When we moved to the fringe of the city it felt like we were going a fair way out. Especially after living in the heart of things for decades. But the city started moving out to us. So we decided it was time to move on. (No) thanks to a pro-development council, more and more of the natural envionment has been destroyed to build housing estates. Habitat for koalas and other wildlife has been lost forever. The strong push for growth has seen the subdivision of acreage areas that many of us bought in order to escape close neighbours and high density living. There’s a pond in the way? You know, one of those water holes that kangaroos and wallabies drink from, and that supports several species of ducks and other water birds? No problem, just fill it in so another house can be built.
Attracting more people to the area has added to existing traffic congestion. The M1 no longer has a peak hour. It can be choked at any time of day. The photo below was taken at 1.30 pm. Even walking at 6 am, the clicking of frogs in the ponds after rain is drowned out by the rush of traffic on a secondary road. More and more litter is being thrown out the window of cars, partly thanks to our takeaway culture. No matter how much I pick up there is always more the next time I walk. Couldn’t be bothered going to the dump 15 minutes up the road? No worries, just dump your old trailer on the side of the road. The one positive thing I will say about council is that for large dumped items you can report it on-line and they will remove it.
Even closer to home, something I won’t miss is the terrible soil I have been battling for 7 years! Here are my gumboots choked with clay after a session in the garden. It’s a miracle that I’ve been able to grow anything at all! What I will miss about the area is the wildlife that were frequent visitors to our yard. Here’s a little joey just hangin’ out with mum.
Of course moving is as much about what we are going toward as what we are getting away from. More about that later, but in the meantime there is the move to contend with……