We’re in! Updates on the move and more

Hi all,

How are you getting on?

What an eventful couple of weeks I have had! But I am so pleased to finally catch up with you all and say we are officially settled in our new home.

Last Thursday I picked up the keys and from then all the way through the weekend it was non stop packing, moving and cleaning.moving chase the red grape

Most of our things were moved over on Saturday morning which left the afternoon plus Sunday to fully clean our old apartment from top to bottom. You think you live in a clean home but that ‘deep clean so we get our rental deposit back’ is always a killer.

But we got there and Sunday night was the first night in our new home, nicknamed ‘The Treehouse’ because when you’re inside it feels like a house up in the trees. Can I just say how much I love being surrounded by trees? Brings such a comfort and cosiness – especially the massive lemon tree we have growing outside our kitchen window. Simply stunning.chase the red grape lemons

Most of our boxes are unpacked and everything is finding its place. I will show you pictures soon once we have sorted everything out fully. It’s such a lovely apartment though and simply perfect for the two of us. Definitely feels like home.

What else has been happening?

Well for the past 6 weeks I have been a part of a community choir learning how to sing! It has been so much fun and dare I say I have found a hidden hobby? Monday was the last lesson though and we had a concert to follow in which our friends and family were invited. It was great to sing with everyone and show our loved ones the 7 songs we had learned throughout our time. Did I also mention it was in our local library? The acoustics were incredible! I couldn’t stop smiling and the champagne reception afterwards certainly continued those smiles.chase the red grape

Other highlights included getting an obscene amount of Lindt chocolate from our newly opened Lindt store (we needed a moving treat) and also finding that they stocked my favourite Lindt bar! chase the red grape lindt

Getting these gorgeous flowers from my parents and brother.chase the red grape flowers

Trying new coffee shops in our area – such a lovely little community.chase the red grape coffee

Recording and sharing with you all one of my favourite podcast episodes to record – body image. Download on iTunes and Stitcher or listen via the website here.body image - chase the red grape podcast

And only training twice this week. We took a few days off after moving as our bodies needed it and we decided to go for a coffee and walk this morning instead of training – was definitely the better option for my health that’s for sure.

My weekend plans this week – Saturday – Walking (!) to our local farmers market, Ikea and food prepping. Sunday – The Bloody Long Walk! Yes David and I will be walking 35km (22 miles) on Sunday starting in central Perth and winding round the city and suburbs ending at the beach. I am totally looking forward to it – catch me on my insta-stories!

But time is precious on a Friday/ weekend so will let you go! Hope you have a fun fab weekend!

Tell me what you have been up to recently.

Do you like to sing?

Any tips on what to do with all those lemons, apart from the lemon hot water we have each morning?

8 thoughts on “We’re in! Updates on the move and more

  1. Juli@1000lovelythings says:

    I am jealous that you have lemon tree! Okay obviously Moscow Mule! And add fresh ginger and basil leaves. A game changer! But apart from that I think I add lemon or lime to almost all my recipes. I love that fresh and tart touch in my food! I am actually trying a new pasta recipe with lemon this weekend. It might sound odd but we had it in Italy and it was so so good!
    And btw 35 km are insane! This is almost a 6 hour walk then! Hope you have a fab time though and I cross my fingers for your poor feet 😉
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    • Jen says:

      Oh hell yeah for a Moscow Mule! I swear I am going to be adding lemon to everything – they taste like no other lemons I have had before… and they are huge! Hope the lemon pasta went well – I have seen it in recipes before and know it totally works.
      The walk was insane and took us just over 8 hours. All time predictions go out the window when you are 30km in and your feet no longer want to move anymore! Ha!

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe says:

    I love to sing, and I always wanted to be in musicals. I have a decent voice, but it is pretty sub par now from being so out of practice. I also think that I would be an alto again, and I’m not as good at harmonies (I preferred the life of a second soprano, which I was in Jr High). So glad you are in the new place and love it!

    • Jen says:

      I felt comfortable as a soprano but would love to dive deeper into where my voice actually lies.
      Growing up I loved being on stage – I used to go to as many musicals as I could and wish I was up there with them!

  3. Cora says:

    Yaaaaayyy!!! You’ve arrived and settled in your tree house! I can’t wait to see more pictures.

    And DOUBLE yay for choir singing!! Wow Jen – that’s awesome. I’ve sung in choirs all my life and I really think it is the best way to a) learn how to sing and b) form community. I’m so jazzed for you!

    35 km?? Um, what!? Is this a charity walk? How long is that going to take!? ….. have fun! (and get yourself a glorious coffee afterward?)
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    • Jen says:

      I remember reading on your blog about when you joined that community choir for the night and watching the video. It reminded me of how much I loved to sing and I wished there was something nearby that was similar. Then I spotted a flyer in the library for this 6 week course and the rest is history!
      The 35 (or 37.5km as it actually was) was so much hard work and perseverance. It took us just over 8 hours but was totally worth it and it was an amazing day. We went for gelato afterwards… never has gelato tasted so good!

  4. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    I am so envious of the lemon tree outside your kitchen window. Tell me you can take some yes? I could save so much money with a lemon tree since I drink warm lemon water daily. Hmm, maybe I should plant one.

    I’m thrilled you’re in the new place and it’s within walking distance of the farmers market. That’s fabulous. Also, hooray you. Finding a new hobby and rocking out, quite literally.

    Good luck with the walk today. You should get a pedicure or soak your feet when it’s all done, with your chocolate close by of course.

    • Jen says:

      We can take all the lemons we want! And they are the best lemons I have ever tasted – it will save me a small fortune as we too have lemon water in the morning. Try planting one and see how it goes! You may have to take it inside during winter though…

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