Time has been flying by lately. It's been two months since I posted anything. I have been busy with work and with getting Missy's garden and her house ready to sell.
The photographer is coming tomorrow to take photos for the internet advertisement so it is finally happening. Missy's Garden is for sale.
The lawn is lovely and green and there is so much in bloom around the garden at the moment.
With all the rain we've had recently there seems to be more flowers on the ground than on the trees.
The Brazilian Red Cloak and the Calliandra are both in flower at the moment.
Tibouchina (with chookies in the background)
I love their purple flowers.
Just look at the Golden Penda Xanthostemon-Chrysanthus.
We have a few of these in the garden, in our rainforest area. The lorikeets are in parrot heaven. We wake to their squabbling each morning at the moment and when anyone ventures into that part of the garden they tell you off. I have reassured them I'm not going to steal their flowery feast.
The back patio area is the tidiest I've seen it in a long time. The table often doubles as a potting bench.
I spent the Easter break tidying up bromeliads and cleaning out the garden shed - plus replanting the vegie patch.
Usually I would start a few trays from seed but this time I just visited the big green shed and bought seedlings ready to plant. My reasoning - Who knows how long it will take to sell the house, and I don't want to go without my home-grown vegies in the meantime. Besides I'm sure whoever buys the house will use them if we do sell it quickly.
The builder has finished our new house, but there is still some things to be done - like floor coverings and a driveway, so it will still be a month or two before we could move in.
Here's a sneak peek at our new kitchen,
and our bathroom.
I forgot to take any photos of the front of the house.... Oh well, next time.
The new house is coming along well. We haven't been up to see it since before Christmas but the builder has sent some progress photos.
The outside is basically finished except for a few trims and the garage door.
The kitchen benches are done - just waiting on the appliances and sink.
The tiling and bathroom fit-out is underway
John will be taking the light fittings up there on Wednesday so the electrical work will be finished soon too.
Over the past few weeks, getting our current house and Missy's garden ready for sale has been our priority. I'm still working full-time so there's only weekends to work at home, and since John's illness he can't do what he used to, so my son has spent much of his spare time lately working in the garden. I don't know what we would have done without him - not much I guess. We really appreciate his help.
The main reason we decided to move was that John was unable to look after the garden anymore and with me at work five days a week it all started to become too hard. I love gardening but there's only so much you can do. We've been lucky that much of the garden looks after itself but there's been a lot of garden maintenance jobs that just didn't get done over the last year or so... but they are done now thanks to Andrew.
Our house really only needs a bit of spiffing up." Presentation" they call it. It needs to look its best of course. I read somewhere “Buyers are not looking to buy property! What they’re
really looking to buy is a better life (property just happens to be the way
they’ll get it).”
I'm taking that advice and trying to highlight to prospective buyers the lifestyle that comes with living in our house surrounded by Missy's garden.... and it has been quite a wonderful life. I will miss it, but I'm sure we will discover many new and different things to enjoy. It will be a huge change.
One of the challenges in downsizing to a smaller property is deciding what to keep, sell, give away or toss out. Luckily I'm not really a hoarder but we've still accumulated more than we need. I've been systematically going through each and every cupboard in every room. From photos and CDs to kitchen goods, linen and clothes, even furniture - I've been ruthless. If we don't love it or use it regularly it's not coming with us.
This sorting and deciding what to keep or not has been the most time-consuming. Sorting the photos took me a lot longer than anything else. Apart from the memories rediscovered, I found packets of photos from when we began the garden - so of course that got me thinking, before we go I must do some "Then and Now" posts. I've hardly taken any photos of the garden recently - but I will soon.
It's not long now. The house will go on sale in a couple of weeks and then we hope someone will want to buy it. The new house will be completed by the builder mid-March but we have a few things to do to it before we move in - like a driveway and floor coverings.