Ok folk so they say newspapers are dying … I am here to tell you they are the lifeline of rural communities!

Wednesday after a year of diligently searching for a tiny park … 50 leaflets dropped in letterboxes, door knocking, community notice boards, farcebook, paid newspaper ad, word of mouth = zilch, nada, zero! Today following one interview published in our local rag and I have made fourteen new friends, glimpsed paradise, gasped at vast views from mountain tops, a mansion built over a very wide flowing river.

But kind open hearts and stability totally won me over … I have had some really challenging landlords over the years. But this lovely couple have invited me to squat rent-free on the front of their acreage. We have so much in common but the first spot they offered didn’t suit.

So today I went back for more discussion and walked their lot. Found the perfect north facing spot with lovely outlook! One young chap boards with them five years for a pittance. He, a marine engineer, built his sil’s home for $40,000 immediately valued at $95,000. So they have skills and contacts and really get me.

We still have the hurdle of council and neighbours approval … so have kept a few of my options open until that clears but should move mid-February [smile wont leave my face]

So thanks for all your care and support and believe me I have made some lifelong friends out of the very generous response to my appeal. Will thank that journo profusely and publicly once I’ve relocated.

ok so this is not the spot, just a shot of one of the many places I viewed …


  1. A very interesting piece of history. I’m always open to learning the “backstories” of other places and countries. The older I get, the more history interests me…maybe we have that “old” thing in common. 😁

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  2. Namaste Calm Kate 🙂

    This is superb news and you must be excited by the prospect of being so nearly ‘home’ once more 🙂

    Good on the newspaper for featuring your interview! It restores ones faith in the media 😉

    As we’ve mentioned before, friends, stability, and happiness are a trident upon which one can build upwards. Whether this is your final move or not, I hope you’ll be happy here. I’ve all crossed for success with the relocation. Good luck!

    Namaste 🙂


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  3. Yeah, sorry …. Not a lot to say of late. Just wrote a NYC Midnight entry on a subject I know nothing about in a genre that I am completely uncomfortable with. Possibly my worst entry to date …

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  4. OH! I’m so happy for you, Kate! Congrats! And bestest wishes for your new home!
    You worked hard and it paid off! YAY! Oh, I can’t stop grinning! 🙂
    The people around us are so important!
    Right now (knock on my little wooden head), all of my neighbors are good, kind people. That means the world to me. When you have good people around you can feel safe and comfortable and truly at home.
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  5. Amazing tale shared and proud that the newspaper came up with such a story on the unsung tales and everyday stars. All the best. Being myself a journo, I can’t help but feel immensely happy 🙂

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  6. What a beautiful post. Wishing you all the best in finding that special place. People are indeed kind, but so are you kindhearted Kate.

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  7. So glad to see you found that spot! Kindness attracts kindness, and karma is paying back for all the good you’ve done around you 🙂 I’m sending my warmest thoughts, so everything gets settled fast and easily!! *big hugs*

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