After travelling for two weeks, we decided to check out Lake Hattah National Park on the second last day of our trip.  We were the only people there, along with myriad birds, a handful of emu, and the brilliant blue sky.  We stayed for lunch, and then decided to set up camp for the night.  This simple act changed our outlook on life.  Why can’t we have this peace and quiet all of the time?

If we’d had this exact same experience a year or two before, our conclusion would have been ‘we can’t’ and we would have returned to our usual lives in the hustle and bustle of the city with a few heavy thoughts, and then forgotten all about it.  Call it luck, fate or good timing, but this night in Lake Hattah  happened to fall at a point in our lives where it was possible to think seriously about a changed lifestyle, and we did.  Two months after our return home, we had found a property with 15 acres of bushwhich which we intend to make our home.

The move will signal a change in career for me, and we aim to have a self-sufficient existence – as much as possible anyway – and use our time to enjoy nature, soaking up the peace and quiet.   This blog will chronicle my steep learning curve as we set up a new way of living.