We had built a shed for a tractor and other farm equipment, and eventually we decided to wall the shed in and live in it before we built our house.
We raised calves, we had chickens.
I bred rabbits and ducks.
There were some sheep for a while and consequently, really cute lambs. The vege garden went through stages of awesomeness and neglectedness. We planted about a billion trees. The kids grew.
And then we decided to move onto a boat! A bit of a radical lifestyle change but right for us at the time.
Well, we've now lived aboard for almost two years. Originally I said I'd give it a year to see if I liked it. I do, and so we are staying put. Now that we've decided that, we've also decided to sell our piece of land. We want to close that chapter, free ourselves up a bit financially, and consolidate our lives here on the boat.
There are so many things I'll miss. The beautiful views, the woodburner, my studio and laundry bench, free-range eggs. But there are things that I won't miss - the long drive to get the kids to school, battling the weeds, mud in winter, escapee animals.
It feels like the right thing to do.
So, um, if anyone wants to buy a lifestyle block in central Bay of Islands, New Zealand, drop me an email, I can hook you up!