Nearly sold.

Hello there dear readers.

Well where to start......The shop is due to settle in two days, if everything goes well.  It was supposed to settle two weeks ago but there was a hiccup with the buyers bank.  Can you believe it?  I cannot quite believe it myself after owning the business for the last 7 years.  It has been a good business, our children have grown up behind the counter, chatting to customers and generally causing mild chaos amongst helping with small jobs here and there.

Angus turned 7 and we had a family birthday at home, a visit from friends and a trip to the zoo with our zoo passes.  Introducing the "LEGO head cake"

Angus is fully recovered from his nasty burst appendics and I am still recovering from my heart problems at the end of last year.  Though recovery has been slow and often frustrating I am slowly improving.  My energy is beginning to return bit by bit and I’m beginning to be able to manage more which is truly wonderful.  I’m far from my “normal” but life is getting easier again around here.

I would like to show you inspirational simple living photos.  I would.  But frankly our lives have been about paring back, sleep, and sanity.  Cooking good food when we can, and doing our best with basic thrown together meals when we need.  Seasons and all that.

Our family has certainly learnt to embrace “slow” these last few months!

The boys have turned into professional cubby house builders.

I have been so very tired, and have embraced my introverted side fully.  Simply managing the small day to day stuff has taken everything I have and often more.

We have been looking at properties recently, and researching various aspects of off-grid living and affordable building options so we are ready to move once the little old cottage is finished and on the market.  Things are going to be very tight if we are going to do it all in cash but hey ho, we are always up for a challenge!

I have been too tired to even get out in the garden much, so here is my newest collection.  Indoor plants!  

I’m not going to lie, I am certainly nervous about being unemployed.  Grant will have his trusty wood roach farm which he has been madly expanding in preparation to move and that little business is still going very well.  The roaches even got an air mist fan over the heat of summer to ensure they were at the ideal temperature!  Money is very easy to spend and hard to save, so deciding to live off savings while we finish renovating the house will mean we watching every penny closer then we have ever before.  But challenges are all part of what makes life interesting, yes?

Well my coffee mug is near empty so it’s time I toddled off and got started on my day.

Much love,
Emma
Xx

23 comments

  1. Emma, despite how it feels it seems like it is all coming together in good time. Being slow for all the good reasons you have listed is part of living simply, be happy that you are in a position to actually do so.

    Just let the process happen. I think about you all often and check back here at your blog regularly and I think you and Grant are achieving lots despite (or because of) the challenges.

    Well done I say!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I have slowly been catching up with my blogging friends worlds again.

      It feels surreal after all this time things are finally starting to happen!

      Xx

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  2. What a topsy turvy time you've had, Emma. I'm glad to read that you are improving, albeit slowly. When you feel even better, you'll be able to do more. It will be quite different when you have sold your shop but the beginning of a new adventure too. How lovely the boys are building cubbies with chairs and blankets. My son did that and seeing your photo reminded me of what good, simple fun it was. Much love to you. Meg Xx

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    1. Yes Meg, they love it!

      I cannot wait to see what the next season holds. I suspect it will be a mighty adventure!

      Xx

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  3. Good to hear from you, Emma. You sound like you are still recovering. Big hugs and take it easy and I hope you get back to normality soon.

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  4. Woohoo it's so good to see you back on here again dear Emma. Exciting and more challenging times ahead but I know you'll take it all in your inimitable stride. Fingers crossed for no further delays with the hand-over this time. Oh and that cubby!! Kids of all eras never really change do they?Sending you much love. XX

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    1. They love little places and hides holes! And I think I’m back for good this time! I am busy catching up with everyone’s blogs and so forth. Hope to come for a visit soon!

      Xxxx

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  5. So glad all is well in your world Emma. I have everything crossed for the sale to go ahead this week. Look after you so that you can look after those gorgeous boys of yours. I love the lego head cake.

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    1. Thank you Jane, all is looking good with the sale! Angus also loved the LEGO head cake. Lol

      Xx

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  6. I am so glad you posted. I had been checking your post daily for an update, and relieved your recovering (even if slowly). I send you light and healing, Emma.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much. It means a lot. I hope to get back to blogging more regularly now as we start on this new season togeather. I’m sure there will be lots to share!

      Xx

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  7. So good to read a new post from you and that you and Angus are both on the mend. Exciting times ahead!! Do you have a time frame for your big move? Looking forward to reading about the continuing adventure!

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    1. Not a specific time frame. The goal is to get the cottage finished ASAP and pop it straight on the market, once the cottage is on the market we can put an offer on a property subject to the sale. We certainly hope to be on a farm at the end of the year, but it will depend on how quickly the cottage takes to finish and then sell. We have our eye on a farm that’s just come on the market, so we will push hard.

      Xx

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  8. So good to see you back Emma, look after yourself as you go ahead with this next step of property purchase and house sale.
    Blanket cubbies and Lego, hours of good, simple, creative fun and no mess..win !
    Oh yes, as much as we hope for settlement to hasten, my take is 'it's not a done deal until the money is in your bank'.....waiting, waiting.
    Could Grant do some paid part time to get the new owners up and running properly?
    every little bit helps when you are renovating.

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    1. Yes, I agree, but it is all unconditional now and handover is at midnight tonight. Woo hoo!

      Grant is going to be helping the new owners with the mail a couple of mornings a week which will help with groceries etc. We have worked out a renovation budget fo the cottage and know how much it should take to finish off. We should be able to do it but still a little nerve wracking. But our cars are in good condition, and hopefully there wont be too many unexpected costs along the way. Lol.

      Xx

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  9. I have ben checking so often for updates and I am happy to see one tonight! I look forward to more posts! Katherine

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    1. Thankyou for sticking around and being so patient!

      I certainly look forward to writing more.

      xx

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  10. Hi Emma, Sorry to hear that you've been under the weather. Hope you are feeling stronger, and that things go smoothly with the sale.

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    1. Thankyou, slow and steady improvement health wise and all is well with the sale.

      xx

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  11. Emmy, I hope the sale went smoothly (that is one of the most stressful things to do!) and that from now on, you all have only the best of health!!! Andrea

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    1. Stressful it was, by golly! I'm actually depleted now, a little numb. But Good. :)

      xx

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  12. So pleased to see you are back blogging. I too have been checking often . Pleased to hear things have moved along with the sale and that you are improving health wise . Looking forward to reading your adventures in the future posts.

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