The Earth Moved

The past three weeks have been a blur and it feels as if the earth has been moving under my feet.IMG_0920 (1) In that short window of time we’ve sent our oldest daughter off to her school ball, found a new house to move to and moved in.  We’ve celebrated five years of marriage and my Englishman’s completion of his first year in New Zealand. I’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone blog.

And now finally on Queen’s Birthday Weekend I’m able to draw breath and sitting at my desk over looking the beach I feel blessed. Amaranthcottage It’s horrible moving, and we’ve moved a great deal. We’ve moved three times in the past eighteen months and with Auckland rental prices at an all time high it’s been a huge step each time. We’ve had to tighten our belts and grin and bear the enormous cost of bond and moving and cleaning. In related news I think I’ve dropped two kilos or so.

It’s not only hard physically but it’s also hard emotionally, packing up and moving on – yes, even when the next place is lovely and the move is  a ‘good one’ all things considered. In fact I think moving just around the corner brings as much stress as packing up boxes and moving across the world. It’s always a wrench.

Change is hard. Though necessary. Sometimes the earth has to move for us to change our perspective. Especially when we are reticent to move on. That’s when we need to move most, that’s where the biggest rewards are.

Funny how motifs keep coming back in our lives. Good Buddhists would call it lessons, or karma I guess. The house we’ve moved into is called Amaranth Cottage, and it was the gorgeous little place we fell in love with last year when we last had to move.  We couldn’t get out of our lease in time then to take up the lease on this place, but in the interim the house sold and popped up on the rental market three weeks ago.

Somehow I just knew that this pretty little house with its cottage garden, roses and lavender would be our safe place. And here we are.

Of course moving in was a special kind of hell, and being us, not without drama.  A broken flat-screen TV, smashed pictures and a pranged car …but we’re in. With a grin. On with the show…

NB/ I looked up the meaning of Amaranth and this is what it said. I think it’s very appropriate.

“The word amaranth comes from the Greek word amarantos, meaning “unwithering”. The word was applied to amaranth because it did not soon fade and so symbolized immortality” Read more:



'The Earth Moved' has 9 comments

  1. June 1, 2014 @ 1:33 pm Sarah

    Well done and phew! Such hard work in a multitude of ways and I feel for you all immensely. I really hope this can be a home you will be able to live in for at least a year and hopefully more. You so deserve some settled time with your Englishman and family. You are all such fighters and survivors. You’ve been through so much on so many levels, but deserve the very best. Much love to you all xx


    • June 9, 2014 @ 8:08 am vegemitevix

      Thank you Sarah. It is hard work. Cleaning the other house is awful and finding over $4k in moving costs is enormous stress. BUT we’re getting there. xx


  2. June 1, 2014 @ 6:05 pm MidlifeSinglemum

    I was wondering how you you were doing. Wishing you happiness and success in your new home. xxxx


    • June 9, 2014 @ 8:07 am vegemitevix

      Thank you! Ditto. Sorry I’ve been so erratic over the past few months. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into a real rhythm now that we’re here.


  3. June 1, 2014 @ 8:25 pm Lisa

    Ugh. I hate moving too. I hope you’re able to hunker in there for a while! It looks absolutely lovely.


    • June 9, 2014 @ 8:06 am vegemitevix

      It is lovely. We will be here God willing and the planets being in alignment for at least a year, hopefully longer.


  4. June 3, 2014 @ 1:08 am Bright Side of Life

    So happy that you have landed up in your dream cottage. I don’t envy you the NZ prices…. and I thought of moving back to NZ, perhaps not! 🙂


    • June 9, 2014 @ 8:06 am vegemitevix

      Thank you! Prices are appalling but maybe they will start to stabilise soon as the buying to rent market is starting to cool.


  5. August 28, 2014 @ 6:43 pm Iota Manhattan

    Good for you! Yes, moving is exhausting. People always ask “have you unpacked all the boxes?”, but that’s really just the start of it. Tip of the iceberg.


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