Our New Life in Stirling

Hello,

After much anticipation and planning, we have finally made it across from Perth to our new home in the beautiful town of Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills. We have been living here for nearly two weeks and our experience so far has been nothing short of magical.

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The absolute abundance of nature everywhere is so breathtaking! Everywhere you look the sky is filled with layers of various types of pine trees, luscious green ivy wrapping itself around anything in its path, beautiful bursts of remaining red Maple leaves, and the prettiest soft petals of pink and red Camelia’s sparkling with raindrops. While some trees including Elm and Oak are bare in the current winter season, their trunks are covered in the greenest moss and fit in beautifully with the evergreen trees.

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Growing up, I was always surrounded by gum trees so the experience of seeing bare trees is quite lovely as an Australian. Also quite distinct for Stirling, are the never ending Agapanthus plants lined up right onto the boundary of streets and roads. I cannot wait to see them flowering their beautiful blue blooms in Summer.

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Adelaidians who make the annual Autumn pilgrimage to Stirling and Hahndorf, would be really impressed by the sensory wonderland Winter has to offer here in Stirling. Taking the scenic route off of the main street is certainly worth it. I have made it a habit to take the longest way back home down some enchanting residential streets, after an errand or school drop off (even getting lost with low fuel this week! πŸ˜‚).

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Our garden has been so exciting to explore. Our children especially love navigating around the rugged pine forest below our house, and the winding path towards the gardening beds at the top of our property. There is frequent drizzle of rain here, and while we have been lucky so far to escape the heavy showers (usually occurring in the evening), we have been surprised by how much time our children are spending in the garden. Some days, afterschool, they play outside until sunset and happily rug up and explore in their gumboots with their umbrella in hand!

Walking around our garden, my lungs are constantly filled with such lovely crisp fresh air with the occasional waft of comforting wood fires escaping chimneys that surround us. Gentle sounds of birds singing, rain water trickling into our creek, with bursts of majestic kookaburra calls; often draw me to pause and take in all that surrounds me.

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At the bottom of our property we have a winding creek that also runs through our neighbours’ properties, and it’s quite full at the moment after the recent rain. The cascading trees on the creek’s bank reminds me of that scene from one of my favourite movies “The hundred foot journey” where the two chefs form their friendship and love over their picnic by the river bank.

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Mark and I have enjoyed making countless plans for garden projects that we can’t wait to get stuck into and share with you here. For now, it’s been so wonderful just to enjoy and explore our new home amongst the great unpacking task we are yet to complete! Stay tuned for some more of our adventures in the coming weeks.

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Have a lovely weekend,

Jacqueline

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5 thoughts on “Our New Life in Stirling

  1. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog (found it on Instagram) and I can relate to your story!

    I’m also from Perth and my husband and I fell in love with Stirling 4 years ago when we visited for the first time. It quickly became our favourite corner of the world πŸ™‚ it’s such a special place and just absolutely beautiful. We have a 16 month old boy and we’ve decided it’s time to make the move, so we’re moving into our house over there in a few weeks πŸ™‚

    It’s lovely to read your story and so nice to hear you’re having such a positive experience with your move! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Amy, thank you for taking the time to read my blog. That is so nice to hear that someone else from Perth has discovered Stirling! I’m from Adelaide originally, but believe it or not I only visited Stirling once for coffee in 2012, and fell in love with the town. Spring is in full bloom here right now and the trees are in full colour just in time to welcome you! So happy for you and I wish you and your family the best for your move over x

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  2. Hi Jacqui,
    Also just stumbled across your Instagram and was led to your blog. Beautiful blog by the way, love your inclusion of polish recipes.
    Hope you and your family are enjoying life in SA. Blessings for the new year.
    Paulina

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