05 August 2012

House Hunting

5 August 2012
52 years old
We almost almost bought a house yesterday, but missed out at auction to a duel income couple. Our disappointment after the auction was palpable – we had our hearts set on this one. One thing we loved about the place was, you guessed it, the location location location. It is a five minute walk to parkland and to the Yarra. London has the Thames, Paris has the Seine, Florence the Arno and Melbourne has the Yarra. It might only be a narrow, brownish green trickle, but Melburnians can get quite passionate about their city's river. Where one lives in relation to the river tells a fellow Melburnite a lot.
In All Windows Open, Chrissie the protagonist says:
I grew up in Thornbury, in Melbourne’s inner north, on a wide treeless street with deep bluestone gutters. Nature strips were for those who lived on the other side of the Yarra.
So, now the hunt continues, but right at the moment it's hard to believe we'll find another house we love as much – especially within our price range! But we mustn't grumble: we have each other, and we have a lovely house, even if the kitchen is too dark and there is only one bathroom. Things could be a lot worse.
I hope everyone out there is having a brilliant weekend!

Many thanks to Nick Carson who posted this brilliant picture of the Yarra on Wikipedia.


  1. I hope you're having a good weekend too!

  2. I can't tell if "duel income couple" was on purpose or a typo of "dual" -- it makes a lot of sense either way, because you were engaged in a duel with them for the house!

    1. Not even a typo - a spelling mistake, but a rather literary one, with the dual meaning! As I wrote it, I thought to myself, 'I think this isn't right' but laziness took over :-)

  3. What a bummer...but it just wasn't meant to be. When its right it will happen. I have been forced into believing this over the past couple of years.