We have just moved into our new place, that will be home to us until the end of the year. Initially, when looking at rental properties, I was quite discouraged at the prices compared to the pretty low quality of places (or the low quality photos of them!). We decided to start looking for two-bedroom houses in a bid to pay less, realising that it wasn't unrealistic to fit ourselves into smaller places. This house was one of the first we came across. Not far from my parents and right on a clifftop offering stunning views, we were intrigued to visit and find out what it looked like inside! Suffice to say we are very grateful to have been able to move in here, ahead of the 20 or so other couples/families who were also very interested. The way it all came about is nothing short of a miracle.
I was a bit hesitant at first about several things - the unfenced property that led to a drop off of several metres (way too high for a fall!) hidden behind bushes at the front, and that it is an unadorned, very basic kiwi 'bach' (holiday house) with no heating or insulation (thinking of our new baby coming in mid-winter August!).
During this process I've been realising that I take too much for granted and expect too much. After having someone come in and secure the yard with a strong, temporary fence, my heart is at peace! And my eyes are opening more to the realisation of what a gift we have to live here!
The girls are loving the outdoors and all the space they have to run around, try out their bikes and play in their cardboard cabins!
And we're just loving having this outlook during our meals. while we pinch ourselves as we went from views over Mt Blanc to the Pacific!