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As many of you are aware, I’ve recently moved from Burleigh Heads on Queensland’s Gold Coast, across the border into Northern New South Wales. We sold our two-storey family home of almost 15 years, with the aim of downsizing and relocating to a quieter coastal town for our retirement. We have plans to build a new 3 bedroom single level home at the Tweed Coast seaside village of Kingscliff. But in the meantime we are renting a place and hence my new Tweed River backyard was our location of choice.
It was a big decision to sell our family home after almost 15 years, with so many wonderful memories, including bringing up two teenagers, two labrador dogs and many gatherings for friends and family. My advice is to think very carefully before taking this big step, as selling a home can be a very emotional and stressful decision. It took us years to come to terms with the fact that the house was far too big for us and that we were living in a rapidly developing and popular area.
Once we decided to sell up it was an extremely busy time for us as we not only had to declutter, carry out maintenance items, clean and spruce up our house, but we also had to find a Real Estate Agent to list the house with. Then it was weekend after weekend of open for inspections, potential purchasers tramping through our house and then waiting for the right offer. Eventually after 3 months we got a good offer and a contract of sale on our home.
Once our contract of sale became unconditional we began the process of looking for somewhere suitable to rent. Not an easy prospect when you have so many belongings like a caravan, two cars, trailer, boy’s toys, sporting equipment and loads of furniture. But also our beloved labrador dog!
We began looking in Kingscliff, our intended place of residence once we’ve completed our build, but couldn’t find anything suitable. Weeks went by and still we couldn’t find a place and we were starting to get desperate. The problem was that we only wanted a 6 month lease, we had a dog and we had no rental history. So after weeks and weeks of continuously inspecting rental homes we finally found a place at Tweed Heads West.
In the meantime we had commenced the packing process and getting rid of excess furniture and household items. It was an extremely busy time leading up to our moving date. We were fortunate that the house we rented was fully furnished and as a result we were able to store our furniture and most of our belongings. This was a real bonus for us, saving us the chore of moving everything twice.
Our temporary home for the next 6 months as it turned out is located right on the Tweed River. Our back patio and yard overlooks the stretch of river known as Terranora Inlet. In the centre of the river there are several islands that are Tweed River Estuary Reserves teeming with abundant marine life and hundreds of birds. It is also a renowned favourite fishing spot for Flathead and Whiting or Mudcrabs.
Adjacent to our house is a boat ramp and a jetty that is extremely popular with fisherman and boating enthusiasts. We often have jet skis roaring up and down the river, dragon boats training, rowing skulls and a couple of tourist cruise boats. I can sit for hours watching life on the river and never get bored.
For a girl that thrived on her beach walks every single morning, I now have kilometres of walking trails alongside the river. Each morning I set off with my dog and barely see another person. What a great way to start the day!
There really is something about living close to the water don’t you think? Are you a beach or a river person?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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