Another New House In Paradise….

by Lori Dwyer on August 21, 2011 · 31 comments

We’re moving again, out of this tiny cottage, to a another, bigger house.

Less of a cottage. More storage space. Closer to town, on the main street, in fact. Quiet now, but come Summer and the town will buzz will people, traffic on foot, bikes and by car rolling by my house.

I’m perfectly OK with that. I like to sit back and watch the passing parade.

The new house is on a big block of land, with a flame tree at the back, just perfect for a treehouse.

I’ll have to start my veggie garden over, plant my flowers again.

And there are less kangaroos there, just a 75 second drive from here.

But I am looking forward to it.

Starting again, again.

This little house has served us so well. It’s kept us warm through this horrible winter. It’s gardens have taught me to grow.

It is a very peaceful place.

But there are so many tears here.. so much sadness. The back veranda feels lonely, haunted by the ghost of my husband I wished existed. The cupboards feel cluttered with memories shoved in a nd packed quickly, and unpacking them again feels as if it will bring some release, the way packing them up the first time bought none, only more tension and pain, the surreality of goodbyes kicking in.

I came here so broken.

I have a little while left before I leave.

I won’t be whole.

But my pieces are closer together than they were.

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Shellye August 24, 2011 at 3:35 am

Congratulations on your new home in Paradise. Glad to know that you are experiencing some healing. I pray for peace and continued healing for you and yours.


Squiggly Rainbow August 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

moving is stressful at the best of times, but planting and Springtime and new flowers bring me so much joy and I'm glad they do you too! We just got chickens… they are the quirkiest little things – fun, they eat your scraps and bring a laugh! Rach xx


Jodie Ansted August 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

That treehouse sounds perfect.

Wishing you joy and love in your new place, hon. xxx


Annabellz August 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

Wishing you all a safe, healing journey.


Oscar’s Mum August 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Sounds like you are in a better place, that's good to hear.


Brenda August 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Change is good.xx


Melissa August 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I was going to post literally word for word what A Daft Scots Lass (what an awesome profile name, btw) posted.

Another step, Lori. A step forward. A step away, perhaps, but one you need to take.

A new garden to nurture, while you slowly heal.


A Daft Scots Lass August 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Another step, another stage.


Glowless @ Where’s My Glow August 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Sounds awesome. And I haz super glue and gaffa tape I can give you to help with the sticking together of pieces. x


Jillian August 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

The act of moving sucks. But being in a new home, starting afresh, is awesome. good luck!


ruddygood August 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Sounds like a good time and place to move.

Moving is akin to root canal work for me these days, but with a happy move in my near future, too, I can relate to the hopefulness in your post. x


Caitlyn Nicholas August 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Big hugs brave lady :)


Miss Pink August 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Good luck! The move sounds good.


Crystal August 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Best of luck with this latest change, Lori! I'm so glad you feel a little closer to whole this time. HUG!


Zoey @ Good Goog August 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

Moving can be torture but it can be so therapeutic.


Sarah August 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

A perfect time to move, Spring time is the chance for new beginnings, I hope the new house is as well :)


Melissa August 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

Sounds wonderful. I hope your new home brings you some peace and comfort. Every little bit towards "better" is huge, so huge. Congratulations on the amazing progress you're making, and on the amazing way you're surviving such a tragedy.


edenland August 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

A change is as good as a goddamn holiday. I like that you will get to see the passing parade of people. I like that you will create some new summer memories in a new place.



Wanderlust August 22, 2011 at 7:52 am

Hey babe, that sounds like a good place to move to, with more people and energy surrounding you. Sometimes it takes lots of new beginnings to get where we need to be. Love to you. x


Christie August 22, 2011 at 7:47 am

Sounds like a good move, the hustle and bustle of Summer may be just what you need. Wishing you a smooth transition xx


Amy xxoo August 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

I love that you can say your peices are closer together – i'm happy for you to hear it.
Good luck with the move. Even though the new place is only 75 seconds from the cottage, i bet moving is still a pain in the bum!


Adalita August 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

Oh your new place sounds so pretty. I hope that it is easier moving this time. HUGS!


Kristy August 22, 2011 at 5:45 am

I'm thinking you are so brave, the steps you take, for the better, for the change. It must be hard, but you're right. It sounds like it will be better. I love this quote I've read once about gardens. Something like gardens being proof that hope exists.


Poppy August 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Wow your story has touched a raw nerve in me – strength to you and your family and here is to new beginnings xx


Kelloggsville August 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

change is good. happy moving xx


In Real Life August 22, 2011 at 3:33 am

That is awesome! I hope that you enjoy your new house. *HUGS*


Mum on the Run August 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

A move closer to whole.
Sounds like a winner.


Suzy August 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Change is good, another fresh start. I hope it brings you some peace.


Denwise aka Denyse Whelan August 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm

You seem ready now to enter a bigger home… The smaller one allowed you to be wrapped up in it with the kids….now your choice to move brings more light & space & passing people into your second half of living without the man


The Hand of a Jeanie August 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Glad to hear there is some healing evolving. X


Mrs Woog August 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Good. Sounds good. X


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