Big move to the country

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Blog entry by daltxguy posted 07-28-2009 12:21 PM 4426 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know people move every day but I don’t suppose it is everyday that people move out of the city and back to the country. Well, maybe there are plenty of people who do that as well but for me it’s not even ‘back to the country’, rather to the country for the first time, ever.

It’s the culmination of many years of dreaming and scheming. Some 30 years ago I heard myself say that I wanted to buy and live on 200 acres of forest. I can’t remember where I got the idea from, or why it had to be 200 acres.

Several years ago, I did finally buy a forest, 250 acres in fact. Buying a forest which is situated 300km ( 180miles) from you is still not the same as living there. I could visit it, wonder at my trees, the expanse of 250 acres ( we still haven’t been to every corner) and then I just dreamed about the day I could live on it. Then a few years ago, we bought a house in the town closest to the forest, about 12km ( 8 miles) away. In fact it’s the closest town for 150km ( 90 miles). The plan was to sell the house in the city, pay off all the mortgages and then live in this house and then plan the new house and business we want to create in and from the forest.

Putting the house on the market, quitting our jobs, nothing seems to make the plan more real than moving day. The day you no longer own the previous house, you have no job to go to the next day ( though in fact I did manage to make a last minute arrangement to work remotely for a period of time) and the day when you have to pack up the shop and the lumber and get the heck out.

And then suddenly you are in the country and the city you left is now 4 hours drive away over the mountain pass and cows and sheep are your neighbors. Grocery shopping is 1 1/2 hours away and you have to take all of your trash to the dump yourself. The only form of heating is the log stove (it’s winter here) and your daily ritual changes from a commute through traffic to lighting fires in the morning and baking bread.

Even worse, you have to set up your shop again.

This is the old shop, the cleanest it’s ever been!

And the new shop still waiting to be arranged.

And where did I get all that wood from? So much I had to buy this 1981 Toyota Dyna(saur) to haul it all away.

But the scenery is beautiful and the dream is so much closer now.

This is a partial shot of our forest against the backdrop of the ‘Old man on the mountain’. That’s the forest shrouded in the mist.

And of course, before we left Christchurch, we had to leave a tree legacy and we planted a pinus radiata in the forest park next to our house.


-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 12:32 PM

good luck and nice touch with the tree (but why Radiata? to make up for all those crates? :-) )

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 12:40 PM

welcome home !
sure looks like a nice place to live .
take your time ,
you got the rest of your life .
your new neighbors look just like mine !

now for a straw hat .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 12:43 PM

Wish you good luck and brighter future in new home, new enviroment & new country!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 12:46 PM

Moshe, the radiata was actually a wilding frpm Bottle Lake I plucked out of the ground when it was about 20cm tall and I brought it home as our christmas tree one year. It’s really a bonsai radiata at this point, since it is about 3 years old but about 1/3 of the height it should be at that age.

Some day, it will make some nice crates…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 12:57 PM

David, you got it all wrong again. now its the time for fur hats here….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 07-28-2009 01:07 PM

Hey, you’re gonna love it. I know you live in New Zealand but it looks a lot like many places in the US. I live in a fairly rural place in Southern Maine. Our nearby larger town is closer though. We’ve heated with wood and now pellet stoves are all the rage. The walls are 6” thick or more with insulation. The summers are wonderfully green and the winters brutally beautiful. The year changes from snow up to my waist to disney like springs, to 80 degree lush green summers, to colorful autumns and back to snow again. You anticipate each change as you wait for the previous to wear itself out. Since it’s your dream, you’re obviously up to the challenge. Good luck with it and keep us posted on that shop build!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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F Dudak

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#7 posted 07-28-2009 02:34 PM

The place looks like a dream come true! Good luck with your new venture.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#8 posted 07-28-2009 03:01 PM

That looks like beautiful country. Wish you the best and enjoy your new home.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#9 posted 07-28-2009 03:16 PM

gosh moshel ,
you must have been talking to my ex’s ,
you all seem to agree that i am wrong !
it gets to -10 deg. here sometimes too ,
right now its up to 100 deg. outside !
dont you guys have any of those
” lord of the ring’s ”
party hats ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 07-28-2009 03:33 PM

Wow, nothing like followng your dream! Just glad it included an internet connection :). Hope that your like in the woods is everything you ever hoped for!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#11 posted 07-28-2009 04:00 PM

A man and his family living their dream… could life be any better…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 07-28-2009 08:38 PM

Best of luck to you as you live out your dream, and mine too.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#13 posted 07-28-2009 10:13 PM

Thanks for all the well wishes.

Yes, we do have internet connection here ‘in town’. Down the road a ways, it’s another story. We don’t even get cell phone reception. But being in the telecom business, I have some sneaky plans to get wifi down the valley…and that may be part of the business venture as there are several people along the way who would also be interested. Right now the only option is satellite.

David, a straw hat to follow. This time of year, it’s mainly rubber boots and a raincoat. We get 6ft rain/year and a lot of it is in the winter and spring. At elevation it falls as snow but rarely in the valley. Last year, we did have a dumping mid-August, which became the source for most of the firewood for this year. All of the native trees are evergreen and they don’t do well with lots of snow on the branches and wet feet at the same time.

No LOTR hats yet but I may be growing a Gandalf beard.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Craig Ambrose

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#14 posted 07-29-2009 12:01 AM

Congratulations on finally making the big move Steve. I’ve just made my own move from Auckland down to Motueka this month (and had to set up my shot again too), so now you’re just down the street. You’ll have to let me know when you’ve go some sustainably logged timber for sale, I’d love to take some of it for a spin.


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#15 posted 07-29-2009 12:06 AM

Wow looks just like my home area here in scotland.well done have fun and try to relax now you have the country on your side.I live in the country and by the sea all at the same time so I am lucky too.Alistair ps good luck with the new shop

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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