We lived in a sought after neighborhood and we had reno'd the house from literally the roof to not just the basement, but below the basement (we replaced all the sewer and water lines coming into the house). It might not have been perfect, but whoever bought the place was getting a pretty good place. Basically the only things left untouched in the house was... ummm.... nope I really do think we changed everything. So we decided to sell the place ourselves with no real estate agent.
It was an experience. It wasn't the worst thing I've ever been through by a long shot, but it was hard work. We had two young children and we had to make sure people knew we were selling. We had open houses and we showed the house by appointment. I had the house looking perfect. No clutter, flowers in the rooms, everything neat and tidy.
We had a month and a half to sell and that included Christmas. I was motivated and we did it. Two days after the closing of our new home came the closing of our old home. It wasn't easy and it was a tense negotiation. I think we got what our home was worth. They got a home that was ready to move in.
Speaking of moving, we had tons of help that day and it meant the world to us to have so many people helping, having said that, I've moved with movers and I've moved myself, moving with movers is soooooooooooooo much better.
Not just a little, but a tonne better, but we got it done and we were in our new home. What can I say, I loved it. The kids loved it and I think the dog loved it the most. It was a winter wonderland. I've lived in Nova Scotia almost my whole life, but always on the coast and even when I lived out west we lived on the coast, so when we experienced our first winter here it was an eye opener.
It snows here almost everyday. A dusting, a dollop or a huge dump, but it's all snow. Not something I knew before we bought the place. In fact if you travel a mere 5 minutes up the road there is a line. On one side of the line there is way more snow then the other. I tell people this and they don't believe me, but ask anyone who lives here and they will back me up.
I thought that winter was a hard one. (story for another time, but that winter was a cake walk) Still it didn't last forever and when spring rolled around it was time to start the garden. That might have been the hardest thing I've ever done. This wasn't a farm or even a property with a huge garden (well it was but that garden was filled with flowers and over our septic tank) so we had to start from scratch. I mean we had to lift up huge amounts of sod.
Like everything we do in life, research only gets you a part of the way, getting down and doing it, getting the experience gets you the rest.
If I could do it again, things would be different. We started taking up sod. Ever do that? By hand? Yeah that didn't last, we rented a sod cutter. Which still wasn't easy, but much faster than using a shovel. We should have parted with the money and got a back hoe in, but it got done and we had our first garden that first year.
Growing veggies can be a heart ache. What grows amazing one year may not grow at all the next. Our cucumbers were eaten before they even flowered. Something ate all our grapes. We had amazing lettuce but it was filled with earwigs and our beans were eaten by grubs. Some of these we solved and some we didn't.
We were determined to grow our veggies with no pesticides and so far we've met that goal. Next time I am going to do a mostly pictorial look at our beautiful property and the things we grow. If you have any questions on what we grow or how please don't hesitate to ask.