Dec 19, 2012

Moving House, Lifestyle + Possibly Sanity :: change in the air...

After a tumultuous year,
involving much navel-gazing and "what is the meaning of life" stuff,
as a result of the visits in and out of hospital to see my husband and father,
we decided to do the completely unstressful thing and put our house on the market
in the Christmas season.

Madness, really. 
Selling a house with 3 teenagers is an experience best left to the imagination. 
Suffice to say the 13 year old can now mop a kitchen floor like a deckhand on the Titanic,
and the older two have a new-found appreciation of the adjective "tidy" when describing their bedrooms. 

But, just as one chapter of our lives closes,
another adventure is about to begin,
because we are leaving the outskirts of Melbourne and gorgeous Mt Eliza
to move closer to the city.
We have swapped morning walks on the beach,
tennis in the garden, pool parties,
lunch at the local winery and cocktails on the cherry tree terrace
(serenaded by parrots and wattle birds in the gum trees),
for a city lifestyle of cycling to the park for a Sunday picnic of chocolate cake,
champagne + waffle breakfasts on the balcony,
strolling to the cinema + cafes around the corner
and catching the tram to galleries.  
In short: swapping the tree/sea lifestyle for the city one. 

And the delicious part is that the new owners are as excited about moving from the city
to have their own tree/sea lifestyle change. 
So it's all about mixing things up, I think. 
And being in the right place at the right time. 
This is where the children have grown up,
for the last 6 years,
and we have loved living here in such a glorious garden.
But the new chapter is calling, and I am excited to begin it.

And in the process, we are jumping in a time machine,
leaving all the bold glamour of the 1970s post and beam house which I so adore,
and speeding backwards in time to a very different era,
to a charming little Art Nouveau villa built in 1920,
the last years of the Edwardian era and just before Art Deco was to begin.

So I have finally worked out why Boxing Day is called thus. 
It'll be because we will be packing up boxes.
(And possibly boxing each other with the stress of it all...)
For in 3 weeks time, 
we shall no longer live in a 1970s Boldly Glamorous home,
but in a home with all the Refined Glamour of 1920,
and that whole new adventure shall begin...


  1. Oh my goodness, you give new meaning to the term 'silly season' LOL. You will hopefully be settled soon and we hope that 2013 brings contentment and happiness in your new home. Good luck and merry Christmas. x

  2. Congratulations on your new house, I hope everything goes well with the move! And all the best to you in the New Year.

  3. Wow that is big! Can't wait to read/view all things fabulous about your new home & lifestyle.

  4. Fantastic news Virginia. I'm sure it will be a fantastic move for you all. Change is good when it's time.nWe have also just bought and sold and will be moving down the road from our previous house...can't wait! have a wonderful Christmas enjoying time with your family. Annie x

    1. ummm... can we just back up here a little Annie?? You mean you have bought and sold the new house? Wow, I thought my life was busy but you put me in the shade! xx

  5. Goodness Miss V, you should really try & busy your life up, it's sooooooo quiet & mundane! Fabulous news, change is a mighty thing in the right hands. Merry Christmas to you, Mr. Glamour & all the Glamour kids.
    Millie xx

  6. Wow. You have the perfect attitude - yes it is busy boxing and packing right now, but think of al the adventures awaiting you in the Big Smoke! I bet you will all thrive in the city. Fabulous to make a decision and run with it!! Good luck on the new venture, and all the very best for a fabulous Christmas, and an extremely HAPPY new year!!! Rachel x

  7. Wow! nothing like taking the bull by the horns and running with it!! Great attitude about the adventures and lifestyle that await. The rest of us just can't wait to see what you do with the new place. No pressure or anything....... Best wishes for a really great Christmas, and super HAPPY New Year 2013. Best, Rachel xo

  8. A bold new start, what an incredibly exciting way to enter the new year, congrats!

  9. You really have a way with words - you make both country and city lifestyles sound so fabulous! I moved to South Yarra in Melbourne with my teenage son a couple of years ago, and I have to say that not only do i appreciate the close proximity of the Botanic Gardens and all the attractions of the city, but my son loves it too. Good luck with your move and new lifestyle!

  10. This is so invigorating and exciting news Virginia! I bet you already have for a while the sweetest dreams about redecorating, redesign, repaint, retiling, re-draping, reupholstering, repositioning, refurnishing and redoing everything afresh.
    I wish you the smoothest transition and have fun. What an adventure!
    All the best wishes in the upcoming New Year to you and your wonderful family!

    1. Oh indeed I do husband is rolling his eyes already - haha! xx

  11. Love the glamorous of 1920!

  12. How exciting for you and your family! Wishing you all the best for Christmas and your big move.xx

  13. Oh wow're about to do your very own 'rescue me'?

    Moving house is such a bitter sweet thing but soon enough the sweet wins out.

    It's also a perfect opportunity to sort out your 'stuff' and see it in a new light when repositioned in your new home.

    I hope you are able to take with you some cuttings from your beautiful garden.

    Please please keep up your beautiful posts.

    Cheers and Merry Christmas


  14. Oh how exciting Virginia, both places sound divine - I'd swap the Scandie way of life for either any day. Can't wait to hear and see more, happy 'boxing day' sweets, and enjoy Christmas :)
    A ❤❤

  15. What a change you are going to experience, but I think you're right, life is about embracing change and not stagnating. The move to the city will be the start of many new adventures, and memories, for your family. Having moved at Christmas time twice before, Good Luck! It won't be the most relaxing January for you, but you'll enjoy all the amenities of the city when you take a break from unpacking. xx

    1. The funny thing is, we always seem to move at Christmas time Heidi. We returned from living in London to Australia on Christmas Eve, and most of our interstate moves have happened then too. It's an exciting way to begin the new year. And no more commuting!! Yay!! xx

  16. So thrilled to read this Virginia! The city is a wonderful place to live. I was in South Yarra for 11 years, in various places, and loved getting the tram into the city, walking around the Botanic Gardens, jogging around Albert Park... There was always something going on. We now live a little way out and I miss the buzz of inner-city life so much. Your new home sounds beautiful too. You deserve a fresh new year. Wishing you all the very best! Sending you a hug for support. xx


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