As a massive over-reaction to leaving my job to be a full time stay-at-home-mother and homemaker, I threw myself into the role.
I learnt to bake bread, kept two delightful chickens, and taught myself to sew. I cloth nappied, sang the praises of cleaning with bicarb and vinegar, and making my own laundry detergent. And the whole time, I blogged. I suspect I was trying to justify myself.
But the "Accidental Housewife" blog grew stale, and became more of a persona that authentically me. So it's time for a refocus - I'm starting fresh.
The blog is getting a slight facelift and a rename. I'll still be "The Accidental Housewife" but the blog will be CityCottage.
It's a good time to do it - we're moving house in a week. Moving from our Canberra sprawl to a tiny inner city cottage in Sydney. Moving from three bedrooms to two. Moving from the house that welcomed home our littlest baby and our newest puppy. Moving from the friends that the children and I have made at playgroup and playschool.
But I am excited. So excited! From all reports, the cottage looks lovely. (I haven't even seen it yet - just some slightly blurry photos taken by my husband, from at least a foot higher than my normal perspective. He's tall!)
The area is the kind of trendy suburb that caused professions of undying jealously from the heavily tattooed, dedicated hipster gentleman behind the postal counter, when processing my change of address application. (Is that good? I'm still deciding.) And it really is incredibly central, in one of the most exciting cities in Australia. The zoos, the museums, the aquarium, the parks... all beyond compare. And the beaches! Woo!
So this iteration of the blog, unlike my last solely housewifely focussed ramblings, will be about our CityCottage. The move, our settling in and the subsequent insane shuffling of belongings trying to fit them all in, and then on to raising my girls and life in the big city. I hope you choose to follow along!