Monday 13 June 2011

farewell feast

Our home was warmed in the manner to which we have all been accustomed. An evolving parade of colourfully adorned children, tables heaving with delicious pots of food, sweet sweet tunes, the ringing of laughter and most of all the love that radiated from all of our very special and dear friends and family. What a beautiful way to say goodbye, beautiful and so sad. 

photo by Hayley

For the last four and a half years we have had the incredible and delightful luck of being surrounded and loved by some of the most awe-inspiring, beautiful and creative people I could ever have imagined. I have enjoyed relationships that have been so nourishing that they have not only unveiled my hidden creative side but filled me with so much love that they have been the realisation of friendships I had previously only dreamed about.

And now we are leaving. We are leaving this special community for another. A place that currently exists largely in our dreams; a life that is simpler, a life surrounded by more trees, a crystal clear river, lazy days, more time, more handicrafts, music and more time to spend whiling away. We know that it will be hard, we will miss the closeness of those we love the most, we will find it hard to adjust to the newness of it all and working out how do we all fit together in this new dynamic?

So here is this blog that will begin with the end of our time in Sydney and bring you all with us as we explore our new home and our new way of life. The aim for this space is that it will be full of trees, craft, us, adventures and random bits and pieces. Hopefully this will brighten your day and inspire you all in some way or another. xxx


  1. Pfft - hard for you?! Spare a thought for those of us left behind, wandering around aimlessly in op shops as we realise there's no need to buy that fluoro pink top in sz3 any to text to say there's a doily explosion at to moan to, laugh with, and most importantly to roll eyes with. Enjoy your fine dining and natural wonderland while we breathe in Princes Highway. :o)

    Oh dear, how much we'll miss you all.

  2. cass, please stop bringing tears to my eyes. my tear ducts will be stripped dry before we leave, then i will just have to cry blood!
    please keep me posted with all explosions, so that i can live vicariously

  3. oh yay! A blog for us to squizz your wonderful new life in a place that will always be dear, dear to my heart - Bellingen! Can't wait to see the trees, adventures and especially the *crafty* stuff in this space. Go forth now and let me live vicariously through And The Trees!

  4. Can't wait to follow your amazing adventures. We are sure you are following a very bright star. xxx

  5. Hey Jay, this is a great idea...luckily you'll have "lazy days, more time", 'cause that's what I've found you need when you become that most ethereal and mercurial of beasts...the blogger!
    Good luck - with the move and the blog.
    And thanks for setting this up so us gormless voyeurs can "live" the dream too.

  6. let me know when phil has set up the giant tree rope swing and various bungie contraptions, and i'll be there!

    love love love

  7. ooh hello lovely new blog! I'm glad to be amongst your first followers and excited by the journey ahead!

    xo em

  8. Hey Jay. Sitting here working in Ampersand Cafe Paddington and discovered a sealed envelope from the poet in residence at the cafe! I opened it and this was the poem. It made me think of you guys and bittersweet journey of moving on. Lisa x

    Buying into the property market
    By Skye Loneragan

    The SOLD sticker
    straddling FOR SALE
    is peeling in the drizzle.

    My heart is curling
    just the same
    at the thought of having to own something
    to keep the rain
    off my hair.

    I will sit here and stare
    at my latest purchase
    before unpacking the banana boxes.


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