Packing up house and moving again

Summer storm just to the east of Eleura Downs
Summer storm just to the east of Eleura Downs
The old cottage on Eleura Downs
The old cottage on Eleura Downs
Summer Sunset at Eleura Downs
Summer Sunset at Eleura Downs
Harold the harvesting contractor unloading wheat into "Betsy Butterbox"
Harold the harvesting contractor unloading wheat into "Betsy Butterbox"
Some of the gear - loading the airseeder from the grouper - wheat sowing
Some of the gear - loading the airseeder from the grouper - wheat sowing
A bit more gear
A bit more gear
This old 4386 International work 900 acres and then sowed the same 900 acres this year and it's just on 40 years old
This old 4386 International work 900 acres and then sowed the same 900 acres this year and it's just on 40 years old
An old Connor-shea airseeder,again 30 odd years old and still going strong
An old Connor-shea airseeder,again 30 odd years old and still going strong

One more time

Well, we're at it again. This will be move number..... (..... wait a bit, I'm just counting) 12, I think. And we've only been married 35 (um-mm or is it 34) years..... (2010 minus 1976 equals ......) yep 34 years. So, having to move again is a bit of a drag from my perspective. Except that, well really we don't have to move but we are.

It's time to advance again. We've been in retreat since 5th November 2008 and being here at Eleura Downs, courtesy of our mate Darren, has been really great for a young couple like us in our mid 50's who managed to go broke in the middle of the last global financial crisis. When we moved to Eleura Downs we had sold just about everything we owned to meet financial commitments and try to avoid bankruptcy. So, no home, no business, no boat, no car, savings all gone, nothing to show for all our hard work going right back through our married life. In particular the last 4 years when we attempted to start a new charter boat business on the Hawkesbury River, north west of Sydney. I was pretty devastated. I'm the only one of my family to have failed. The only consolation is, I've had a few mates with this last outing though. Mrs Dags, on the other hand, was pretty good! Actually, she knows that both of us being down at the same time is not really helpful, so she saved her nervous breakdown till later. Much later I hope!!

So now, strengthened by more hard work and fresh air, encouraged by old friends and new friendships, as well as a bit more contact with family, and the time to recover emotional and mental energy, it's time to have another go. And what's more, we have avoided bankruptcy which, for me, is a great feeling.

This is a BIG move too, 'cause we're packing up to head right across the country from East to West. Not that there still all that much to pack by way of furniture etc. But for me, it's my books. They have been in boxes for the last 6 years and I find that very frustrating. I have even consented to revising and downsizing my library. There are only 2 boxes of books coming with me, 10 in storage at my Dads place and 20, can you believe that, 20 boxes of books from my library going off to some auction somewhere. I hate that feeling I had 2 days ago when we took a small truck load of stuff we want to keep over to my Dads. My life reduced to a hand full of boxes. Why only 2 boxes of books? Why storage? Because we're heading off to Perth, Western Australia in a small truck and an 18 foot caravan which will be home for the duration.

The goal is for us both to find work in the mining sector, while we still can work, that is! It's not that we don't mind not having a lot of dough. It's just that when we can't work any more, which will come to us all too soon, it will be a pretty lean retirement. So the big adventure is on. I just have to finish building the super tool box on the back of the truck and a couple of other small jobs and it's finish packing the van and we're off. I was thinking while typing this, that I should have a photo or two of the super tool box and the back of the truck during construction to put up. But then, when you're the one on the end of a 9 inch angle grinder with sparks flying everywhere, it's a bit hard to think digital.

So, now I am looking forward to this next adventure. I'm ready now to face the world again come what may, but it has taken a while, and without getting stuck looking back, I have realy enjoyed working here on a farm again. It's big sky country here. Few hills and no mountains and the river only runs when it floods. In stark contrast to our last location down on the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry

A 5000 kilometre road trip first and then looking for work. One thing I'll say for facebook, a friend whom we haven't seen or spoken to for 15 years, found us (on facebook) and rang up from Perth. "Come over" she said. "Empty house, get yourselves over here!"

Not sure how long we're going to be gone? Maybe we won't come back. It would mean having to pack up and move again!

Comments 7 comments

 6 years ago

You have the pioneering spirit and sense of adventure that not only builds nations, but creates books as well. There just may be a few lurking in you. I know what you mean about your cartons of books. I had to do much the same thing and the only way I was able to part with them was to tell myself I could browse second-hand book stores again whenever I stop moving around. I'm not quite there yet. I have another move coming up one of these days, about 2000 km to the west. All the best to you and Mrs. Dags on your new adventure.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Hmm... Hubpages signed me out in the middle of my comment (above) to you so just in case there's no identity attached, it's from SilverGenes.


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dags the drover 6 years ago from still lost in Western Australia Author

HI Silver Genes. Thanks for your encouraging comments. You are very generous and I appreciate that. I basically left school being functionaly illiterate, then in our 30's we both had the opportunity of 3 years full time study and I haven't looked back. I've been growing a library since then too. I just love what books represent, new information, entertainment, challenge, encouragement, lots of things realy and once I worked out that my brain was a muscle that would grow with exercise decided to keep it exercised!!. Actually, I've become addicted to learning and books are big part of that. Thanks again for your encouragment. Cheers Dags


SilverGenes 6 years ago

I missed your comment until just now. WOW Dags! Your accomplishment is impressive to say the least! I'm off to read part 2. And I'm following you now (which I thought I'd already done) so I'll get notifications when you have new posts up :)


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dags the drover 6 years ago from still lost in Western Australia Author

Thanks SilverGenes. Thanks for coming back. I was hoping to post a hub or two over the weekend just past. But having just started a new job here in Kalgoorlie, Gold capital of the Australia, with 6:30 am starts. So settling into a new work routine is my current priority, but I'll get there soon.

Cheers Dags


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Hi dags good luck with the move, hubpages is a small world as silvergenes and i have swapped comments and she has starred in the nags head eight. It will only be a matter of time before you get on your feet again and sometimes climbing the hill is as good as the view from the top. I'll look forward to more of your writing, you and mrs Dags have trod a similar path to my wife and i. I left school at fourteen had a great time but arrived in Melbourne in 83 with minus 600 dollars and no job. We rolled up our sleeves and climbed the hill and the view is lovely. You will have that view and some new buddies to share it with. All the best from one of your new buddies. keith.


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dags the drover 6 years ago from still lost in Western Australia Author

Thanks Keith, We're enjoying being here and are stating get things settled. Actually friends from Sydney have been living here for a year now and have been really great to us. It still is a "who you know" rather than a "what you know" kinda place though. Cheers Dags

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