South Down Farm
I’m writhing in remorse and festooned with guilt. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been extremely tardy about visiting my favourite blogs recently. See, the thing is…..we are selling South Down and it’s been all hands on deck getting the house ship-shape and ready to sail the turbulent seas of real estate brokering.
The photographer has been and gone, brochures have been printed, lawns have been mowed, weeds have been weeded and a studio full of paint and pictures has been tidied. Viewing appointments have been made and people have been coming and going and peering and poking and umming and aaahing.
The up-side of it all is that we’re not in a desperate hurry to rid ourselves of this house, so if she (it is a she) doesn’t sell this summer we won’t yelp too loudly and will try again next year. Guy will have to continue his daily three hour commute to work for another six or so months and I can fling paint around my studio again for a while.
The reason we came to this momentous decision – selling a house is momentous – was because now that our girls have established themselves in London and Buckinghamshire respectively, we have found ourselves rattling about in a house that is really too big for just me and Guy on our own. Personally, I would like to live in a Land Rover and travel forever, but the reality is that Guy’s journey to work and back is thoroughly exhausting. Especially in winter when he leaves and returns in the pitch dark. Then there is the upkeep of 1.5 acres of garden and lawn – no mean feat in itself and very time consuming. Weekends are often spent doing a multitude of chores and Guy therefore doesn’t have much time to indulge in his passions for sailing and hiking.
So, potentially, it’s out with the old and in with the new. What will we do if we sell? Probably buy a teeny tiny cottage nearer Guy’s work and thus free up our time for a bit more adventure and exploration. Maybe…just maybe…we could also find a little spot in sunnier climes to which we can escape from time to time. You’d all be more than welcome to visit. I mean it. Seriously.
In the meantime, may I ask you to please excuse me for not having visited your bloggy homes more often? Now that everything is set to go, I will be zipping around Blogland much more frequently. See you there!