Monday, December 17, 2012

Refocus. Refresh. Renew.

I've spent the last two years trying to live the life of a country housewife.

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!


  1. I'm so glad you are back! I've missed your blog entries and am glad you are okay!

  2. Of course I will follow along, look forward to to you

  3. Wonderful! Urban cottages are awesome!

  4. Good for you. I've been thinking something similar about myself lately. I wish you wonderful times and happiness in your cottage.

  5. I hope the move goes well and you love your new home. Glad to have you back in blogland,missed your little musings and family stories.

  6. Looking forward to your adventures in Sydney and your new blog focus!

  7. Welcome back - it is great to see you again...well in a manner of speaking. All the best of luck with the move and don't forget Sydney has some of the most wonderful foodie movements, including some of the nation's best community gardens :) How exciting....a whole new city to explore. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

  8. Gosh, what a fright you gave me! I've been faithfully looking at the Housewife link every day, but missed Monday and here you are reincarnated all blue and citified. Really good to see you back in Blogland and I'm looking forward to the next exciting episodes....

  9. So pleased to see you in my blog feed again. I have missed your blog posts.
    Good luck with the move and looking forward to seeing your little cottage with the green fence. Would you have room on your floor for visitors.
    While Im at it and before I forget I also have a friend in Glebe (who has a little girl about Peanuts age who goes by Puddleduck, an ex laywer turned housewife who is refurbing there home)

  10. Gosh I've missed you all! It's great to be back :)