I can hardly believe that it has been a year since I moved into our house. There is still a lot to be done of course and Naomi is yet to sell her house but now that she is retired she hopes to be up here for good if not by Christmas then at least by the end of this coming summer.
The following post was written by Naomi just before moving day and I thought that it would be nice to run it again with a few extra photos taken since then.
Our Move to Sisters Beach Tasmania:
Well the big day is tomorrow Thursday November 21st. I will be driving from where I live in Oatlands to Geeveston to pick up Vanda and Polly. I live in the Southern Midlands which is almost in the centre of the state. It takes around two hours to drive to Geeveston. It’s strange to think it will be the last time I go to that house. Of course I have to time it right to avoid movers, cleaners and anyone dropping by to say farewell. I am taking my two boys Toby and Teddy for the drive so we will aim to get there for around lunch time. From there we will drive back to Oatlands where we will have a break. Vanda will grab us a snack and make tea while I repack the car as I will have to put some of my own things in there including a folding lazyboy to sleep on as we will not have a stick of furniture until Friday. Of course the reason for the repacking of the car is to ensure that Wazza’s space is used efficiently and to give poor Polly some air as it is a very long trip. She may want some water before the next stretch to Sister’s Beach which will take us three and a half hours. We are all of course quite excited and can’t wait to get there. There has already been quite a lot of excited chatter about what we will do while I have a little time off work. We hope to explore a bit and take some photos of the surrounding areas and of course choose some paint for painting our home’s interior.
Last Friday I took the boys and went to collect the keys so we would have them ahead of time. It meant no stopping and waiting in Wynyard for them at the real estate office. We had a lovely day at the house just looking around. I did a bit of cleaning and made some notes on what jobs would have to be done. I noted we would need the services of a sparky but we could do the painting ourselves to save money. The boys explored the garden and ran into every room of the house. They were puzzled by the stairs and poor Toby struggled with them at first. They have not had a lot of experience with stair cases and this one is fairly steep. It was fun to watch them sniffing new smells and making their own discoveries as they trotted about. While I was there I took a few snaps of the empty house and the beautiful garden while in full bloom. It certainly had the “Wow” effect on me after my boring garden. I put together this slideshow as a sneak peak. So welcome to our new home and see you all again soon.
First, congratulations! You made it! It looks nice and tidy and also, about the same age as ours — my best guess from the tiles and stuff in the kitchen. I have pretty much the same arrangement. It was very popular in the late 1960s and all the way through the 1970s. Of course, it could have been redone at that point from an earlier version … can’t tell that from a photo.
About dogs and stairs: PUT DOWN STEP RUGS on each step, and have a non-sliding (rubber bottom) carpet at the top and bottom of the stairs. Dogs fall down slippery stair just like people and old dogs especially. Naked stairs are dangers. They need something into which they can sink their claws for balance. The rug at the TOP of the stairs give them a safe, non-slippery spot to figure out what moves to make.
Have a wonderful home life for all — dogs, sisters and friends!
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The house was originally built in 1968 but we think that it has been substantially changed inside since then. Probably had a big revamp in the 90s. The ceiling downstairs is really low which makes us wonder if it wasn’t originally some sort of storage area but later converted when the place was used as two holiday flats. The downstairs bathroom looks like it was built where there was once a staircase and the current stairs are obviously an add on. They are seriously steep. Teddy and Toby are now very comfortable with them although Naomi does not really like Toby using them too much in case he hurts himself. Cindy is afraid to go down. I don’t think she trusts her back legs even though the stairs are carpeted. She is getting like that about all stairs now. I have been able to coax her up stairs but it’s easier to just take her down the ramp from the balcony round the garden and in through the front door.
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I can’t believe it is a year either. What a strange year it has been.
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That now really felt like yesterday, even to me… remember your post about it but didn’t feel like it was already a year back.
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I know, hard to believe.