On this date last year I waved goodbye to our movers truck as it left Sydney to head to the Sunshine Coast and our sea-change.
The following day I flew to the Sunshine Coast to join my family – who had moved up six weeks before. That day we settled on the purchase of our home up here, and the day after that our movers arrived. Four days later we flew back to Sydney and out to Vietnam for two weeks – and ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie blew in…but that’s another story entirely.
A year on and I’m grateful for the chaotically perfect storm of circumstances that prompted our sea-change. Sure there are things that I miss – family, friends, decent dumplings, the money we were earning. I certainly don’t miss the daily commute to earn it.
There’s so much more to love up here. I love our house, I love where we live, I love the coast, I love the hinterland, I love the way that we live more simply and more seasonally. I love our life.
A year on from our sea-change, I’ve also learnt a lot about Queensland and the Sunny Coast…
1.Being a #queenslander is a thing.
2. U-turns at traffic lights are ok and indicators are optional extras.
3. The 24-7 Snakecatcher has a very active Facebook page. Instead of those “baby on board” stickers, his vehicle has a warning about snakes being inside. How do I know that bit? My daughter parked next to one at Coles the other day.
4. When it rains, it RAINS. None of this wimpy dribbly stuff that the rest of Australia gets. We get real RAIN.
5. There really are a lot of cane toads and they really are that ugly.
6. The bugs are bigger in Queensland. Adventure Spaniel was kept out of her kennel the other night by the biggest stag beetle she’d ever seen – and it was looking at her.
7. Activewear is appropriate for most social occasions.
8. So are thongs (flip-flops or jandals…)
9. The parking is actually free. Yes, really. That means you don’t pay for it. In most places.
10. Nearly everyone came here from somewhere else. Apparently, we’re all imports – with most of us coming from Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland.
11. This state is huge and I want to see so much more of it.
12. You don’t need to leave for the airport three hours before your flight.
13. Seeing the sunrise from a Sunshine Coast beach is the best possible way to start a day.
14. Aside from the ones doing school pick-ups at those schools, 4WDs actually seem to go off-road – and have the accessories to match.
15. As well as having more acai bowls than anywhere else, the Sunshine Coast has more mobility scooters per head of population than anywhere else in Australia*. There are even designated scooter parking areas outside Woolworths.
16. Nudibranchs are a type of colourful sea-slug. Truly.
17. On the Sunshine Coast, wherever you are, you’re rarely more than 30 minutes from either the coast or the country. We can be in Mooloolaba in 10-15 minutes, or in Woombye in the same amount of time. It’s the perfect sea-change and tree-change in one.
18. I still haven’t found great dumplings. the yum cha at Maroochydore is okay, and XO at Sunshine Beach is nice, but neither do a truly great xiao long bao.
19. Dumplings are not a good reason to stay in Sydney.
20. I don’t want to live anywhere else. Of course, I still want to travel – a lot – but I travel now for different reasons. And I look forward to coming home – to here.
*There are no real studies or statistics to support this assertion.
It’s Lovin’ Life Linky time…
It’s Thursday, so it’s time to look for our happy and share it about a bit. The Lovin’ Life Linky is brought to you by Team Lovin’ Life: Deep Fried Fruit, Debbish, Seize the Day Project, Write of the Middle, 50 Shades of Age, and, of course, me.