I have a date.
No, a date for signing the initial agreement for my land. Not a date date, though that would be good too.
On the 26th february I shall visit the notaires office, pay a deposit and sign the agreement to buy. The discussions with the neighbouring farmer have been formalised and are now legally binding, the owners are still keen to sell and the date is getting closer. I am so excited.
I’m not entirely sure which way to turn or what to do first/next or in what order or when. So I started with a list, this is now a list of lists and is gaining some semblance of order. I’m not concerned yet about how it will pan out, I am trying to get as many thoughts down on paper as I can, so that as my thoughts evolve the order can be changed and things added and moved as a timescale becomes apparent.
Thankfully I’m being kept busy with the move, otherwise time could be passing rather slowly. I’m learning plenty there too, namely, to throw unnecessary things away, declutter and keep life simple. Their collection of belongings is an enormous gathering from previous houses and marriages. Things that have been packed away in the rush of moving last time and never since sorted, they move again with the same promise and join more belongings from parents and items, the story goes on. Plan ahead so things don’t need moved several times, pack non essentials well in advance to lessen stress in the weeks before moving and remember that everything takes longer than expected.
I get to escape to the garden too, preparing the veggie plot, pruning and tidying and planting the seemingly never ending trickle of plants that keep arriving. I’ll be back when the time is right later on for a few cuttings and divisions when they have had time to grow.
My latest reading is a book on Permaculture gardening, the subject is fascinating and turns on it’s head much of the theories that I learned back at horticultural college all those years ago. I’m not sure that I’ll be following every morsel of advice, but know for sure that things’ll be done differently than before once I get going. When I put learning into practice, I’ll be letting you know. For the moment all that is growing is my beard.