Welcome to Living on the Downs.
In case you are wondering, the Downs refers to the vast Queensland region on the western side of the Great Dividing Range. Also known as the Darling Downs, it spans from Toowoomba to Miles to Goondiwindi. I didn’t grow up on the Downs, but since 2001 it has been my home.
Over the last 30 years I have moved 15 times. I have moved from the city to the bush, from the coast to inland, and more recently, from a small rural town to a regional city. I have moved for study, for work and for marriage. My last move, though, was for family. I have an adult son with autism, and as much as I loved our small town, it became necessary to move so that he could access the kind of life I had always dreamed for him.
Moving isn’t easy. Apart from the packing and the unpacking, it takes quite a bit of time to settle into a new house, let alone a new community. Since moving to Toowoomba just over two years ago, we have learned to find our way around the city streets, met lots of new people and started to feel like we belong. It is beginning to feel like home.
So, I’m stepping out from the shadows to share our life, our ups and downs, the people we love, the things we’ve learned and the places we have discovered – living on the Downs.