This week we have the opportunity to see the favourite space of Tracey from The Tradies Wife. Tracey has a very similar story to my own. Naturally I love her blog, and her perspective with which she writes. Tracey’s blog is aimed at all tradies wives or partners, however there often great and valid advice for all. Posts like New Year, New Job, have tips for all professions, and School Holidays Are Coming! 5 Tips to Save Your Sanity, will help any Mother.
Tracey is currently living in New Zealand, so her favourite space is a little different to the one most of us may have. I hope you enjoy 🙂
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a mum of 2 primary school aged girls and the wife of a Tradie. After coming from a successful career in Retail Management, I entered the building industry. Initially, for one of a Sydney’s largest home improvement companies and then, after a few years with my husband when he decided to go out on his own. That was 12 years ago now and I haven’t looked back. I’d been interested in starting a blog for quite some time and came up with the concept of The Tradies Wife. There are so many wives and partners of tradies who work just as hard to keep their businesses running smoothly as well as juggling kids and general life stuff. The Tradies Wife is a space where we can share and celebrate everything it means to be a tradies wife (or partner).
Originally from Australia we have lived and run our business in both Australia and New Zealand. We can’t seem to decide where we love to live the most so we simply go between both countries.
Tell us about your favourite space?
I have so many but at the moment it would have to be our own front yard. It’s big, it’s grassy and it’s private. We’ve only been here for 18months, after living in suburbia. Some days I find myself just staring out over it and just daydreaming about life. The kids can run around, make huts amongst the trees and just generally go crazy and I can pretty much see them the whole time. We’ve had small rabbits hanging out on the lawn, families of hedgehogs hiding under the trampoline and also the odd sheep or cow escaping their paddock to come in and eat the grass.
From a tradie perspective, I know my tradie hubby loves that he can pull all his tools out, clean them, sort them and whatever else, without worrying that he is putting them on show for everyone to see (A crap way to have to think, but sometimes it’s necessary)
What is it about this space that makes it your favourite space?
I love that it changes constantly. Right now its summer and we’ve not had much rain so it’s looking quite dry; however the trees are still full of gorgeous green leaves. In winter all the trees have lost their leaves and we can see some small glimpses of the bay. We overlook a dam that belongs to our neighbour which is bordered with pine trees, it just really adds to the whole appeal of the yard.
What are your favourite items in this space?
Without a doubt, the trees! From gorgeous and green in spring and summer to all shades of red and orange in autumn and then completely leaf free, revealing views of the district in winter. To be honest I’ve never been too interested in trees and leaves and when people spoke of the changing colours of Autumn I wasn’t interested in the slightest. But now I can really appreciate it.
I also really love the privacy. I can hang my knickers on the clothesline and not worry that they are on view for the entire neighbourhood to see! (We used to have 5 different neighbours who could all see into our backyard)
How does this space make you feel?
Calm, safe and a little bit disconnected, in a really good way. You know those days when it’s been so hectic and you feel pulled in all directions? When I have those days it’s so relaxing to get to the top of our driveway and know we are far enough away to be able to just turn off and relax.
Isn’t Tracey’s yard gorgeous! I love New Zealand and looking at these photos just made me want to visit again, real soon. If you would like to know a little more about Tracey, check out her Blog, Facebook and Instagram.
Have you been to New Zealand? Did you love it as much as I did? Would you go back?
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