high tide!

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The G.O. and I resigned from our jobs yesterday.

Resignation Day

30 days until my 50th birthday for which I’ve rainchecked ‘festival of’ until 2016 in favour of simple gathering of family for lunch at the lovely Lifeboat Seafood Café on the Hawkesbury River.

My Birthday

36 days until our next trip to our house at Taylors Arm where we will shuffle and prepare accommodations to absorb our Sydney apartment belongings.

Countdown

42 days until we finish work.

46 days until the removalist truck arrives to load up our apartment contents for the 500 km trip up the coast.

56 days until Christmas, when we’ll be 9 for lunch.

After that we’re having a long holiday…

“Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life.
A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job…
And onward full-tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore.
To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another–that is surely the basic instinct…
Crying out:  High tide!
Time to move out into the glorious debris.
Time to take this life for what it is.”
Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson

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52 thoughts on “high tide!

    Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial said:
    October 30, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I’ve been thinking of you today and then this post appears! Hooray for exciting future changes! Lots of love to you both! xxx

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you 🙂 We’ll do our very best to catch up with you beforehand.

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    Cecilia Mary Gunther said:
    October 30, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Resigned! marvellous and you are still so young. John cannot resign until he is 58. In France it is 65 I think – maybe more. Fifty is an awesome age to start a new life. wonderful. c

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      In Australia it is approx. from age 66 then staggered depending on your birth year… In the meantime, we will need to be self funded-resourceful… and somewhat employed at some stage.

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    Gerlinde/ Sunnycovechef said:
    October 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations EllaDee, I took a leave of absence when I was 51 and I never looked back . The 50s were my favorite decade in my life . Enjoy and the best of luck on your new journey.

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      That is great to hear. We’ve been working and looking forward to this for quite some time.

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    ardysez said:
    October 30, 2015 at 7:24 am

    That is HUGE, Dale. Very happy for you and looking forward to reading about your next chapter. All the best with the next few weeks. 😊

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      At the moment it feels a little surreal, after all the planning and waiting we’re doing it.

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        ardysez said:
        October 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

        There will be quite a big transition time afterward too, I imagine. I hope the communication gods will bring internet connectivity to TA so you can update us regularly!

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          EllaDee responded:
          October 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

          Worst internet connectivity case scenario (I believe) is I’ll be offline for around the same time as I would be if we were having our usual summer holiday. Then I’ll seek assistance from a Telstra store in Coffs Harbour to set us up with something… so many areas in the region have dodgy coverage I’m hoping they’ll be across solutions.
          I’m hoping the transition won’t be too bad, not like if we were picking up sticks and moving somewhere new. And, that for a while it will simply feel like an extended holiday, which evolves into a new real life 🙂

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    katechiconi said:
    October 30, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Love it! Someone as addicted to exciting countdowns as I am, who’s taking the same sort of leap of faith as I took, and who is equally unfazed. I think you’ve chosen the most marvellous way to mark the pivot of your life, your half-century. Keep the countdowns coming!

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      I’ve taken leaps of faith in the past for better and for not so better, and I realised yesterday it doesn’t get any less nerve-racking… by the end of the day I was exhausted and exhilarated.

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    anne54 said:
    October 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

    That is fantastic!! All the dreaming and planning coming together to create the life you want. So, hold hands, take a deep breath and jump!

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Excellent point… it has been-will be wonderful to be in the good company of the G.O. as we leap into our new life 🙂

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    Nola Mackey said:
    October 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Congratulations! I can recommend the new life style, and wishing you all the very best.

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you. One of the marvellous things about blogging has been meeting people who live the kind of lives we’re aiming for.

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    Glenda said:
    October 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Fantastic! I hope all your dreams come true!

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you. We’ve made a good start on the dreams.

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    acflory said:
    October 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Oh my god….0.o You did it? Congratulations, EllaD. That has to be one of the gutsiest decisions ever. Most of us wait to be pushed into something. You two have /chosen/ to let go of the old. -massive hugs-

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Being pushed is ok so long as you reach out and grab an/make the most of the opportunity. I’ve done that too. Backing yourself, doing your own push the same applies but has the benefit of pre-planning. Both are 50/50 terrifying and amazing!

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        acflory said:
        October 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

        lol – can’t disagree on the terrifying and amazing part! And I still think you’re both crazy brave. 😀

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    Francesca said:
    October 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    What a wonderful post- how exciting. When you get to TA, I want to send you a moving in pressie. Let me know the address later on- no point in adding to your pack now.

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 31, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Thank you. That’s very kind of you -the pressie and the thought that I’ll appreciate it more later if I don’t have to pack it. I’ll be in touch. And of course when you do that trip to the Coffs Coast, we’d love to see you 🙂

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    davidprosser said:
    October 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I’ve looked forward to reading this post. The move is finally on. Yay. Out of the city and into a more relaxed way of life. Many Congratulations to you both, it’s quite a Christmas present.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 31, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Thank you. Once we’re organized, packed, moved, unpacked, organized… it will be a lovely gift to ourselves, of the kind that will keep on giving 🙂

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    philosophermouseofthehedge said:
    October 31, 2015 at 3:33 am

    (I tried 3 times to comment yesterday – the goblins kept freezing up and making your blog turn invisible. Aarrgh. WP must be busy making it better for us again)
    YEA! Wonderful news. Adventures about to begin. Nothing is better than reinventing yourself – and having time and place to do so. Cheers!!!!!

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

      I like to think we provide job training and in return the goblins keep us on our technological toes!
      Thank you for persevering with the comment. It’s nice to be cheered on 🙂

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    Vicky said:
    October 31, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Wow, is it really that long since I’ve mooched around WP, it only seems five minutes ago that you had many months left before your final escape to Taylor’s Arms.
    You both must be so excited that it is finally happening 😊

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 31, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Many years! our plans have been simmering away… but almost four years of blogging has found me in a great community of people who have helped me pass the time and flesh out the dreams. Lovely to hear from you – you popped in at just the right time 🙂

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    sara said:
    October 31, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Omg!! You did it! Congratulations, and I look forward to a cuppa and a chat on your veranda 😍

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 31, 2015 at 10:52 am

      I know! OMG! 2 bloggers in TA… one more and we’ll have a collection 😉

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        sara said:
        October 31, 2015 at 11:01 am

        There are others I’m sure 🙂

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    diannegray said:
    October 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    This is absolutely awesome news! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Let the journey begin….. 😀

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      EllaDee responded:
      October 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you 🙂 You’ve been such a marvelous inspiration. We’re good to go… already the world seems a little lighter & brighter.

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        diannegray said:
        November 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        You’ll never regret it – I’m sure! 😀

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    mybrightlife said:
    October 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Waaahoooo!!!!!! And so the next part of the journey begins. So brave! Well done you guys.

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    EllaDee responded:
    October 31, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you. We’re really looking forward to seeing what we can make of it from all the dreams, plans and ideas.

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    memoirsofahusk said:
    November 2, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Oh so thrilled for you – how exciting, how daring, how wonderful! Selfishly I hope you get easier communications sorted as I’ll miss you but then waiting will just make it better, do you think? Can’t wait (but will have to) to hear and to see what you’re up to and how it’s going – and to hear back from you too!
    I had a big first this weekend, my first political conference – which made me feel like I’m starting a new life too – with some trepidation but it’s also invigorating. I wish we too had a Taylors Arms equivalent – but then we’re enjoying where we live and we can’t do without the Anthro job right now 😦 plus he actually enjoys it.
    So … wishing you dreams come true and happy gardening and cooking and travelling and eating and drinking and observing – and reporting back to us! Mx

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      EllaDee responded:
      November 2, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Thank you. If I can simply sort out Telco coverage beforehand I will, the link to the blog world is a necessity for me now.
      New beginnings come where they’re needed; we needed a new place, and a holiday… yesterday we were getting ahead of ourselves and drawing mud maps of possible travel routes.
      If where you are and what you do is satisfying then change for change’s sake is counterproductive… but I think the political world needs your new beginning!

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    Lori said:
    November 3, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Wow! How exciting. I’ve been away from blogging for about 5 days due to family matters, and I’m just jumping in on this now. It would appear that you’ve had this planned for some time? I want to learn more. Does this mean you are moving to Taylors Arm for permanently. I hope you can keep in touch. Let us know how you’re doing on your new journey. Congratulations!

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      EllaDee responded:
      November 3, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Thank you. I’ve been blogging about our desire and plans for a move for some time now… almost 4 years! Our plan is to move to our house at TA, take a year off then take life from there… and to continue blogging 🙂

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        Lori said:
        November 3, 2015 at 7:15 am

        I didn’t realize you meant to do it this early, but I knew it was coming eventually. Glad you’ll continue blogging.

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          EllaDee responded:
          November 3, 2015 at 7:35 am

          The sooner the better for us 🙂

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    Bill said:
    November 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    All best wishes EllaDee. I remember that anxious, nervous, but exciting feeling very well. May your sailing be smooth and your days be peaceful.

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      EllaDee responded:
      November 5, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Thank you. We’re currently in a preparatory period of statis, nothing. really changed, crossing bits and pieces off the to do list, and lots more conversations about the possibilities 🙂

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    roughseasinthemed said:
    November 6, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Holy shit! I was reading your recent post and clicked on the link, and wow! Congratulations. I hope your me life is everything you dream of. It won’t be of course, there will be setbacks, but from my POV, I would say it is way better than the old one. Any queries or anything, you know where I am. Always happy to help middle aged hippies 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      November 6, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Haha… were you more shocked at this or the announcement we eloped. Both were a long time in planning and coming! You’ve already been a great inspiration and I expect to be trading more village life anecdotes with you 🙂

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        roughseasinthemed said:
        November 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        Probably this because I remember you’d talked about it earlier but said you’d had to put it back, and it seemed to be on the back burner, which I suppose I thought was sad because I so empathised with your choice.

        I think the wedding was a surprise but it’s not actually as life-changing is it?

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          EllaDee responded:
          November 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm

          I’m still laughing at your response 🙂 And your memory is quite right, we held off, sad at the time but for the better as things have fallen into place in the interim. True, marriage has changed us very little.

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    Kourtney Heintz said:
    November 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

    What a great day! Loving your countdown too. Hoping you have a wonderful adventure moving everything to Taylor Arms and getting settled out there. 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      November 22, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      It’s getting closer… and more exciting day by day 🙂

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