So we all know the last few weeks have been a bit full on around here right?

The upshot of all of it was that Chef and I decided to do a tree change and move to Orange. There were many reasons for this:

1. It has a big food and wine industry and culture

2. It has a big hospital and good health services

3. There is a special school and a good range of education choices

4. My surrogate family of my teenage years, K’s family, live there and my time at university in the neighbouring city, Bathurst, means we feel we kinda ‘know’ the area

5. It’s only 4 hours from Sydney

The plans were all underway – I have a few friends in the district who were on the lookout for a place to rent for us, preferably just out of time (space people, SPACE), other friends put me in touch with friends they have in town who were so generous with info on good areas to live and the preschool for Grover.

Chef even went up there for the day for an interview. And got offered the job.

It also snowed that day (YAY!!!).

At the very same time Chef got a call from a guy opening a restaurant bar in Sydney. In Manly in fact, 15 minutes from home. With a good salary package. With a position that would initially be running the Manly operation but then overseeing a number of other similar bar restaurants they are going to open around Sydney.

He met with them the day after going to Orange.




We’re not moving to Orange.

We’re not moving out.

We’re staying where we are.

And Chef is taking another step up and forward in his career with Murray’s Craft Brewing Company from late June.

Of course this filled me with contradictory feelings of elation, joy, happiness, pride with sadness, regret, more sadness and maybe a lot of crying.  I mean, it had only been a couple of weeks but I already had us living and breathing in Orange and to jolt my daydreams back to Sydney took a little while.

But the core truth is that this is a fantastic opportunity and development for Chef – and indeed for us. And really, this is the next step in our lives together. And well, yay for that.

As you were.





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  • Ah, life. Just when you think you know where you’re going… but hey, it keeps us one our toes!
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    • Exactly! Here we were thinking, wow this is really happening and then bang, one phone call and other road appeared from nowhere.

  • Duyvken

    Bummer about orange but hooray for living so close to work!! I hope the next few months are completely uneventful and filled with peaceful day after peaceful day.xx

  • Kill

    I think you’re wonderful, no matter where you live, or how much money you (don’t) have in the bank.

    • Oh you beautiful thing. I love you to the ends of the earth and back again.

  • Linda

    “been a bit full on” just has to be the understatement of the century!

    reading about your days leaves me exhausted – i don’t know how you do it.

    (unrelated – noticed from the posting and commenting times that i am not the only female in nsw or qld who is not watching that bloody silly game tonight)

  • Congratulations to Chef! Sounds like an awesome opportunity. And, you never know, Orange may still be in your future…
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  • Wow! Sounds like the story of my life. Well kinda. I know one day our time will come when we leave Abu Dhabi and head back to Oz. WHo knows when? Who knows where? Hope all works out well Kim, I really do.
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  • Sometimes life just has bursts of flurry and activity. Hope now that decisions are made everything will calm down and become peaceful again.

    Congrats to Chef!
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  • Oh Kim. Congrats to the Chef. And well done to you too – you take all this so much in your stride. Or appear to, at least. Orange may happen at another juncture. Onwards. xx
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  • I am so happy for Chef.

    I can feel a tree change a coming …it might just be a few years away yet though but it is SO you..

  • Well, at least you won’t have to try and fit your furniture into new spaces nad try and find the new toilet in the middle of the night.
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  • I can’t imagine how tossed and turvy your emotions are right Kim. I ‘m never quite sure what to say when i finally catch up on your goings on.
    Hope this turn of events is a starting point for bigger and better things for your family and especially Chef.

    River’s blog quote is stabbing me right now

    Sometimes on the way to your dream,
    you get lost and find a better one

    As they say Onwards ! …
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