Well hello there and welcome to my blog!
I guess you’re here because you want to know a bit more about me. So here goes.
My name is Kel. I’m a first-time tree changer and long-time blog lurker.
For those not familiar with the term:
treechange (noun). A movement of people from cities to the countryside. Those looking to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind often find themselves packing up their studio apartment and buying or renting a house in the bush. Origin: Australia. Tree + Change, by analogy with Seachange.
As the definition implies, I spent most of my life as one of the five million plus people living elbow to elbow in Sydney, Australia before I took a chance and moved to the country.
My husband and I left our quarter acre block and sensible city jobs for a 100 acre patch of trees, dams and a few paddocks a few hours out of Sydney.
We live here full-time with our three kelpie dogs, a zoo load of native animals and the occasional stray herd of cows.
Moving to the country was the best move I’ve ever made, my only regret (to lean on that old cliché) is I didn’t do it sooner.
I’m a full-time remote worker (still doing marketing stuff for city based corporates) and part-time Jill of all rural trades. My resume now includes skills such as chainsawing fallen trees without damaging my own limbs, removing blenders from the dam (yep, blenders) and mothering baby ducks.
I’ve also always loved writing and this blog is a way for my family and friends to keep up with my adventures. If you enjoy it too – bonus!
So why I am I writing this blog?
I’m young (cough) -ish and a bit of a novelty by the usual tree changing standards and forever getting asked questions about our new life in the country and how it works.
And to be totally honest it doesn’t always work.
I spent the good part of my adult life living five minutes from three supermarkets with mail delivered to my door and free to air TV – let’s just say there are A LOT of learnings and adjustments.
So I’m writing this blog to share the good, bad, ugly and ultimately funny things that happen when you move to the middle of nowhere after life as a city slicker.
What will you get out of my posts?
A good laugh (I hope), some inspiration and some information if you’re looking to escape a big city for a quieter life amongst the trees.
And if you are a tree change candidate – the confidence making a move like this is possible. And easier than you think.
Have I convinced you yet?
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