I must admit one show guaranteed to make me feel good regardless of how rough my mental state is “Escape to the Country”.
The plot is always the same… Busy stressed city dwellers search for a change and connection to the environment and community lacking in the ‘big smoke’ (city).
It feels like a lifetime I’ve been waiting for our turn to come. We have the block. 5 acres of rocky hillside in the Wheatbelt.
The gorgeous little school Mr 4 adores and Miss 3 is itching to begin next year.
And now it is finally starting. We got our fire assessment. BAL 19 woooohooooooo! No more clearing required thank goodness. So in a week or so we begin the long process of new home building.
Today at the gate chatting to some Jehovah’s Witnesses I realised I’ve had more locals stop for a chat here than in the many many lonely years I’ve lived in the city.
One current thought doing the rounds about depression is a lack of connection being a factor. I find myself agreeing.
One of the biggest connections I have been missing is a sense of place. A piece of earth that is mine to set my roots. The more our block takes shape the more calm I feel.
Something as simple as stacking rocks for a dry retaining wall makes me feel relaxed in a way my medication doesn’t. Every bit of work gives me a sense of building a home. Somewhere safe.
A connection to the land is something I’m sure other garden lovers relate to.
Do you ever think without your garden you would feel lost?