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what price paradise?

April 17, 2013

What you would pay for an idyllic pastoral scene with mild weather, great neighbours and affordable health care?  You could nap in a hammock next to a soothing creek, swim in a pond teeming with trout, pick blueberries from the garden and collect organic eggs from a friendly flock of hens.

If your answer is $629,000 or more, I have the perfect place for you.  Jude and I are selling our farm.  It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have realized that none of our five kids will ever be in a position to move up here to see us through our drooling years.

We’ve known this for some time, but finally started talking about it last November.  With me retired and Jude just a few years from it, we did the math and concluded that we can’t afford to stay here without family help.

So the last few months we’ve been giving away and throwing away much of our stuff.  We told our community of our decision about a month ago.  We are quite sad about it.  Yesterday a neighbour asked “are you sure you want to move?”

I said “I’m sure we don’t want to move.  We don’t expect to ever have such a great situation again.  But we see no other choice.”

We’ve listed the farm on Green Homes For Sale.  If you’d like to check it out, click “Browse Homes” at the top, then “British Columbia” and “Heriot Bay”.  I’d post a link but we’re having some technical problems with the site.  We can’t delete or replace some of the photos, we can’t change the asking price of $629, and we can’t rouse anybody at tech support.

But it’s out in the universe now, at least.  Real estate is moving very slowly here.  It could be a long time before we sell.  Until then we’ll keep prettying up the place.  These last few months have been exhausting and exhilarating.  There’s something very liberating about looking through all your stuff and assessing which of it still has value to you.

This process has been the main reason I haven’t been been posting much lately.  But now that we’ve gone public, I promise to keep you updated.

  1. Judith permalink
    April 17, 2013 7:55 am

    Where are you going?


    • April 19, 2013 7:06 am

      We’re weighing our options.

  2. April 17, 2013 7:40 pm

    I’m so sorry you’re going to leave your paradise. Hope you get a buyer soon.

    • April 19, 2013 7:11 am

      Thank you, Bella. We’ve had more than 100 views of our Green Homes For Sale website ad.

  3. Inveterate Teacher permalink
    April 19, 2013 10:45 am

    I checked it out, the website. Good presentation! Hope you can get some pictures of those beautiful streaming, rushing waters on the property added to the website. Water attracts and is life!

  4. Anonymous permalink
    April 25, 2013 7:53 pm

    I was just going to email you and find out how the sale was going, and here it all was on the blog. Linda and I are sorry you need to leave that beautiful place, but are at the same time happy you’ll be much closer by. Life’s good, gardening and kayaking a lot, having fun. Michael

    • April 30, 2013 9:28 am

      Thanks, young fella. We’ve had 300+ views of our place, but no inquiries. It might be awhile, but that’s okay because it’s finally warming up here. Our best to Lindabeth.

  5. May 9, 2013 7:20 am

    It sounds like you two are preparing to move straight into an old folks’ home near your children! And while I completely understand wanting to be closer to your loved ones as you age, I hope that leaving a place you love so much — and that supportive, close community you seem to be a part of — will only take you somewhere even better.

    • May 14, 2013 9:26 am

      Hi, Kate. Has it warmed up on the prairie yet? We don’t expect to find a better community, but we never thought we’d find one as wonderful as this one.

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