The Castle

Our New Home

I know it’s been a while, but I’m finally back, ready to get my blog on. So ok, I haven’t quite finished unpacking yet, but meh. Unpacking pretty much sucks budgie’s nuts and I’m over it. Besides, we’ve relocated and I want to start enjoying my new location, our new home, or, as I prefer to call it – the castle.

Why the castle? Hmm… Well I guess it’s because when I think of our new home, I can’t help but think of the Kerrigan’s home at Coolaroo in that Australian classic – The Castle.

Not sure what I’m talking about, then check out this clip:

Got any clues yet?

Like the Kerrigan’s of Coolaroo, we just might have moved a wee bit closer to the airport then intended. How close? Pretty dang close! Alright, alright – it’s not as close as in The Castle, but close enough for us.

In fact, if you watch closely, you’ll probably be able to spot the plane in this little video I shot, out in the back yard this morning:


Did you see it?

Couldn’t really miss it could you?

I actually don’t mind the planes too much – you get used to it. The Big J however, is taking his time to buy in to our new home and doesn’t think living your life, as an extra in The Castle, is too funny at all. The Big J thinks that we (or more specifically I, because I did the inspection and arranged everything) got a dud.


I don’t care, because the house is looooovely! Nothing fancy, just a simple 3 bedroom rectangular box with a patch of grass out the back, but I loooooves it!

Compared to the last place (ahem, dump) that we lived in, this really is a castle. There’s lots of lovely, natural light filtering through, grass actually grows in the yard, no rotting holes in the walls (I hear you – ewww!), and if I was pregnant (which I most certainly AM NOT), there’s plenty of room to spin in the kitchen without breaking shit. Love LOVE LOVE!

And it has solar electricity (ok so did the last place), but it also has a studio in the backyard. That’s right, a freaking STUDIO with soon-to-be (hopefully anyway) electricity. Winning!

Really, the only issue I have with the new place is the letterbox. That thing is as a vortex-of-scary-crawly-things if I’ve ever seen one! Thus far, I have flat out refused to check the mail, so The Big J brings it in now. He may only be doing it on a weekly basis, but I don’t mind. Because there is no way that I am going armpit deep, in a black-hole of hell, to retrieve bills and product disclosure notices that I don’t even want in the first place. Madonna will tour Australia before that happens.

Rei Baby of course, is being her usual dreamy self, sleeping through the planes and this crazy hot heat. Sheesh, did we bring the humidity down from the north or what?

She may have spent her first day crying and screaming, which is very uncharacteristic for Rei Baby. But it may have been more due to the fact that I was having a minor break down because the felafel-ing movers lost our stuff. Yep. LOST OUR STUFF! Picked it up, moved it, then lost it and had no record of ever collecting or storing it.

We got it eventually, but not until after I’d spent many hysterical hours on the phone, f-bombs flying everywhere (the new neighbours must have been cringing about the bogans that had just moved in…), demanding it be found and delivered that day. And it did. The movers left just after 11pm, closely supervised by a torch-brandishing, nosy resident from across the street. I was so happy that they found our things and delivered it, that I almost didn’t care that they snapped the base off our TV and ruined the screen. But don’t worry. The Big J was there to make sure I definitely did care. Still waiting on our replacement – I’m sure it’s coming though…

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the castle. And continue to sing out “in-coming” every time a plane approaches. So what if the whole yard lights up and the house gets a slight shake to it as the planes fly over? It’s probably the closest that I’m ever going to get to a UFO encounter, so I better make the most of it, as we won’t be here forever.

Comments (10)

  1. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living

    hahaha I can’t stop laughing. Welcome to the Gold Coast!! 🙂 I think I managed to spot the plane 😛 I cannot believe your stuff went missing!! Seriously, how does that even happen these days? Hope your settling in well, welcome back :):)

    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Hahaa thanks Ashlea:) Yeah I don’t really think you can miss the planes… Don’t even get me started on the Movers – my sentiments exactly!

  2. Tash

    Dan that’s funny ! You didn’t happen to move with Wridgways did you ? We had a massive drama with them when we moved back to the goldy from Perth. I was heavily pregnant and on the verge of going all A Current Affair on their butt!!!! Not sure how these business’s exist with such terrible service.

    We lived in Adina Avenue in Bilinga for awhile the backyard was pretty much the runway. You do get used to it and pretty quickly but yeah trying to watch something on tv then a plane takes off…..what was that ?! Atleast Rei baby is sleeping through the planes what a good girl. Xoxo

    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      I know what you mean Tash! I was planning a MASSIVE social media campaign and thinking about media places to contact LOL. I really don’t know how they keep getting business – not many places to review Movers either… And no, it wasn’t Wridgways. TV and phone calls are the worst with in-coming planes hahaa 🙂

  3. Jo Zanka

    You def need to ( a) write a book or ( b) do stand up comedy…..thoroughly enjoyed your own castle overview….. should we meet somewhere, you come to my place or me come to you…..Thurs afternoon suits me on most weeks…..let me know what you think


    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Stand up comedy? Hahahaa now you’re making me laugh 🙂 A book might be good though… As for our catch up, I’m happy to come to yours. Busy for the next two weeks so how about Thurs 5/2/2014? Can’t wait 🙂

  4. Gail Watson

    A brilliant piece, Dan! Loved it from beginning to end . It made me chuckle a lot! Glad to hear you’ve returned to at least close to Brisbane. Look forward to more adventures on WDDN.

    PS : Glad you got your stuff back.

    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      Aww thanks Gail! I can not tell you how exceptionally happy we are to be back south again. Brisbane was the plan, but I’m really enjoying the Goldy a lot more than I thought I would. I would love to come up and have a catch up with you one day 🙂

  5. sahri

    Tugan?? Awesome area Dan. Love your writing! Miss your bogan ass 😉

    1. DanielleDanielle (Post author)

      This bogan ass has been at gym this morning (spin class – ugh!), because my butt needs to be less bogan and more Gold Coast… Don’t worry, you will FOREVER be my IG mentor. That’s right, whether you like it or not LOL


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