The other day Reubs and I were driving home after a visiting a few op-shops and we were chatting about fruit trees. Our garden is currently a completely tree free zone and though we don’t have a huge amount of space, we do have room for a few trees along one of our fencelines, as long as we keep them well pruned. Because we’d like to make our small space as productive as possible, we’ve decided to plant fruit trees, so ever since we moved in we’ve been trying to decide which fruit trees to put in. During our car chat we finally settled on four trees; a pear, a plum, a peach and a fig. Then, in a strange twist of fate, that afternoon we popped in to visit my mum and she told us she’d just been given a little fig tree but didn’t have anywhere to put it, so asked us if we wanted it. And so we came into possession of our first baby tree!
It still feels funny to think this house is ours, and though it isn’t our forever home, to know we will be here for at least a few years. Since we got together eight and a half years ago, Reuben and I have rented 8 different places (and that’s not including the seperate apartments we were living in when we first met, my mum’s house or this house!) We have never stayed in a house or apartment for more than 18 months. As silly as it sounds, it’s a bit odd to know where we will be a year from now and it’s kind of amazing to think we will be here long enough to actually see trees grow (at least a little bit!) We’ve just never had that kind of certainty before.
When we first settled on our house we felt the need to get everything done immediately. We actually burnt ourselves out a bit working on the house at a crazy pace in an effort to get things the way we wanted them right away, but we realise now there is just no need to rush through this process. It’s going to take a long time to get everything done and we will likely never really “finish” working on our home, but that’s ok! We are in this project for the long haul.
After years of moving from home to home, it feels so nice to be putting down roots. Both literal and figurative.