Where I’m at…

I’m actually writing this post in real time. Why is that a big deal? Quite simply because for all of this year, I’ve been pre-scheduling posts almost a month out – just to try and keep content happening here when I knew that my world was so crazy that I wouldn’t be in a position to blog regularly otherwise.

So, here’s what’s been happening. On the 22nd of last month I packed up our Sydney house and watched the removal van drive away. Hubby and Miss T had moved out about 5 weeks before. It was seriously weird saying goodbye to 18 years of memories. It was seriously sad saying goodbye to friends and family. The following day we took possession of our new home on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and the day after that the truck arrived and we moved in.

I spent the next few days unpacking boxes until there were none left to unpack. The movers were heard to wonder at how many books I had and commented on the number of boxes with “kitchen” written on them. What can I say? I like to cook and I like to read.

Just a few days after that, hubby and I flew out to Vietnam. The trip, organised to celebrate my 50th birthday (yes, forget the number), was planned before the move was. the timing couldn’t have been worse – and it couldn’t have been better.

The same day we flew out, ex-tropical cyclone Debbie flew in and hit our part of the Coast. Miss T, who turned 19 the day we moved in, was left to face the deluge and the extended power outages. I suspect she’ll be reminding us of that for many years, ‘Hey Mum, remember the time you left me in a new house in the middle of a cyclone?’ On the upside, we know the house is sound and secure.

Vietnam exceeded my expectations. I’ve blogged about it quite a bit on and anyways and bored my instagram followers with lots of photos of food and lanterns. Ticks were made on bucket lists. If you’re interested, there’ll be a round-up post going up on and anyways tomorrow.

We flew back to Sydney on Easter Saturday, picked up the dog and the car, said farewell to my parents, shed a couple of tears, and began the 12 hour drive back to Queensland. Adventure Spaniel encountered a horse for the first time (at our overnight stop in Armidale…she was not impressed), has had her first trip to the beach, and has settled in as if she always lived here. As have we.

And that’s it. We’re home now – in our new home. For the first time in 9 weeks all of us (including the dog) are together. We’re settling in and getting used to our new life.

I’m working my old job still, but remotely and on reduced hours – which means more time for writing the things I want to write.

I’m walking in the mornings, and drive down to the beach at least once a day – for sunrise or sunset. It’s hard to believe that I’m now only 10 minutes or so away from one of the most beautiful beaches in a country that has lots of beautiful beaches. Vitamin Sea. I’m exhaling and can already feel Sydney lifting from my shoulders.

It’s been a manic start to the year, was tough leaving friends and family, and financially it was a huge decision – but I think in the long run we’ll be fine.

So what does any of this have to do with astrology? Not a lot. It’s more by way of updating those of you who have been thoughtful enough to ask how it’s all going.

Oh, and has Mercury retrograde impacted any of the move or the travel? No. I had the move all planned and done for before Mercury went retrograde; and while we were travelling I made sure we had back-up plans and spare undies in my carry-on. Just in case.

Back tomorrow with something about the Sun in Taurus…