After four long years trying to get our own home built, and having numerous hiccups and road-blocks along the way, Mr Iced Vovo and I finally decided to pull the plug on that venture, put our land up for sale and start looking for an already existing home to buy. Thankfully, the moon and stars seemed to be aligned and it was only the second property that we looked at that we fell for -instantly!
It was ‘love at first sight’! Pulling up out front for the first Open Home I knew the property had a wonderful vibe and I was not disappointed when I went throughout the house looking for, and finding, all the things we had on our ‘most wanted’ checklist. I called Mr Iced Vovo immediately (he had prior commitments on the Saturday open home) and told him that we had to come back the next day for the second Open Home to take another look. We both fell in love with the wonderful openness, freshness (it is only 3 years old) and stunning water and mountain views right at our back door and so we started negotiations right away.
Since moving in we have been working at putting our stamp on the place, especially the garden and are already getting things the way we want them. We have pulled out plants that we don’t like, like hedging and some rather too big Cordyline style plants that were blocking up the pathway to the entrance. We are waiting for the end of winter to put in a raised vegetable bed or two but have started to plant a variety of natives to provide us with cut flowers and to attract the birds and fruit trees to be a little more self-sufficient. We even have planned a Japanese inspired garden along the side of the house outside our bedroom window – so good times are ahead in the garden.(A post just on the garden will be up later in the week and one on the Japanese garden when it is complete.)
Luckily Crown Land separates our house and the water and so our gorgeous view is unlikely to ever be built out. Aside from the ducks, swans and seagulls we see a plenty we have spotted beautiful Rosellas and little stalk like birds too. We have one regular visitor each morning who loves to fly in and pick the worms out of the lawn. Not to forget, there are all kinds of recreational boats too that go up and down the river and across the way we can catch a glimpse of the keen golfers playing at Claremont Golf Course.
While there is still plenty to do, we are happy knowing there is no urgency in getting things together and in just kicking back and enjoying our new home.