Ah well, to talk of more pleasant things. You recall I said that RMan and I had made a momentous decision. Well, that decision has been taken a step further, and that has caused us to proceed with a major spring clean (in winter LOL) / decluttering of our home. It is seriously scary how much clutter one can accumulate in the back of cupboards. And how dirty areas, which are out of view, become.
For instance - as helpful as they are when the weather is stinking hot, ceiling fans are a bloody nuisance when it comes to clambering up on kitchen counters / dining room chairs to clean them. Yes, there is immense satisfaction when the job is done, but brother - what a hassle! And who on earth would even think about putting a white ceiling fan in the kitchen. Muggings me LOL
It's the same with counter top stoves. Even though I don't use ours anymore, have you ever lifted the hob to see what gathers around the edge of the counter - absolutely revolting - and not something that I would care to leave for anyone else to clean.
Now, why would I need to worry about that - well, we have decided to sell our home of 21 years, and find something closer to the farm, but still in the Cape Town area.
Why not just move to the farm, I can hear you thinking LOL? Well, we still need to be here for our business - this past year-and-a-half of recession has delayed our plans to move. And we are aware that the recession is still not over...
So, and this will make no sense to read initially, but we are looking to move to Gordon's Bay which is 87 kms (54 miles) closer to the farm. We currently live in Hout Bay which is approximately 257 kms (160 miles) from the farm. That 87 kms takes us, on average, 1 - 1½ hours with the city traffic. The balance of 170 kms (106 miles) from Gordon's Bay to the farm is on a national road and also takes us 1½ hours - therefore with this move we will be able to go to the farm every weekend - far quicker and much cheaper (in fuel and vehicle wear-and-tear) than it is currently costing us, allowing us to leave on Friday evening and be back for work on Monday morning... LOL.
Better all round for the planet too - less travelling = less pollution in the air.
A map of the Western Cape, below, shows what I am trying to explain:
|1 = Hout Bay - where we currently are|
2 = Gordon's Bay - where we hope to find a new house
3 = approximate location of the farm
I wish it was a move directly to the farm, but unfortunately that is not feasible at the moment. So this is definitely a step in the right direction - with or without the pun.
So, spring cleaning in winter and decluttering is all in preparation of opening our home for public viewing - not the nicest thing to have to experience, but if it's a means to an end - then it is going to be worth it.
And we will still have the new house which we can sub-let in order to get a bit of extra income once we are living on the farm. And which we can sell if, and when, we are too old to take care of ourselves on the farm, and / or need to move to a retirement village.
The farm - we can't decide on a name for it - so "the farm" it is for now. Anyone got any idea's?