Everything and nothing and all of it and more

December 27, 2020

So we moved to Tasmania a few short weeks ago and it’s been … a lot. EVERYTHING has happened and nothing has happened too.

Within a couple of days of us arriving, my brilliant Nan’s health went downhill fast and she died within the week of our arrival. This was completely unexpected, despite her age (99!) as she’d gone into hospital for observation while she switched medication.

Naturally we are all heartbroken and have been very busy with funeral arrangements and gatherings … all in the fortnight leading up to Christmas.

My sister and her family arrived from Sydney and we all got some time together (which was excellent) … but everyone was exhausted and grieving and it was not really the usual sort of time, if you know what I mean?

Then it was Christmas (also excellent-yet-exhausting). And now it’s not, which means we can get started on settling into our house finally … right after we sort out Nan’s house and belongings (tomorrow!)

We’ve been living without our things for a month, but they have finally arrived and are able to be delivered, so that’s happening on Tuesday. In short, it’s going to be another bonkers week … but we are very grateful to be ‘back home’ and safe and sound.

Spending time with my family has been a much-needed salve after so many tough years, and I am finally starting to feel like disaster is NOT just around the corner. What an ace place to be.

I have so much more to tell you about where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing … and about the house and the garden and things we’ve been eating. I’ll check in more regularly and fill you in properly, if you fancy that?

Today we are going to the tip shop to buy desks for the boys. Their computers are finally incoming after a month of no gaming and such. To say they are very much looking forward to this is an understatement anyone with teenagers/young adults can probably relate to.

Also? I’ve started watching Bridgerton on Netflix. Are you watching? I’m finding it funny and entertaining. Will definitely keep watching. (Have you read the books? I have not. Had not even heard of them until yesterday, to be honest!)

Right now I can see the river out the window and it’s as still as can be. The trees edging it are leaning in to look at themselves in the mirror. There are poplar trees beyond that and paddocks of cherries and pasture. Beyond that some hills and beyond those some blue-grey mountains. It’s a complete delight.

Wishing you a peaceful and healthy holiday season.

Love to you and your favourite people!

x pip


  • Reply Susie Bree January 11, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hopefully TAS provides some lovely healing and reflection. It looks absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Sarah January 3, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Sorry to hear of your loss. We’ve also just moved, got our gear a week before Xmas – and then went away camping on Boxing Day. So only now getting things sorted and in their usual places.
    Bridgeston is really good, isn’t it? Even my husband (who is a period drama hater) has got sucked in. Rationing it to one episode a day. Must look up the books as well.

    • Reply Pip January 6, 2021 at 9:38 AM

      Oh you sound like you’re in a bit of a scramble too!! May your chaos clear soon, Sarah! x

  • Reply KD December 28, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    Heartfelt condolences, Pip. I hope time spent with family and fond memories bring you some comfort. Wishing you a happy new year in your beautiful new home!

  • Reply Dianne December 27, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Sorry for the sad news about your beloved Nan, but so lovely that you were there in Tassie with your family.
    Can totally relate to your gamer boys, mine ( particular the 17 y/o ) would not survive a month without his computer!!!
    What a gorgeous view out your window… I think you are right where you are meant to be, Pip.

  • Reply Kay December 27, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    So sorry to hear your news about your Nan but lovely that you were back for a little time with her before it happened. Life sounds as if it a rollercoaster at the moment, I hope you can find some moments of peace. Hugs to you all. x

  • Reply Bettina December 27, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Oh Pip! What a time you’re having. So sad about your Nan. I’m hoping your lovely view will bring you comfort and joy as you find your feet. As for Bridgerton, I binged it in two sittings, so I hope you enjoy it too. Looking forward to your updates from your new home

  • Reply Jess December 27, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Condolences for the passing of your Nan, Pip.

    I would love to hear more about your new adventures in Tassie. Such a beautiful place to be. I used to love reading Michelle Crawford’s Hugo & Elsa blog, Sally Wise’s books, and Matthew & Sadie Evans too. There’s been a bit of a food / gardening / farming theme in my reading list 🙂

  • Reply Zoe December 27, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    A beautiful letter to us folk. So glad you are living in my adopted state…Im in NW Tassie, home of lots of Op Shops and delicious food. Happy unpacking.

  • Reply Reannon December 27, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Oh Pip, I’m so glad you landed back home before your Nan passed away so you got to spend some time together.

    And yes please, come back often & fill us in on all the Tassie life stories. I still can’t believe you’re there!!!

    Here’s hoping for some slower more restful days for you soon xx

  • Reply Jeanette Cross December 27, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Wishing you well Pip. We are in NW Tas and love it. Thanks for heads up re new Netflix series. We will be watching soon. All the best, Jeanette

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