Moving to better pastures.

IMG_0235 birch tree

The lopped top of our birch-tree which threatened the gutters.

If people thought things have been a bit quiet on the Oosterman Treats blog, they are right. After more than ten years of ‘putting up’ with a strange inexplicable  toxic atmosphere, I am moving. Helvi and I both tried to make things work, but with some people that just doesn’t work. Perhaps it makes them happy when unhinging others. The chairperson of this community likes nothing better than to hack away with secateurs and cut down anything that blocks his view of fences and gutters. You will get the picture I am sure!

I am moving a few kilometres up the road where I bought my new abode. It is brand new and so far only a few town-houses are occupied. I met one couple who immediately were helpful and welcoming. Another couple opposite also friendly and jovial. It renewed my confidence in people. I also met very nice welcoming people at the local Bradman Cricket café. A joy to behold and we meet two or thee times weekly for a coffee and exchange of the latest. Nothing serious and oddly enough, no cricket talk, not that I would mind, I just don’t understand the game.

I was so happy with the decision to move away from the present noxious body corporate and so overwhelmed with my friendly new abode, that I bought another town-house, which I will let out to get a bit of income. Good karma so far. Helvi wanted to move earlier but with her cancer and endless hospital visits it did not eventuate. She would be happy to see me move away from this present address.


I am now packing endless boxes and sorting out all the paraphernalia we collected through the years. My goodness, 19 egg-cups, and so many sets of knives, far out. Father Riley’s charity shop is groaning with the superfluous household items of our previous life’s sojourn.

I am so happy to have made this move. I am on cloud nine and no secateurs in sight at my new address.

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41 Responses to “Moving to better pastures.”

  1. Julia Lund Says:

    Dear Gerard, my best wishes to you as you make this big change. It will in some ways be with mixed feelings on some level, I expect, but it certainly sounds like a very positive step if the few neighbours you have so far met are to go by. May there be many more such lovely encounters.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Dear Julia,

      When Helvi and I moved it was always to nice places and we never regretted any of them. Here, we too moved to a nice area well known for its gardens and mild climate. It were the neighbours that we were unlucky with. Never mind, in a few weeks I’ll be out and into my new place with nice neighbours.

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  2. leggypeggy Says:

    Oh Gerard, I’m delighted to hear about your move and to know that the new neighbours are already welcoming.

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  3. lifecameos Says:

    Well done !! It is hard work moving but it will certainly be worth it for you.

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  4. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    And I’m happy for you! It sounds as though you’ve made exactly the right decision, and it will be uplifting, I think to have a change of scene with good neighbours.

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  5. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    Good for you, Gez. You are a beacon of light showing fence sitters like me the way forward ! Best thing about moving is that you get to find lots of good stuff – twice 😊

    Shit neighbours are so common these days. FM and I have them in stereo. We are very attached to Cambria – our house’s birth name but a move is inevitable and shitty neighbours do make the decision so much easier.

    Did you know Emmlet 1.2 is due anytime this month. Last week I picked up a tandem pram for Emmlet 1 from a Gumtree seller. When I checked it this weekend – Three flat tires. Those little bits of stuff on the tires were in fact bindiis. Bicycle tube repairs- an almost lost art. The local cycle shop does not sell the kits, they just put in a new tube. But they do not sell 12.5 inch Oran tubes. Local mitre 10 to the rescue!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Trouserzoff. Now that I made the decision, things fall in place. This present place is sold as well, which makes the second place I am buying an easy transfer.

      With two townhouses of the ten, there is a fair chance a body corporate or Strata will be formed and I might volunteer to run the ‘committee’ and will immediately move a motion banning any garden cutting tools and petrol driven equipment. Curtsying in front of birch trees too!

      Each of the townhouses have underground rain water tanks used for flushing toilets and watering the gardens.


  6. GP Cox Says:

    I wish you all the very best in your new home!!

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  7. berlioz1935 Says:

    Good on you, Gerard. I hope you find the peace of mind you yearn for. A pity you can’t take your beautiful backyard with you. Best wishes from me and Uta. When are settled in we must catch up again.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you, Peter and Uta. I have been neglectful with keeping up with friends but it has been hectic lately. It is certainly keeping me on my toes. We will catch up and hopefully everything will be settled in a couple of months. I am now going to Sydney as one of my grandsons has his birthday.
      My daughter is coming this week to give me a hand packing the sheets, knives, endless pillows and chairs.

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  8. Robert Parker Says:

    Good for you, for taking action, pulling up stakes. (and it sounds like they were trying to turn the trees into stakes where you were living!) Do the people in Australia say “pastures new” ? I’ve heard British people say that, for moving to a new scene. I do not know anyone who has as many egg cups as you! 🙂

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  9. jennypellett Says:

    Very best wishes to you and your new home. It sounds lovely!

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  10. catterel Says:

    Sounds very positive Gerard – and a chance to declutter and downsize! All the very best, and may you find the best neighbours in the world.

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  11. Yvonne Says:

    It sounds like a very good move, Gerard. It’ll make such a difference, having friendly people around, no thefts and suspicious glances at you.

    Does Milo like it?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, remember the thieving going on with our lovely cyclamen and ceramic pots.? It was awful, just to try and get us to move. Bullying amongst grown-ups. Helvi could not believe it, and with her Finnish insight put the blame on our education.

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  12. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    OH!!! 🙂 I am so happy and excited for you, Gerard!!! 🙂
    And to already know you have some lovely neighbors…that is so wonderful! 🙂
    Bestest wishes as you get moved and settle in your new home!
    I do bet that Helvi is smiling! 🙂
    HUGS!!! to you! PATS and RUBS to Milo!!! 🙂
    PS…that photo you and Helvi is sweet and beautiful! 🙂

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  13. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I am betting that your recent move to a friendly living environment is the best thing that you have done for yourself in quite some time. It is good to read that you sound much happier now. And I am assuming that you have a bit of garden space where Milo can have a bit of fresh air freedom. I am wondering if you took any of the garden plants to go in your new digs garden. “Digs” is slang for one’s home.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You are right, Ivonne. I am euphoric about how the new neighbours are helpful and friendly. There are normal people about after all!

      Yes, Milo will have just as much garden in the new place plus lots of walking around the streets. I already noticed people and dogs walking around.
      Our nice neighbours have a lovely dog. I bet Milo will be happy there too. He is almost 16 now but still lively and enthusiastic.

      I am taking all Helvi’s pots and plants. The digs will be green and lush looking in no-time.

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      • petspeopleandlife Says:

        I am glad that you are taking the plants. And, that Milo will have garden space to run and bark and to be a dog. The terriers as a rule, I think, tend to be pretty healthy and can live to be quite old. Sometimes up to 20 years and beyond. I am glad that you have him for companionship.


  14. freefall852 Says:

    “I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
    I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
    (And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
    I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too. ”

    (From ; The Pasture…by Robert Frost )

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  15. bkpyett Says:

    I”m so pleased to hear about your decision to move, Gerard. Wishing you every happiness in your new abode. Am sure you’ll have it as you want in no time. It’s always unsettling moving, but worth the angst once you’ve settled. It’s supposed to be cleansing downsizing, we’ve yet to declutter, but good luck with it all.

    Best wishes, Barbara

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, moving is hard work but it also energizes me. I am very keen to move to the new place. I am driving endless times up and down moving the small stuff, linen, blankets, all the kitchen stuff, clothing, hundreds of books and lamps, boxes of photos, marriage certificate, grandsons birth certificates, taxation bills, all the Brik-a-Brack of a life time.
      Decluttering is not as easy as I thought. Too many memories are imbedded in the clutter..

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  16. rangewriter Says:

    Wow! This is a big, bold, and I’m sure, beneficial move! It sounds a bit overwhelming and you deserve an award for rising to the occasion. There’s nothing worse than living in a neighborhood filled with curmudgeons and busy bodies. Your new ‘hood can count itself lucky to have you as a new neighbor.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, but the decision was made and I am all fired up. This neighbourhood was too toxic and sapping the will to go on. I don’t mind not getting on but the deliberate cutting of our birch tree was unforgivable. Helvi was flabbergasted and knew there was no redemption possible. The man is addicted to vandalising gardens in order to ‘keep control.’
      Of course, one could chose to ignore it but that too became after ten years not worth the strain.
      I am now moving into a much nice place. It feels nice each time I go there.


  17. shoreacres Says:

    Gerard, I’m thrilled to death for you! When you described the new neighbors as “normal and friendly,” I knew exactly what you meant. Normal, friendly, ordinary — those are gifts not to be taken lightly.

    I know you’ll be happy. After dithering about whether I should move, I just went ahead and did it, and it absolutely was the right decision. I love my new place, and the ability to have some bird feeders has turned into something ever so much better than television. They’re great fun to watch, and being able to do so from my desk is perfection.

    It’s been clear for years that living next to a toxic waste dump isn’t good for people. Living next to toxic people isn’t, either. Since you have the chance to get away, you’ll improve your life immeasurably. Well done!

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  18. gerard oosterman Says:

    And it doesn’t let up either, Linda.
    After an exhaustive day when she helped me to get a rather complicated pair of metal shelving up. ( one of those flat-pack articles) and I was showing signs of wear, well, the next day at midday after I arrived with yet another load in my Peugeot, she came over and gave me warm food wrapped in foil. ‘This is for your tea, Gerard, she smiled.’ She had baked muffins for me and no doubt her husband. What an act of kindness.

    I am sure that the best sign of a good human being is love for nature and gardens.

    The neighbour opposite introduced herself as Amanda and a daughter named Gretel. Again, so spontaneous.

    On he 9th of April I am getting a cataract removed from my right eye. No big deal but I hope it will make reading better.

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