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Living as a Family - Moved On

Updated on January 26, 2018
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Hi! I'm oliversmum. I love being a partner, mother, grandmother and a devoted pet person! My Family are the most important part of my life.

Hilltop view of Lakes Entrance
Hilltop view of Lakes Entrance | Source

Our New Lifestyle

Well it has finally happened!

We have now all moved to our new homes, although it is completely different to living as a family, we (each family) needed to do their own thing without the stress of looking after a large property and are all extremely happy with our new homes and choice of locations. We are sure it will take a little time to settle down and get used to our new way of life. :)
Plus our children and Grandchildren will have a great and exciting place to come for a holiday,when ever and as often as they wish.

What a Madhouse

The last three weeks before moving was like a mad house.
So much stuff to dispose of, what on earth are we going to do with it all. In the end we found two people that between them took 14 tandem trailer loads including one full trailer load of children's clothes from birth to 8 years old that belonged to my Grandchildren,they went to an aboriginal community up North which was perfect, and this particular community were more than happy to accept, along with many, many toys for the children to play with. It felt pretty good to share with others.
These two people are the salt of the earth, every single item that they collect, is given to someone in need,no matter what time of the day or night, if you need something, they will deliver it, and are more than happy to do so.
They are the most beautiful and caring folks that I have ever met,unfortunately there are not enough of us like them.

This couple only took one item for their own personal use, It was a twenty thousand liter water tank that we no longer used and did not go with the sale of the property.

This tank was going to be turned upside down, have a doorway cut in the side, lined to stop the heat and cold and be shelter from these elements for two tiny ponies that they have on their property. A perfect solution for them.

The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives

The last day was hard, very, very busy, making sure we had packed everything, sad and everything else in between, saying goodbye to our children, grandchildren, friends, the couples on either side of us as they were pretty special folks.

Now after a several weeks, we are all adjusting to the new chapters in our lives, and are pretty happy and excited about it all.

We are very fortunate to have very special friends up here, they really did make our (mine especially) transition and settling in time a heck of a lot easier by keeping us busy every day doing this, doing that.

By the time night-fall came we were too tired to care. We thank them for their love and support.

Grandchildren's New Adventure.

Our Grandchildren and children love their new home, although at first found it a little hard adjusting to only having a small block compared to the large one where there was so much space,trees and animals just outside the door, that has now passed and they are all very happy. Our grandchildren have settled in to their new school, which they both love, they are also making new friends, and down the track a little making arrangements to have sleep overs with their new friends, I don't think their mum and dad know about these sleep over arrangements as yet.:)
We are in touch with them on a regular basis, by phone,email and other means, they particularly love getting letters from us, one reads it to the other over and over and over so I am told.
It's beautiful. We miss them dearly.

Baby Tawny Frogmouth with it's Mum.
Baby Tawny Frogmouth with it's Mum. | Source

The Beginning of a new Lifestyle

While waiting for our new home to be built, my partner, myself and Oliver are living in temporary accommodation.

This is situated on the block where our new home is to be located, which is near our favorite holiday spot, Lakes Entrance, not far from Paynesville, Bairnsdale and Metung.

It is magical!!!.

It is coming up our Christmas holiday season in a couple of weeks so the population down by Lakes Entrance explodes, thousands come down this way, you can hardly move in the shopping complexes.

It puts a big smile on your face to see all the children and adults having so much fun, and there is so much for them to do. What a great time of year Christmas is :).
We spend a lot of time out-doors, as we overlook the Rivers and Lakes, just can't get enough of the view. It's to die for.
Agvulpes is in photographers heaven, there is just so many wonderful scenes to be captured and he so loves it!

The bird life is incredible, There are Waterfowl, Ducks, Swans, Tawny Frog Mouth's, Pelicans, Honey Eaters, Wattle Birds, Cockatoos, Parrot's, Magpies and many more!
At the moment there are two baby Tawny Frogmouths in a tree near us, they are flying now and today they moved to a tree about 20ft from our back door. Oh they are so beautiful!


Oliver has settled in really well, he loves his walks down to the river, where he has made a lot of friends both human and animal. He just loves people and making friends with other dogs big and small.
He has also gotten a reputation of being a charming little guy with a wonderfully cheeky personality.

"That's our Boy". :) :)

At the moment it is Summer here, the rivers and Lakes are extremely busy with Yachts, Speed Boats, Fishing Boats, and Canoes, People from all walks of life enjoying the lay back atmosphere of this small country town. Most of the entertaining is out doors,bbq, happy hours that sometimes go on all night, sharing stories,the fish that they catch, adventures, helping one another if need be, It really is a wonderful life.

Horses are so lovely to watch when they graze.
Horses are so lovely to watch when they graze. | Source

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Work in Progress in Paradise

We are so looking forward to our home being finished, at the moment working on our garden is not possible. However we are busy designing the garden on paper but that is not the same is it ?
We will have to be patient for a little longer.
Oh well them's the breaks.
We are over the moon that we made the decision to move here, and dreams do come true.
You just have to have faith.
Bye for now. Oliversmum, Agvulpes and Oliver. :):):)

Let us know if you have ever carried out a sea change like we are doing in the Comment section below!

Pelican displaying it's plumage
Pelican displaying it's plumage | Source
Family of Tawny Frogmouths enjoying the sun.
Family of Tawny Frogmouths enjoying the sun. | Source
Cows like this roam the paddocks
Cows like this roam the paddocks | Source


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    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      elle64 Hi. It is a beautiful country. Did you enjoy your time here, maybe you will come again one day.

      Thank you for your nice comment. :):)

    • elle64 profile image


      9 years ago from Scandinavia

      The pictures reminds me of being in Australia- beautiful. I am married to an aussie- but it has been to long since I have been there.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      tirelesstraveler Hi. The excitement has not waned at all.I will put some different photographs up soon.

      Thank you for your good wishes.

      Our children/grandchildren have been up several times, their visits have to work in with school holidays.

      Thanks again for your lovely comment.:):)

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      Judy Specht 

      9 years ago from California

      I am in awe. The pictures! Oh the excitement of living in such a place. Congratulations! The grands will be there every chance they can get.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      wrenfrost56 Hi. Yes some folks do have interesting chapters in their lives.

      Moving from such a large property was pretty hard,sorting what to keep,give away or trash.

      We are now in our new home,some days we have to pinch ourselves waking up to the river views,bird life and all the other animals around here.It is magic and we love it.

      As you said moving is not always easy.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment.:):)

    • wrenfrost56 profile image


      9 years ago from U.K.

      I love reading snapshots into others lives and this was a sweet little encounter. I remember the last time I moved and it was absolute chaos too! Glad you have settled in and it sounds beautiful. :)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Pixienot Hi.

      Thank you for your good wishes and I am very happy that you liked this hub.

      The previous ones lead up to this one and where we are at the moment,which is a beautiful place.

      Thank you again for your lovely comment and votes, they are very much appreciated.:):)

    • Pixienot profile image


      9 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      I must go back and read the progression to this haven of happiness.

      I am happy for you and yours.

      The excitement was palatable. I enjoyed it much.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Peggy W Hi. Oh it is. We are almost down to counting the hours,It seems to have been for ever.

      Yes moving in will be a bit of work,but a lot more fun,we are also looking forward to designing our new garden.

      We love it here and it is a beautiful spot to live.

      Oliver is a very happy and sociable little guy,He makes friends with all animals/humans big or small no matter.

      I will write something later,nothing is jelling at the moment.

      Thank you so very much for your best wishes and lovely comment, they are very much appreciated.:):)

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      How very exciting to be able to move into your brand new home in a few weeks. Of course then you will be settling into it...still work...but fun. Your surroundings look gorgeous! Will eagerly anticipate seeing more of it when you get a chance to write more hubs. Happy for all of you! Even your little Oliver is happy from what you say. :)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      anndavis25 Hi. Yes they are for sure,all those things rolled in to one.

      We are absolutely loving it. We will be in our new home in two/three weeks and that will be the icing on the cake.

      Thank you ever so much for your good wishes,they are very much appreciated.Kind regards Oliversmum and Agvulpes.:):)

    • anndavis25 profile image


      9 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Moves are traumatic, fun, frustrating. Happy for you. Wish you much happinesss.


    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      stars439 Hi. Thank you so much.

      Our home will be completed in about 3 weeks,we are counting the days.

      It is really lovely,so much bird life,rivers etc.

      Thank you again for your wonderful comment,it is very much appreciated. :):)

    • stars439 profile image


      9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub, and wishing you much joy in your new home. God Bless You .

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Silva Hayes Hi.

      No he has not had time, with our moving and the building of our new house, but he will shortly.

      The tawny frogmouths are really beautiful.

      We absolutely love it here, it's all new and exciting.

      Thank you for your comment, it is very much appreciated.:):)

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      Silva Hayes 

      9 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Hi, I noticed that Agvulpes hadn't published recently and followed a link to arrive here. Oh those frogmouths are just darling. It sounds wonderful where you live.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      SweetiePie Hi.

      We can't ask for anything more, its wonderful and we love it up here.

      Thank you for your lovely comment. :):)

    • SweetiePie profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you have moved to a new place you are enjoying.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Movie Master Hi. Thank you so much for your best wishes.

      Our home should be finished in March,can't wait.

      It is an absolutely beautiful spot, we love it.

      Will put more photographs up when I stop procrastinating and get on with sorting them out.

      A special thank you for your Up Vote.Regards Oliversmum :):)

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi oliversmum, I wish you all the very best in your new home, the location looks fabulous, we will look forward to seeing more photos! best wishes and voting up, Lesley

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Eiddwen Hi.

      Thank you so much.

      We do feel so very lucky, everything seems to be coming together and it feel's pretty good.

      Thanks also for your up up and away, that was pretty special to read.

      You also have a great day.regards Oliversmum :):):)

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      9 years ago from Wales

      Hi I wish you good luck in all that you wish for. I love success stories and yours is just that.

      I have to award you my up up and away here and here's to many more hubs to share on here.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      AliciaC Hi.

      We think it is beautiful, just a very short walk to the river, with lots of trees and bird life along the way.

      A little longer walk we can see Cattle and Sheep. Its amazing.

      I am sure we will thank you.

      Another couple of months we've been told, fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment they are very much appreciated. :):):)

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      Linda Crampton 

      9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It looks like you've moved to a lovely area, oliversmum, especially since it's so close to the water and nature. I hope that you all continue to be very happy and that your home is finished as soon as possible.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Journey Hi

      It is an incredible view and thought it would be nice to share a little of it with others.

      We are glad that you liked it.

      Thank you so much for your good wishes, they are very much appreciated.:):):)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      G-Ma Johnson Hi.

      Yes we have been hiding out, not really just a tad busy until now.

      We love it and are enjoying every minute. A new lease on life so to speak.

      Thank you so very much for you good wishes and lovely comment.:):):)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Shalini Kagal Hi.

      Yes it is beautiful, with lots of open spaces and animals.

      Thank you so much for your good wishes, Oliver also said thank you, he loves it here too.:):):)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      BRIAN SLATER Hi.Thank you.

      Yes things have calmed down considerably and we are adjusting to this more lay back lifestyle each day, it really is wonderful.

      Thank you again for you good wishes and voting it up, that was great.:):):)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Feline Prophet Hi again.

      I do have many more photo's, just can,t make up my mind which of them to put up,will get there eventually.

      Bye. :):)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Feline Prophet Hi. Thank you so very much.

      We are on a pretty big high at the moment.

      This move has worked wonders for us all.

      Thanks again, it's always nice to hear from you.:):):)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing the sensational view with us and congrats on your big move!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      so this is where you've been..Looks wonderful and so happy for you...Enjoy...:O) Hugs G-Ma

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      That really does look like Paradise! Here's wishing you both - and Oliver, of course, the very best!

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      9 years ago

      I hope now that you have moved you can start your new life and have a less frantic time than you had had recently. Voted up well done.:)

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      All the very best to you all - wishing you wonderful times in your new home! Do keep sharing pictures with us! :)


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