It's unbelievable! It's incredible! It's amazing!
You all know that DD and WGuy were looking for some land to buy, for the purpose of simplifying their lives, becoming self-sustainable and reducing their ecological impact on this planet.
Well, they found something they liked, they submitted their offer, and it was accepted yesterday morning. I'm going to give you two guesses where that land is...
|Our plot is # 527, their plot is # 512 :)|
How absolutely outstanding is that!
There are 60-odd olive trees already on the plot and there is also a small wooden hut / cabin, as well as a separate bathroom / storeroom hut, which houses a shower and composting loo. They are both sturdy and well built, and will provide them the necessary temporary protection from the elements. The owner of the plot had erected the only wind turbine in our area, but it is faulty and has been returned to the suppliers. However, he is prepared to include all the equipment (charge controller, inverter, batteries, wiring) which is already installed, and WGuy is going to try and utilize it for some solar power, power LOL
They will initially use the small existing cabin, and our caravan whilst they build their new home. They would like to erect a more permanent wooden home - on stilts - similar to this style. The wood used in the buildings is Pinus Radiata and it is grown just down the coast in Knysna - so it's transport footprint is minimal. Apparently, you can purchase this home in kit form and WGuy is then going to erect it.
They are determined to remain off grid, utilize their grey water, install plenty of rain water storage tanks and grow their own veggies - amongst other things :)
There is even the option of two local schools for MKid to attend - the closer one will entail his mastering the Afrikaans language (in anticipation of their move, and the school language restrictions in the area, he's already been taking extra lessons, and kids don't normally find language a problem, so I'm confident that he is smart enough to overcome this hurdle). Alternatively, there is a small private school 24-odd kms away - a bit of driving schlep, not to mention expense. Let's just wait and see what happens :)
Oh, boy! - I'm completely blown away! In fact, I'm completely speechless and unable to put into words the myriad of emotions which are flashing, at breakneck speed, though my brain. Suffice it to say, I'm wildly excited for them :) And I will be there for any advice, assistance, physical labour and anything else that they may require. Oh, boy!