After 87 days from idea to realisation, we are now all moved and settled in to our new place. Well not quite settled in. We are living in a caravan with all our worldly possessions scattered about the place waiting to be rearranged in a orderly fashion. We may be there for a short while, the house arrives, all going well in early March or hopefully even sooner.
Our new place is 10 acres on the rugged west coast over looking the Tasman Sea. The sand is black, the beach is empty for miles and the waves are often wild. It is a mesmerising sight to sit and stare at. We’re not on the beach front itself, but we have beach access and I can see the waves break from where the garden will be. The view is spectacular. This alone is worth the move.
The land, while gorgeous, doesn’t currently have a house. This is not a big problem for us as we like to embrace difficult situations. It builds character. Although I’m not sure our character requires strengthening in the area of building, so yeah nah, we’re not building a house. We did look into that, and not only is it extremely expensive, but there are so many logistical hoops to jump through and takes a very long time, we decided we’re not up for that kind of a challenge.
So we are relocating a house. That way, we get to look for our perfect house to go with our perfect section. As there is a lot of development going on in the country where old houses on large sections are making way for numerous townhouses, it didn’t take long to find the perfect one for our place. All we have to do now is wait for it to arrive, so I’ll share more about that later. It is the ultimate form of recycling!
In the meantime we are going to live in a caravan that the lovely previous owners have left for us use for the few short months it will take for the house to come. It is summer and most people about the place are staying in caravans by choice right now as they go off on their summer holiday, it can’t be that much different from that! We have created several locations beside the caravan – tents and a large gazebo, so we don’t all kill each other in the confined space of the caravan. It’ll be fine and won’t be for long.
The place I want to put the garden will be perfect for it – it gets all day sun and is mostly sheltered from the worst of the winds this coastal property will throw at it. I will need raised beds as the soil is mostly sand. I will miss the wonderful rich soil we had at the last place, but I won’t miss the mud. Although come next summer I may be bemoaning the fact there is too much drainage! I have great plans for the garden and you can check it our here in my wee video tour of the new place:
It is an ambitious plan which is exciting and scary all at the same time. There is a lot to learn as things are very different, but a gardener is always learning and I am looking forward to the journey. There will be ups and downs. Mistakes will be made, but at the end of the day I can sit and let the troubles of the day wash away as the sun sinks into the ocean. It would have taken a pretty special place to take me away from my old garden and this, I believe, it that place.
Come again soon – it is the first day of an very interesting journey.
Sarah the Gardener : o)