Story by Elle Richards
There is something so grounding and tranquil about being immersed in the Australian bush. Surrounded by ancient gum trees and rolling countryside, this tiny house was the perfect escape from everyday life.
With a lake lapping at my doorstep, I fell asleep to the moon glistening over the water and woke to the orange sun spilling over the horizon. For a weekend I forgot about the day to day stresses of my job, I forgot about bills I had to pay and meetings I had to schedule, this place seemed to lift the heaviness from my mind and for the first time in a long time, I felt complete peace.
Wrapped in blankets we drank sweet red wine under the stars, listening to the fire crackle and the kookaburra’s sing into the night. Off grid and engulfed by nature, I realised how easily I had become disconnected from this earth, and myself, and so caught up in the daily 9-5 grind.
Staying here pulled me back to myself. Breathing in the fresh, crisp air, getting lost in the infinite countryside and living amongst this largely un-touched part of the world re-centred me. Living amongst the natural elements, off grid and offline was utterly refreshing and residing in a cozy, beautifully designed tiny home allowed me to make the most of the outdoor.
Driving through the endless rolling hills and engulfed by enormous gum trees…we did get a little lost. We took a left turn and wound up at a Raspberry farm. At first I thought, random, and then I thought, I didn’t even know there were entire farms dedicated to raspberries. Initially the sign said closed, but just before we turned the car around to find our way home, we saw a frantic hand waiving at us in the rear view mirror. A weathered, smiling face jogs up to our car, he tells us to ignore his sign and then sends us into the endless rows of raspberries. He tells us to pick as many as we want and with a wink he chuckles, ‘the more you eat now, the less you’ll have to pay at the end!’ Wading through the isles of bush and berries we fill our buckets and our bellies, fingers stained red and lips dripping with pink. This was such a simple, blissful moment for me and I will cherish and love this memory forever.
I came to this tiny house feeling drained and depleted, and I left feeling light and whole. I felt like the day-to-day worries I was consumed by before staying here, suddenly did not seem so important in the scheme of things.
This tiny home is a soul soother- if you (like me) find yourself exhausted by your day job, worn down and craving a break – this is the place for you. For me, this wasn’t just a scenic and romantic getaway, it was a grounding experience that truly nourished my mind and soul.