It hasn't been an easy decision, primarily because we built our house as our 'forever' house. We love this place so much, and we have sunk our roots deep here, having been in Bacchus Marsh for 10 years. We have made so many beautiful, amazing, supportive friends here and we are already grieving. This home has so many memories, so much history, so much love within it, that at times, I have wondered if I could actually physically leave.
We have been thinking about all the amazing people who have helped us build this house. Over 90 people in fact - friends, family and strangers helped us to build this home. It is this that has made our home so special. We have also been thinking of Peter's parents Ian and Sue who have helped us finish the house (financially as well as project managing), namely the ceiling, flooring and garage to name but a few.
To everyone who has supported us from near and far, and worked next to us, contributing serious muscle power, brain power, sweat, creativity, support and love - all we can say is thank you from the bottom of ours hearts - your support has not gone in vain - we have enjoyed and relished every single day we have lived in this home. It has seen us through some very tough times, and been an incredible haven of healing, joy, sorrow and connection. Our memories of Leroy are particularly strong here in Merrimu.
We have been working very hard to finish things off. It was probably naive of us, but we only built it for us, not for any potential future owner. So there have been lots of things to do. But we are almost there.
So now we turn our attention to Sustainable House Day on Sunday, 17th September 2017 where we will have our last chance to share our knowledge, our mistakes, our vision, our journey and hopefully, some inspiration. You can search for houses near you at sustainablehouseday.com.
Our home is now officially on the market, and we are trusting that the universe will put us in touch with some amazing people who will enjoy and relish living here as much as we do. It warms my heart very much (and keeps me sane) knowing that we will be passing on this house of love for others to enjoy.
PS as of 6th October, a contract has been signed!