The time has come to say… see you in a little while


The time has come, the house is just about packed and we are saying our see you in a little whiles.  Friday is the day we leave Sydney and fly to Townsville to start a new life there.  It’s a big unknown for me.  GT been there for the last 3 months starting his new job (remind me to take off to Europe for a long holiday by myself at the mention of the next move okay?) and while his family live there for the girls and I it’s starting over. Builds resilience right? Right!?

We renovated our house in Sydney a few years ago and while it’s not our “forever home” we love it and it’s home for us.  Some of my favourite parts of the house are;

The long hallway, we had quite the rouges gallery down the other end of it.

our hallway

the heart of the home, the kitchen where all the BE&S action took place

BE&S Kitchen

the garden, while small was used daily, the cubby house in the corner got too small for the girls but was great for climbing up on the roof and jumping off apparently!

our little garden

This was Miss E’s room from when she was 15 months old so it’s changed from a nursery to a girly girl room, we (I) have had a great cull of all the baby stuff and eleventy billion soft toys

Girls bedroom

Miss M was born into this house

girly room

We have rented it out so hopefully the tenants have as much joy & fun times as we have.

Apart from the house itself we struck gold when we moved in to have the best neighbours, seriously THE best a whole neighbourhood of them.  The kids are all around the same age, go to school together and we were never short of someone to have a chat, coffee or wine or two with either. A rare thing in Sydney I think or any big city

I was truly spoilt and surprised when the ladies of the hood gave me an amazing dinner party in Ilana’s garden to say goodbye.  It really was a magical night under twinkly stars, lights and gold pineapples!

private dinner partyHow spoilt am I right?  The food was catered by Dining Abode and was amazing & our lovely waitress was so much fun. Such a fabulous experience.

When the time came to say something I couldn’t find the right words, apart from thank you of course, but it’s not saying goodbye because while we won’t be living here anymore it doesn’t matter if you don’t see true friends very often you just pick up where you left of and they will always be in your hearts.

Before I get too weepy, there’s always something to look forward to and I’m taking a positive view about the move.  We’ve bought a house up there which we’ve started renovating already, a 1950’s Queenslander so quite different to our Federation.  The bedrooms will be done by the end of the week and the kitchen & staircase (at the moment there is no internal staircase which is slightly odd to my city and cooler climate ways so rectifying that) hopefully by January.  The girls school seems really nice and the people so far have been so friendly.  GT is loving his job & the girls will love having so much family around them, the slower pace of life will be good for everyone for a while.

So while it’s so long Sydney for a time it’s not forever and new adventures await.

(Linking up with #IBOT)

Have you ever moved interstate?  Any tips?





57 comments on “The time has come to say… see you in a little while

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    September 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I didn’t move intestate, but I did move across the world. I think it’s important to embrace the adventure and know that really good friendships don’t depend on you being together. The world is so small now, your favourite people are only a phone call away, and you get to make new friends too! Here’s to new beginnings and your tropical adventures! xx

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Sammie, moving across the world is a big thing! You are right the world is so small now and it’s easy to keep in touch. Tropical adventures await! x

  2. Raychael aka Mystery Case
    September 22, 2015 at 10:23 am

    What a gorgeous house. Lots of luck with the relocation. What an adventure. We’ve moved 22 times, our last from NSW to WA and I’m now done with moving. Our three girls are all in high school and it just gets too much. Thankfully hubby’s job is now permanent, so we no longer need to relocate at a moments notice but I do hope we have one more move in us. Just locally, once we finally sell our house in NSW and build over here. Can’t wait.

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you Raychael I can’t even imagine moving 22 times no wonder you are done, that’s a massive undertaking.

  3. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    September 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    So sad to leave such a beautiful home but SO exciting too! You have so many adventures ahead of you. PS – the light in your old kitchen is so beautiful!!!

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks Lucy, yes new adventures await. Even though we need to make a new kitchen in the new house the view is amazing so will also have great light!

  4. Mumma McD
    September 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Best of luck to you and the family, safe travels, it’s all an adventure!! X

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you, an adventure it is (I sound like Yoda!) x

  5. Deborah
    September 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve moved a lot – intrastate, interstate and overseas, but always alone and I suspect it’s very different with family.

    I’m sure it’ll go well and you’ll all settle in to life in Townsville quite easily!

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks so much Deb, this is the first big move with family in tow but luckily they are young enough to adapt easily (I hope).

  6. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    September 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    How exciting to be moving to a new state – so many new experiences ahead of you all. Having gone through 3 overseas moves in 7 years I’d like to think I’m an old hand at this, but I know it’s never easy saying good bye. Good times always follow and I know before you know it, you’ll be at home.

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks Nancy, you have had a lot of moves in a short space of time! I’m viewing it as an adventure!

  7. Shannon@ mytwomorrows
    September 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful memories and so much to look forward to too. So great that we got to see you before you leave Syd! Can’t wait to hear more once you’re settled. Xx

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Was so lovely to see you too, hopefully not too long until we meet up again. x

  8. EssentiallyJess
    September 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Oh big changes for you; I know how hard it can be. We moved from Darwin to South Australia last year, and it was the first time I had ever moved from my home town. It was very tough, and I still miss it. But life is good here, and we do ok. Just take things easy and you’ll be fine. And we will be in blog land waiting for you to come back. x

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks Jess, I think life will be good there too just a bit different for a while.

  9. stephanie@stephsjoy
    September 22, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you do with your new house given your house in Sydney Vicki! Hope the family settles quickly to life in Townsville! x

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Thank you Steph, I’m sure it won’t take the girls long to settle they are good ages for a move. Was lovely to see you on Saturday x

  10. Jodi Gibson (JF Gibson Writer)
    September 22, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Wishing you all the best with your new adventure. While it’s sad leaving things behind, you are taking your beautiful memories with you, and will make so many more. Home is where the heart is. xx

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Thank you Jodi, you are right and it’s all part of life’s adventure isn’t it?

  11. Kathy
    September 23, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Good luck with the move north. I worked in Townsville for a year back in the 90’s with my then boyfriend, now husband of 20 years! We still have really good friends there (our best man at our wedding) who even though we don’t see very often, we always pick up where we left off. I’m sure it will be like that with your friends in Sydney. Good luck with the renovations too.

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks so much Kathy. It seems like lots of people have a connection with Townsville.

  12. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    September 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    How exciting and scary all at the same time! I’ve never moved interstate, but as a 19 year old I did move from Brissie to Innisfail, and loved it. Good luck for your move, I just know you’re going to love living in your Queenslander xx

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      We moved to Perth when I was 6 & back to Sydney when I was 15 (awful age to do it) and then I lived in London for 6 years but this is the first time with my own family. I’m excited about the house potential will keep you posted!

  13. Pinky Poinker
    September 23, 2015 at 8:48 am

    You must call me and we’ll go for coffee. I’ll be here at least until the end of the year to finish the school term depending on how long it takes to sell me house 🙂 Send me an email x

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      I will definitely be doing that thank you x

  14. Beck @craftypjmum
    September 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I moved interstate 20 years ago and have loved where I live ever since. I am in Mackay, so welcome to the beautiful north tropical QLD xx

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Oh that is good to hear and thank you I think we will like the tropical north!

  15. Vanessa
    September 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Good luck with the move. I love that kitchen in your Sydney house!

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much, fingers crossed!

  16. Kajsa
    September 23, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    The “hood” won’t be the same without you…. The food and blog chats, the wines, the playdates the helping hand, we’ll all miss you heaps but as you say it’s not good bye just see you later…. And it gives us a reason to go to Townsville, haven’t really had one so far……. I know you’ll make the most of this opportunity and you still have your two best friends, Thermie and Soda! xxxxx

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Ha ha! We will just have to have virtual chats and drinks now!

  17. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    September 24, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Sydney to Townsville is quite the leap, but I’m sure it will be fabulous and you will squeeze every little bit of awesome of it. I hope you hit the jackpot with your neighbours again. (Belated IBOT drop in)

    • Vicki
      September 24, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks Malinda, I think one neighbour has her own yoga studio and teaches from home so no excuse not to get into yoga now, I will have to become zen!

  18. Maxabella
    September 25, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Such a big change, Vicki. I’m just sorry we didn’t spend some time together while you were Sydney-based. Best of luck with both the goodbyes and the hellos! x

    • Vicki
      September 26, 2015 at 7:42 am

      I will be back Bron! Next time we are down for a few days I will be better organised and arrange something, I had all the intentions of doing something before we left but it was a crazy time! Taking a breath for a couple of days now before the unpacking begins! x

  19. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    September 26, 2015 at 8:15 am

    All the best with your move! Enjoy the warmer Qld weather and more relaxed lifestyle!

    • Vicki
      September 27, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks so much Ingrid, it’s certainly warmer up here now!! It’s an exciting week to arrive the town has gone rugby league crazy x

  20. Amy @ Handbagmafia
    September 26, 2015 at 8:25 am

    All the best for the move! Your Sydney hoise looks gorgeous!

    • Vicki
      September 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks Amy we have arrived to rugby league Grand Final fever!!!!

  21. Kirralee @ Escape With Kids
    September 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    What a gorgeous house you have! I can’t wait to see the results of the renovations you do up north. We moved from Melbourne to Sydney, then back to Melbourne, then back to Sydney. It’s a bigger job with kids, but I found they make it easier to meet people and feel settled in your new community. It seemed like such a big deal at the time, but I found on the Northern Beaches where we live there are heaps of expats, especially from Britain, South Africa and France. So I soon realised that having all our family in Melbourne was a hell of a lot easier than having them all on the other side of the world! I hope your move goes super well.

    • Vicki
      September 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks so much Kirralee, some of the new school mums have already arranged a play date which is so nice and the teachers wrote the girls welcome letters so already feeling a bit better about it all. x

  22. Claire @ Life on Wallace
    September 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    All the best with the move, it’s tough isn’t it! We’ve moved from Tassie, to Canberra and then to Sydney in 2011. About a year ago we moved suburbs in Sydney. My tip, it takes time to settle in/for associates to become friends/to find new doctors, hairdressers etc. You need to give it at least a year before you decide on whether you really like living there.

    • Vicki
      September 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much for the tip & speaking from experience, you’ve moved a lot! I hope the house reno will be a good distraction for a while but so far (2 days) everyone has been so friendly. x

  23. Sasha @ From the left field
    September 27, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Oh lovely it will be such a wonderful adventure for you all! And you know it’s not forever, it’s just an exciting chapter in your book. Enjoy the warmth, the laid back lifestyle, and the friendly community. And this week in particular will be a bumper week to live up there! I’m sure GT is pumped after that performance last night! My hubby is beside himself ha ha. Thank goodness for wine. 😛 xx

    • Vicki
      September 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Pumped, ah yes we picked him up from the airport with the team, so many people there cheering them on. The town has gone wild, such excitement, a good distraction & my wine glasses should arrive with our stuff tomorrow! x

  24. Cam @ Gen-Y Mum
    September 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

    What a lovely home … to leave 🙁

    Good luck with your new chapter. Hope you all settle in nicely and I’m sure you’ll keep us posted via your blog. W
    e’re considering moving states ourselves, its a scary thought as we won’t have any support, but we want a more balance home life, and Sydney home prices are driving us out.

    • Vicki
      September 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much. We have GT’s family here which has made it a bit easier & are hoping that the slower pace of life will be good for the family too. x

  25. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    September 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    What a beautiful house you are saying goodbye to chick – no wonder it is hard. Nope, I have never moved further than 5 minutes up the road, but I have dreamed about it.. and maybe one day. As for you – what exciting adventures you have ahead of you lovely lady and I for one cant wait to follow xx

    • Vicki
      September 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you Son, I will arrange our catch up though for when I’m back in Sydders for a few days x

  26. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    September 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

    What a huge change and adventure for you all, I hope it’s all going smoothly so far. I moved from country Victoria up to Brisbane when I finished uni, the only person I knew was my now husband and it was a very daunting experience for a 20 year old who was moving out of home for the first time! We always talked about moving back to Victoria but now 11 and a bit years down the track we have no desire to leave.

    • Vicki
      September 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Lauren, gosh yes that would have been daunting for you. Got loads unpacked today but still have some stuff like the toaster (!) in another container that won’t be up for a few more weeks unfortunately, the renovation is in full swing too but we hope to have a night there tomorrow night.

  27. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    September 29, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Incredibly brave! That’s all I can say – best of luck with the move. I imagine it must have been so hard to leave a good neighbourhood, home full of memories and such wonderful friends. So brave and sounds like you have many exciting new adventures ahead though – enjoy it and embrace the change x

    • Vicki
      September 29, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks so much Ashlea, trying to use some of your coastal tips in the new home, it’s nice to have a reno as a project to focus on.

  28. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    September 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    It’s a big change but a wonderful one. I hope you are settling in well and enjoying the warm weather before it gets hot. September in the best time of year in TNQ.

  29. Andrea Mitchell
    October 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Good Luck Vicki and family – what a great change for you all! It is brave and fun.
    After 15 moves, yes thanks Mr SM – and more we didn’t do. We have lots of tips and redirected mail, but in early days, I take LOTS of time settling in, for all, surprisingly it takes a while. It can be full on – all at once, exciting and daunting. Then it all slowly adjusts, you start calling your new place “home” and stop relying on the car GPS map every day to get around. I am still settling into Sydney, years on, I got lost last week!
    Best of luck for you, GT and girls – looking forward to many sunny tropical recipes in the newsletter& blog – I enjoy the recipes each week & blog – we have tried lots of yummy treats!

    • Vicki
      October 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks so much Andrea, I didn’t realise you had quite so many moves, 15!!! The GPS is my new best friend and there aren’t even that many roads to get lost in but I do. The girls have had a week and a half of school and are loving it which is such a relief. E is a bit homesick for her friends which is only normal I’m sure but it’s like M has always been here! I’m grateful to have the blog and the renovation as a project to focus on (even though it’s a bit of a nightmare) it’s keeping me busy. I’m so delighted to hear that you try some of my recipes – made my day. thanks for stopping by. Vx

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