Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Signed and Sealed

Yesterday this amazing rainbow stretched right over our property.  One end at the yards,

the other disappearing into the hills behind the house.

If you look closely you may spy the second rainbow, somewhat overshadowed by the brilliance of the star act.
I took it as a fortuitous sign as we move into a new chapter in our lives, which involves the purchase of a property by the name of "Bottletree Creek", and the subsequent sale of Rock Wallaby to come.
Having driven through this neighbouring property to Chabo for many years, we have long admired the beautiful Buffel Grass country, ever fat cows and recently new fencing and water improvements.  And after to-ing and fro-ing between solicitors, accountants and bankers for several weeks, last Friday we signed a contract on the property.

This is Bottle Tree Creek, from where we rode when it was too wet to truck horses into Chabo earlier this year
For the next four years we will run both properties, building cattle numbers, fully developing Rock Wallaby with timber-clearing, fencing, yard and shed building combined with some house-painting all on the to-do list to ensure a positive sale outcome, before we step onto BottleTree Creek permanently.
The three older children will then be in boarding school, with Sally to be home-schooled her last two years of primary school due to the absence of a school close to the new property.

So, as the rest of the world celebrates the Royal Wedding on April 29, we will celebrate settlement on our new home.


  1. Wow, congratulations! Beautiful, beautiful place. I love that rainbow pic too, it's electric.

  2. Wow - exciting times ahead! Well done you, we are looking forward to 'officially' purchasing our farm one day to make it truly ours(it is my family's farm) The sweet taste of independence drives me hard! Gotta love a bit of succession planning *groan*

  3. How exciting for you all!!

    The rainbows are just magical and I love how you have captured them :)

  4. Congratulations!

    The rainbows are beautiful and totally a good sign....though I can find positive justification in any 'sign' when things work out how I want them!

    BTW, did you find a pot of gold at the end of it? Would you tell if you did? lol

  5. Fiona

    Will you then have two properties?
    Or are you packing up from the present and moving into the new? Quite a difficult decision with the children growing up, but like all good rural Aussies - "If it can be done, it will be done".
    Your family lives a far better existence than those of the "House of Windsor" - oops, should I say the "House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha"! Living in the real world is worthwhile, living in castles with servants is another.
    Your blog on country life is so real that you feel a part of it, especially if you came from that same environment as a kid.
    As the saying goes "You can take the boy/girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy/girl".
    Great enterprise and all the best, you deserve it.
    Colin (HB)

  6. 1. great rainbow photos!
    2. congratulations on the new place! and the decisions that come with - we too look at any moves or decisions upon "how close to school?" Its great that you can plan and manage to retain the home place for the next few years, until moving in. Look forward to seeing some great shots of the new place, hoping settlement day comes without any hitches!
    (off now to look at the map book - what a nice name the new place has!)

  7. ps. good old terrance alick - according to him, it doesn't exist AND you are spelling the name of your other block wrongly! ;-)(or doesn't exist either!)

  8. Congratulations Fiona.

    I am so glad that things have worked out for you. I know only too well how stressful buying farms can be... Here's to you and a wonderful future.

    Take good care.


  9. Well I didn't see that coming but I love it when a plan comes together. It's exciting times for you guys as you set up the next phase of your life. There'll be lots of work running both properties but a tangible goal makes it all worthwhile. I'm looking forward to following your journey and seeing the photos as you record each step. Keep us posted!

  10. Oh my, Fiona! Congratulations. Gee, you two don't do things by halves. I look forward to seeing it all unfold. J x

  11. Found it! a tad closer to the boarding school/s too?
    hope you don't have too many sleepless nights; however the loops one has to go through to buy a place would give the calmest person nerves. We've only ever bought one place.....perhaps it gets easier once you've done it a few times?! and isn't it great when you get the chance to move forward, to the right place and at the right time. Good luck (and of COURSE you will sell, it looks a rather lovely area!)

  12. What a gorgeous rainbow! You managed to capture it perfectly!!!

    Congrats on the purchase of your new property, I'm sure its an exciting time for your whole family!!

    Ellie x

  13. A double rainbow is a good sign, you have already found the pot of gold = your lovely family and hubby. Congratulations

  14. Happy day for you! Good luck - and beautiful rainbow - a good sign :) XOL

  15. beautiful rainbow! congrats on the exciting!!


  16. Thats beautiful!
    Congratulations on the new place, looks and sounds wonderful!! :)

  17. Sounds like a real step of faith, but the rainbow must be a good omen for the future. Congratulations - hope the new homestead proves to be a pot of gold.

  18. Congratulations Fiona. Probably lots of work but it will all be worth it.

  19. Congratulations to you and your family. Whilst you are celebrating your new property, I as a Brit, taking a day off from work here in Brussels, will be watching our Prince getting married.

  20. Congratulations !!! moving forward in life is always hard, but forth it. You and your family enjoy.

  21. Congrats!!! What an exciting & busy time in your life :)

  22. Wow... big changes and exciting time afoot. Those photos are brilliant... as always! gxo

  23. Congratulations, that's very exciting news for you all. I like the 4 year plan. All the best.

  24. Congrats, thats a big change and will be keeping you guys busy!

  25. Congrats Fiona to you and your family. You'll have plenty of 'adventures'!

  26. Oh how exciting and terrifying at the same time! We considered buying more property last year but decided that we're just too old to be in debt for another 10 years, especially considering none of the children are interested in the farm. But great to hear you can do it!

  27. Fiona, heard there was a 5.4 earthquake there today, wanted to know if you and your family are ok?


  28. Hi. It's a shame you had to cancel the Show but understandable under the circumstances. I'm sure the decision wasn't taken lightly as the Show is such an important event in small communities.

    I have found Linda Woodrow's blog -

    Drew's shaky start - he found out when he got there that his host parents had split up three days before. He just couldn't settle into the situation and moved 5 weeks later.

    Have a good week.



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