Dreaming....

So after the initial shock of the offer for our shop as we were about to take it off the market has worn off we have had some time to come together, talk, and process the situation.  We have been crunching numbers, discussing finances and all the practicalities.  

We have put in a counter offer and we will work from there.

And then, as Grant and I do best, we have been dreaming.  Sometimes I wonder how we can possibly have a child like William who is such a dreamer but then I only have to look at Grant to realize the apple doesn't fall from the tree! 

Our dreams are far and wide - I guess the key to having a crazy adventure is being open minded, yes?

 This place is really cool, I LOVE old Queenslanders, and we love to put our stamp on a place.  The polo field would have to go, its an hour away from a huge center which is awesome for a farm stay thing which is something Grant and I have talked about.  Grant has not had a huge amount of experience with cattle, though he has had a little.  Most off his experience has been with pigs, sheep and chickens. 
Queeensland property


Grant likes this place as it has a water license...That house looks like an old tin hotbox to me......I'm not so keen....
 Tin hotbox


This place is interesting, just out of Taree which is a nice town.
NSW


This place is interesting, though perhaps of a bit of a tourist property.....Though it has land which is cool.
Cold NSW

xx

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  1. that's a pretty big place, nice though, a lot of work to done there before you even get there, as i see it needs restumping but there's loads of potential.
    good luck
    have a great weekend

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    1. One day I will have to dig up the pictures of our 150yr old stone cottage before we started fixing it - it sent our families and friends white with horror!! There was salt damp, a wall had dropped and you could see outside, (engineers checked it was ok, Grant made bracing to support it) there was holes in the roof, rotten plaster, iron missing, smashed windows, it was truly terrible! Like something off of TV in a horror renovations show. The old claw bath was in the paddock as an animal trough, we dragged it in, I scrubbed it up, propped it up with a brick as it was missing a claw and Grant plumbed it in. A coat of paint on the outside and it was fine. We fully intended to restore it but then the flood happened before we got to renovating the bathroom. We had made it sealed, clean and tidy but that was it. But bit by bit we treated the old house with love and mended it. By the end it was a lovely, clean, warm family home filled with character. She fought back though, every step presented us with a new problem or five, as old buildings tend too! Gosh it was fun, and rewarding. We made some amazing memories there.

      xx

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  2. Gladstone is hot and humid in the summer. Heat is not so bad but humidity is draining physically and emotionally. We are several hours south on the Fraser Coast and it gets hit and humid here. Saying this so you can factor the idea if extreme humidity into your dreaming and choices.

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    1. Yes, it is hard to work physically in the humidity. Its not something we have often here, We might have to go for a holiday to find out what its like if we fall in love with a property in an area like that. Its so beautiful and green though! Its a different world then the dry semi-arid area I grew up in. I imagine it would be noisy with wildlife and insects. :)

      xx

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  3. Yes it is very hot and humid up there, Emma. Now if you moved further south to the Darling Downs ....well then...you would be in Paradise :-)

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    1. I will have to add it to our search list Chel!

      xx

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  4. The place at Caffery's Flat IS interesting, and you know why Taree is such a nice place...cos that's where I live! LOL
    Caffery's Flat is about 30-45mins from Taree, and about 15-20mins from Wingham. Wingham is a beautiful little country town, wide streets, old houses, just lovely really. If you want any local info, just let me know.
    Hope it all goes well. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!
    Cassandra (DTE forums)

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    1. Oh good! I will have to pick your brains if we ever get past the point of dreaming with this process! ie is the shop actually sells. ;)

      We often come back to this general region. There is some big towns with good facilities about the place, but local knowledge about schools would be AMAZING. If the business actually sells we would intend to short list a bunch of places and then go on a road trip and research it all thoroughly.

      Schooling is my biggest concern. Odds on we will not be able to afford private school which we are now....We have discussed home schooling for a little while in the beginning as we find our feet.

      xx

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  5. Old Queenslanders are great. I should know, I am one! Many people do find it hard adjusting to the sub-tropical heat, but for other people it is not a problem. Good luck with the search.

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    1. hahahaha!

      Yep I reckon it would require a good holiday before moving that far up! Im not sure how we would cope. :)

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  6. It all sound like a great new adventure! You never know how it will turn out and that is part of the fun isn't it?
    They all look full of possibilities. I will say that you should really try out humid places first before deciding. If possible for several days during high humidity so you can really decide if it is for you. It is harder to work in humidity, things take forever to dry, feels different just to breathe, mold, air conditioning, BUT things grow! FAST.
    Fun times ahead for your family!!

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  7. I completely agree.

    If by some miracle this all falls into place, we will be spending a lot of time on the road researching, traveling and getting to know where ever we buy. It would be a huge move for us so one we would want to have an understanding and experience of where we are going before we got there.

    Grant is already pulling apart the old van and stripping out the damaged timber! LOL! cant keep that man still if I tried!

    xx

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