Our old lady was passed to us in September 2014. Derelict, unloved and empty for years, she had seen a lot in her 70 odd years and needed to be rescued.
We have spent the last 6 years lovingly restoring her, creating a warm, cosy family home. We love her, and the experience and knowledge she has given us throughout our journey.
Over the years we have discussed when the time would come that we would pass her onto someone else and how hard we would find that. Would they love her like we have? Would they love her quirks, aged beauty and unique style? Would they appreciate and understand the need to preserve our young country’s housing history instead of bowling them over?
We did not think it would be possible to have a fitting ending to our time with our old lady. Surely there could be no conclusion to the story that could pay homage to the time, love, sweat, blood, laughs, tears and heart we have invested in her.
But then there was.
We knew the time had come to move on and we had been actively keeping an eye out for our forever home located in a very specific, small pocket with a fair few ‘must haves’.
We found a beauty that we did not think could possibly ever be ours, she ticked all the boxes and more and most importantly, she felt like home the moment we walked in the door. A plethora of groups at the home open made us shrug our shoulders and say, its worth a shot but we are subject to sale, we will be beaten by a higher, clean offer. Upon chatting to the real estate agent we explained our situation and he asked us where and what we were selling, to which he responded, this is exactly what the seller is looking for.
I said, “Could it be?!”
He said, “Could it?!”
And it could.
After viewing our old lady, our new homes current owner accepted our offer and subsequently placed an offer on ours. Thus the great house swap of 2020 (and probably ever) was signed and sealed.
A very spiritual human, I feel the moments leading up to this, for both parties, were quite simply, all part of the plan.
As the final chapter begins I would like to take you on a walk down memory lane. It’s worth the time, come inside with us…
And now for the ‘blooper’ reel.
The Final Chapter
As we say goodbye to our little lady, we look back and know 3 things.
We had no idea what we were in for.
We wouldn’t change any of it.
We are incredibly proud of us.
To Iona, the lovely Scottish lady we are handing her over to, we know you will love her and, in turn, we will love the home you raised your family in.