On Friday afternoon we travelled to the farm to stay with Chloe. This was so exciting as we were getting to finally see inside the farmhouse that is to be ours and we could do this Saturday morning.
Friday evening Chloe cooked us dinner and the excitement was building! Her house has a beautiful view of trees and the moon rising. As we chatted the hugest moon rose in front of us.
It turned out to be the Blood Moon eclipse ... we could not see the red but it was an incredible HUGE moon and we just stood there watching it.
Many of you would have seen the blood moon that night. I just thought here we were on the cusp of an exciting new adventure and look at the moon!
The next morning we headed off to see the house. Dad had said to me how he hoped I would not be disappointed in it. As we drove over (it is about five minutes from Chloe's house) the sun was shining. The farm looked beautiful and green and lovely.
We took notice of everything and stopped and took photos at the front in the driveway.
The drive way is 800 meters long. A meter is close enough to a yard in my opinion lol to give you an idea.
This is tree lined and very pretty.
Stepping inside was an anxious moment! The first room was kind of a mud room come sun room. It was literally full of light and almost all windows. I love light! I love windows!
The view out the windows beyond the garden beds is this...
There are garden beds immediately around the house. They are well laid out but full of weeds until I make them over!
The outlook so pretty. And each room has huge windows and some rooms have windows on two sides. They are big wooden framed with thick old fashioned glass.
I was amazed. Things I always wanted were there, even things I had forgotten to ask for.
The floors are wooden floorboards and a nice pale colour as if I ordered those.
There are two big fireplaces.
The kitchen! It has vintage farmhouse cupboards. They go all the way to the ceiling. I LOVE them. Someone said I would pull out the old kitchen. No way! This is so country, farmhouse and gorgeous and I love them! Even the stove is vintage farmhouse... and it works like a dream so that is staying too...
It is a St. George Supermatic. I googled and I can still download the whole manual! Even spare parts if I need anything.
Then there is a walk in pantry! Beautiful wooden shelves with a window at the end. It is gorgeous. I have always wanted a walk in pantry!
There are built in cupboards in each room and enough rooms that Andy can have an office and I can have a craft room.
I could just keep going but you get the idea. It is so wonderful.
Then there are funny and amazing things... for instance in the shed there was a big old bird cage. A kind of Australiana corrugated iron homemade cage which is probably three times the size of the cage our rescue bird Ricky currently has. So he too has a farmhouse.
I have always loved and keep chickens. My Nanna B was like this too. She adored chickens and lemon trees! And sure enough... out the back of the house is a huge chicken pen. It even has plumbing! Plumbing!
I can't show photos of inside just yet as the people moving out still had things there. I cannot be publishing pictures of other peoples things. But soon I can show before, during and after photos!
We had two visits and three if you count also walking around the garden and area. I knew it is all a miracle and as we drove out of the driveway to go back to Chloe's there was a rainbow over the paddocks. I asked Andy to stop so I could take a photo as I felt the same as when I saw the full moon... how amazing! And as I stood there a second rainbow appeared making it a double!
I was just amazed. You couldn't make this stuff up! Then my phone rang! Chloe was saying "Mum, Mum do you see the rainbow!?"
Dad told me he had three goals for this year, his 81st. One of them was that I would come back to the farm. So he smashed that one out of the ball park!
When we got home I rang Dad to tell him how I love it. He sounded so delighted! I said the kitchen is beautiful! I love the stove! He just laughed and sounded happy.
Life has come full circle for me. When I was in high school my dream was to do up an old cottage on the farm. I had a friend who lived nearby that was older than me. She was married with two little girls. Her name was Linda. She was a stay at home Mum and knitted, gardened and I just loved her!
In school we were meant to choose a career. I could never admit what I really wanted to do was live in the country and hopefully get married and have babies. I thought I could craft and garden, be self sufficient and sell things and barter. Ok there were holes in my plans and small details to overcome like the cottage was falling over! But this was my dream and plan and Linda would be my neighbour.
One night Linda had served dinner and was clearing the table. She fell to the floor dead. On her 28th birthday.
This pretty much decimated several years for me. I became sick with glandular fever, missed a term of school, took time off to help with her crying children... gave up my plan and my cottage...
The last time I saw her I was at her house. We were looking out the window at a view like the one above. She had been to the city to her uncles funeral. She said to me how people make a huge fuss when someone dies but then they are forgotten so quickly.
This was the last thing we really talked about. Then weeks later she was gone.
She had once told me how she just loved the name Lucy but her husband didn't like it so she had two daughters with other names. This is how I came to name Lucy.
Many many years later I saw her husband. I told him how I had named my daughter Lucy for Linda. I said I think of her every day. And he replied "really, I never think of her."
And so her words came back to me. I often tell her Linda I have not forgotten you! She had a big impact on me!
And now here I am... this house would be maybe ten kilometres from that cottage and where Linda lived. It just took thirty more years for it to happen!
And this house is amazing with a kitchen I think is a dream. Now some people would say it is an old kitchen but not me. I say it is a vintage kitchen and gorgeous!
There are sheds and other buildings there which Andy loves too so he can have his tools and a workshop. There is even an old shed with a big stone fireplace!
I am so excited and know we have a lot of work to do. We are getting our city house ready to sell. Over the next month we will move and sell up here.
I am working on Bluebirds Farmhouse blog and I will keep The Bluebirds are Nesting going for all the preparedness, slow cooking and homemaking that we all built up there.
I have some replies to catch up on and will post updates and Feather your Nest Fridays at least usually!
As we missed Friday's post... how have you been building up your home, saving and getting ahead? Did you add to your pantry?
We are not changing direction here. My blog has always been about being a Proverbs 31 woman. The importance of homemaking. Encouragement that there is a bigger picture and your work looking after your children is a high calling. To make hay while the sun shines and to live fully in the season of life you are currently in. We can have it all but not all at once!
Furthermore to be prudent, watchful, diligent and to live in a provident way. Pat said this, about provident living... and she is a great example. To take every opportunity and everything we are blessed with and make something of it. When you have a good season fill your pantry as bad seasons also come!
My country farm house will enable me to have more chickens, plant fruit trees, have a pumpkin patch, a big veggie garden. So we are taking the opportunity!
Have a great new week!