Friday dawned and we started some packing up and filled the car up and made the first run. I'm going to to take this opportunity to show you around our new apartment and a little of the neighbourhood.
"While inevitably undergoing inner-city gentrification, Fitzroy has retained its creative edge thanks to a great mix of art galleries, studios and specialist bookshops. Idiosyncratic bars pop up on Smith Street. Marios, Polyester and Brunswick Street Books still call Brunswick Street home, and Johnson Street continues to flaunt its Spanish heritage, especially during the November Hispanic Fiesta." Taken from the visitvictoria website.
In my own words, we have moved from the glamour, shinyness and brassyness of Southbank to the grungy, understated dirtyness of Fitzroy. Where Southbank was all glossy WAG, Fitzroy is achingly hip and all about skinny jeans, tattoos and beards on young. thin people...Yes, talk about a change in demographic and scenery! It will be fun!
There are some incredible restaurants in our neighbourhood that are fiercely independent and quirky, shying away from the prime riverside spots and partnerships with the likes of Crown Casino or other shopping centres.
The cylindrical grey tower with the small scattered windows is nicknamed "The Cheesegrater" and I can understand why. The apartment block actually consists of three buildings on a square block on three streets; Young, Kerr and Argyle Street.
The kitchen is a different shape to what we have at the moment but it feels more functional with more work and storage space. And I have bought new toys; new kitchen toys. I'm a huge Joseph Joseph fan and have coveted those goodies for a long time and now they belong to me! And they look mighty fine against the white units and green splashback!
The kitchen is part of the open living / dining area which opens out to the balcony. The one thing that has struck us with this apartment is just how much natural light comes in which is great.
The utility room for the washing machine and dryer is pretty much a cupboard with folding doors. Compact living.
The view from the balcony is the central communal garden which also has electric BBQs to use and an open air pool and spa. There's also a room they call "The Studio" but I'm not sure what goes on there and there's also a gym.
So that's the new pad. Next Saturday is the big move in date when our furniture will be delivered and the removalists will transport our larger pieces of furniture including the bed so from then on, Fitzroy will be where we lay our heads.
And in Fitzroy the streets are all a bit eclectic and apart from the graffiti, they're not really identifiable. Shops and cafes like the "no sign" approach...almost like you have to be in the know to find them. And as soon as you exit the apartment building there is graffiti...
So tomorrow is the inevitable Ikea run. My friend Nat has kindly lent us her bigger car so we can stock up and have a day of flat pack furniture builiding. I'll post more once things are moved in and it all looks nice.
In the meantime, take a look at the fast growing up Amelia Grace who enjoys being outdoors in the garden. I love her little jacket here that reminds me of Neopolitan ice cream. She loves helping out with chores whether in the garden watering the plants or sweeping with a dustpan and brush! She also loves to shop as can be seen in the last photo.