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A MOVING EXPERIENCE …

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For over seven years we have been on the road.

We’ve travelled from north Queensland to Southern Tasmania and west to Adelaide. We’ve met amazing people and communities; presented photobook and cyanotype workshops, coordinated exhibitions, events and meetings. We’ve been welcomed into people’s homes and had the opportunity to stay for longer periods of time in certain places by doing ‘house-sits’ and being ‘doggie-minders’.

Always on our travels we’ve been on the lookout for a place to live. Somewhere close to landscape, central to vibrant localities and cities and of course friends. Affordability of real estate always was a concern and over the years the number of times we were told “you should have been here last year” left us needing to keep looking.

That search is ow over and we’ve found the place that we will make into our home – Here is the story of our recent move from Toowoomba to Benalla in August at the height of the Pandemic …

Q'Land/NSW Border COVID Sign at Wallangarra
Q’Land/NSW Border COVID Sign at Wallangarra
The rain cleared at Woodburn on the way to Wooli – A good Omen…?
Wooli Beach and NSW goes EXTREME RED...!
Wooli Beach and NSW goes EXTREME RED…!
A sunset cloud over the Wooli River
A sunset cloud over the Wooli River
Dashing over the Kaputar Range to Narrabri
Dashing over the Kaputar Range to Narrabri
Arriving Narrabri in the early evening ...
Arriving Narrabri in the early evening …
Narrabri Motel in the morning
Narrabri Motel in the morning
Road sign on the edge of the Covid zone
Road sign on the edge of the Covid zone
NSW roads
NSW roads – Narranderra 97
NSW road
NSW road
Motel at West Wyalong reading Peter Black's Motel book
Motel at West Wyalong reading Peter Black’s Motel book
Travelling towards the Victoria Border
Travelling towards the Victoria Border
Crossing the Victorian Border - the Murray River
Crossing the Victorian Border – the Murray River
Arriving at our new Home - The Ray White guys have given us a bow
Arriving at our new Home – The Ray White guys have given us a bow
First night without furniture - Thanks Mieke and Matt for the flowers
First night without furniture – Thanks Mieke and Matt for the flowers
The removalists unload - we are in quarantine in the car
The removalists unload – we are in quarantine in the car
The unload plan for the removalists
The unload plan for the removalists
The STUDIO - Before+After
The STUDIO – Before+After
The Living Room + boxes to unpack in quarantine ...
The Living Room + boxes to unpack in quarantine …
BENALLA Sign on the servo wall just up the street
BENALLA Sign on the servo wall just up the street

Written by Cooper+Spowart

December 9, 2021 at 10:08 pm

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  1. Great photos + essay!

    Greg Johnson

    December 10, 2021 at 6:19 am

  2. Lovely idea to share the move. What a trip. Glad you’ve settled into Victoria.

    Alison Stieven-Taylor

    December 10, 2021 at 11:09 am

  3. Great that you have finally settled…..and it’s a terrific part of the world…..but winter will come, so get thee to an OPShop….haha

    Robert Gray

    December 11, 2021 at 5:59 am

  4. An epic journey in crazy times. Glad it ended well. It was great to spend some time with you both up here in Toowoomba, and hope we can get down your way one day. Best, Rob.

    Robert Ashdown

    December 12, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    • Hey Robert + Allana – would be GREAT to show you some VICTORIAN Nat Parks down here and the local farmgate providores…!

      Cooper+Spowart

      December 14, 2021 at 4:10 pm


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