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Pinch me ... I really am moving

... but they are all mine (and the bank's)
It's the simple things that make me happy. Laughing with my husband, rubbing the dog's belly when he jumps up on the bed at 2 am in the morning and almost pushes me out, finding a perfect little bargain in a thrift store, finishing a painting or messaging madly each morning wi Kim. Simple things like holding a key in my hand. These are my new old house keys and at last I am moving! Excited, grateful and already exhausted! I'll be offline for the next few days but if all goes well I'll be back on Tuesday with lots more inspiring rooms and reading guides full of all the fabulous blogs I haven't had a chance to share yet. I might even have a few pictures of the new old house. Wish me luck!
P.S. The house is called "Collingwood". Is it bad luck to rename it? Australian readers will understand why I might just want to change it ;)

Reader Comments (24)

hmmm, collingwood!
if you have a full set of your own teeth, you MUST rename!!

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchel

I think as long as you have a "re-naming" ceremony, all will be fine. Yeah I wouldn't be living in a house called collingwood.

Congrats on the new place

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

I was waiting to finally say CONGRATS!! So happy for you Jo:)

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

NO WAY! you HAVE to leave it, they WON the grand final and everything. It's REALLY REALLY REALLY bad luck to change the name of a house, especially when it's called Collingwood..........



11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkirsty

Change it!!

Glad to hear you search is now finally complete. Enjoy your new home and all the reno jobs that you'll be doing in the future. I look forward to the posts.

P.s if you can't find room for the QLD gallery fiberglass lounge setting you just recently brought then let me know. :)

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

congratulations & good luck!

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered Commenternat

Exciting!! Have fun settling in to your new old place.

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Hmmm...I'd change it if it was purely named after a footy team...I don't think it's bad luck - a lot of historical homes have had many name changes. It just adds colour to an already interesting history. But what would you change it to? That's the big question.

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrismod

Good luck! You could always change the name to something like Pietersen. Or Swann...!

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlison M

We have been part of your journey in finding a new house, now we would love to see you turn it into a beautiful home...
Congratulations !


11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnika

yeah, i'd be tempted to change it.

big congrats and lots of luck. can't wait to see all your treasures put together in there. such a lovely house!

You could change it to "c'arn the crows"? It has a certain ring to it.

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradelaidian

Congats and the best to you!

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

I am sooooooooooooooo happy for you guys! It's really about freaking time. And after all you've been through to get this place. Now I just have to figure out how/when I'm going to get my arse from Canada to Australia to come see it and you guys in person (FINALLY)!! :-):-):-)

11 Nov 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

how wonderful ! congratulations & all the best !
(sorry, cannot help with the name)

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngelika

Nothing like that got-the-keys feeling, and finally waking up to see how the light comes round, and which birds you have - bliss.
Re-name it, it's yours.

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

Congrats! Can't wait to see photos!

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie


Whatever else you do to the house don't touch your front door! It's utterly charming as it is. Best wishes to you and your family in your new home.

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLin

Congrats! Finally got there!

I see why you might want to change the name... eeek! Maybe rename but paint a black and white striped wall in rememberance ;)

I am so happy for you both and have kept you in my thoughts as we are settling on our new old home today in SA and it will be a LONG weekend of repainting for us. All the best and I can't wait to see the results!! Xx

11 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGab

Congrats on the house- so exciting and I can't wait to see pictures!! As for the naming, it's your house, if you want to change the name, do it:) Any thoughts??? Love naming talk almost as much as I love decor talk.

Congratulations and good luck!
From Bali With Love,

12 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

How exciting! Best of luck for a smooth move in!

Oh, and since I'm from the States, I haven't a clue as to the whole name thing. Who or what is "Collingwood"? Sadly, we don't even name our homes here.

12 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachelh

I agree with Chel - if you meet that criterion, you MUST change the name :P

And I really like Helen's idea of a ceremony; what a lovely way to celebrate a new stage of you life.

Rachelh: Collingwood is an AFL team (who happen to have won the Premiership this year). Every other team traditionally hates Collingwood (and their supporters) - but I'm not quite sure why... it's fairly good natured (there's no real animosity between teams like you might find in other cultures). But we hate Collingwood (we call them the Colliwobbles), so Go the Mighty D's (aka Melbourne Football club aka the Demons aka the team that hasn't won a Premiership in over 40 years - but we live in hope!).


12 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCate

Will be looking forward to your blogs on the new home...For what it's worth, have a Wiki read re Lord Collingwood, it may inspire you to take pride in the name, or at least inspiration for a new name that holds a momento of the original...Happy Settling In!

12 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTony in Aus

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