catch the wind in donovan

IMG_1.jpgIMG_2.jpgIMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpgIMG_7.jpgIMG_8.jpg IMG_3.jpgIMG_9.jpgAlright, folks. This will be my last post in my house hunting series. As I mentioned last week, we recently put our house on the market. So much has happened in the last two weeks alone, but you will have to wait a few more days until I divulge what exactly that entails. Until then, here is the last home that we looked at. It was an acreage located in Donovan, SK. 

So why didn’t we buy this one? Well, it was 30 minutes from the city, almost half of which was on a poor highway. While it was classified as an acreage, it was actually less than 1 acre and was located in a small town. Everything in the house needed to be updated, and it was probably about $50,000 overpriced. It just wasn’t for us. However, there were two good outcomes with seeing this property. One was that we would never have discovered the auction that was happening in a small nearby town. The other was that it was our first time seriously considering living south of the city. This latter point relates directly to my future announcement. Stay tuned, friends!

Emory

a peek inside little green

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.01.05 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.01.37 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.01.54 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.02.22 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.03.16 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.03.44 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.04.35 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.04.58 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.05.41 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.06.02 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.06.40 AMHey guys, we finally did it! Our home, Little Green, is officially on the market! I sort of thought that this day would never come, only because we were so close to listing it before and I completely backed out. The truth is that about two months ago, we had put an offer on an acreage. My husband absolutely loved it, and it checked all of our boxes for what our dream home must have. However, I did not share my husband’s enthusiasm. Knowing that Little Green was going to someone else, while I preferred it over the acreage that we were bidding on, almost destroyed me. Suffice it to say that it didn’t end up being listed because we didn’t get the house in the end. 

I have some real estate news that I am keeping a secret from you. I have one more acreage post to show you, before I publish the big reveal in our house hunting drama. It’s good news though, I promise. In the meantime, here is a more complete look at our home. Over the past year I have been showing you bits and pieces of Little Green. From our new bedroom, to our staircase, to our decor here and here, to my guest post on Hello, Mr. Rabbit. The latter was a complete house tour, but since then, I have changed the look of our home. Does anyone else get restless and move furniture around every few weeks or months like I do? Anyway, here is the most updated view of Little Green. I hope that you enjoy this glance, and stay tuned for my announcement!

Emory 

winter turns into spring, and the hunt continues

photo 1.jpg photo 2.jpgphoto 3.jpg photo 4.jpgphoto 7.jpg photo 8.jpgphoto 5.jpg photo 6.jpgphoto 9.jpg photo 11.jpgWelcome to month number five of our hunt for an acreage! While this has been a long and sometimes draining search, I feel as if it is soon coming to an end. In a good way, of course. Last month, during Easter long weekend, we looked at a property that was located 30 minutes north of our city. The drive was beautiful, and pulling up to the lonely acreage on a grey day felt like we were in a scene from Beetlejuice. Does the house remind you of that as well? I love/loved it!

When I entered the home I felt as if I didn’t want to leave. I had a sudden urge to quit my job at the library and to stay there and bake pies and can preserves. I do not do those things now, but the home made me feel like a prairie housewife. Our realtor even took a seat in the rocking chair that was next to the propane stove and said he felt like staying there and reading a book. The property was cozy, homey, and had special powers over all of us. To make it more in our favour, we had brought our two little dogs and they ran around and around the yard. They seemed so happy, which made me ecstatic.

While it felt so great to be there, the drive was much too long. This is why it is taking us so long to find our perfect property. It always seems to be something. Like I said, we will keep on keepin’ on, because I know our next home is just around the corner. Sooner or later, I will have some exciting news to reveal to you all. <3 

Emory

meet you in meacham

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgThe spring edition of Kinfolk was dedicated wholly to the idea of home. Volume Eleven explored everything from living as one, to living in a full house, to being homeless, to being a wanderer, to furniture design, to home tours. One small section of the magazine explored four children’s ideas of their dream home. Each child described what their house would look like in one paragraph, which it was then built for them out of cardboard. I thought that this was such a beautiful and simple idea, yet one that was deep rooted with my own search for a new home. I was somewhat envious of the naivety of the children, yet found their imaginations to be extremely beautiful. I think the whole appeal of the article was geared towards the little kid in all of us.

The photo below is what my twelve-year-old self painted in my very first oil painting class. I stumbled across it very recently and very much by accident. Only after reading Kinfolk did I put two and two together and realize that I was doing exactly what the article was also exploring. I find it amazing that I had some sort of idea of my dream home before I was even old enough to consider owning any property.

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Having already seen countless acreages, Geoffrey and I have turned our search to include homes on large lots situated in small towns outside of our current city. One particular home was located in the village of Meacham, Saskatchewan. With less than 100 people inhabiting the small town, to say that it looked and felt different from our current city of over 300,000 would be an understatement. However, that is what I find so tempting. As I grow older and am becoming more self aware, I notice that I seem to feel more at home in smaller towns that offer next to no amenities. I love the idea of living in a Tiny House, off the grid, in the middle of the prairies, and with a few acres for our animals. I would like to be young and mortgage-free, and to grow our own food and raise chickens, of all things. I want to live quietly with my small family amongst nature. I want to accomplish these dreams sooner rather than later.

Emory

The Flower Cottage
“I’d like to live in a normal little cottage with flowers on the roof. I’d invite my friends over all the time to make daisy chains and play I Spy. It would also have a nice kitchen. My favourite thing to bake is cookies and my oven would so big that I could make hundreds and share them all.”
– Willow, Age 6, Kinfolk

in search of our dream home

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgIMG_11.jpg IMG_12.jpgIMG_13.jpg IMG_14.jpgIMG_15.jpg IMG_16.jpgIMG_17.jpgOur search for an acreage is now in it’s third month. I gave first mention of our house hunting plans in this post here. What I have learned so far is that acreages are tricky. One may have a beautiful surrounding but a house that you could never dream of inhabiting, while the other may have the most gorgeous house sitting on a piece of land that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. Price is another issue in upon itself. The more space an acreage has, and the closer it is to a major city, the more expensive that property will be. Given the fact that my husband and I are trying to live mortgage-free either with this purchase of an acreage or sometime in the near future, our selection of properties has taken us to more than 30 minutes away from the edge of the city. In a province where half of the year the highways are covered in blowing snow and ice, this is not an ideal situation. 

The little grey acreage that I first showed had a recently redone home. It was stunning. However, it sat on 4 acres of bare land. There were no trees, grass, or a any fence in site. What was in site were your neighbours on either side of you. These photographs today are of another listing that we looked at. As soon as I saw it I immediately fell in love with the land. The house sat on top of a hill, which is rare for our flat, prairie province. Within the 10 acres were a handful of sheds and shops, a 800 square foot barn, fenced land, and a huge pond at the bottom of the hill. It looked like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. The inside of the house, however, looked like a Norman Bates setting. The house would inevitably have to be torn down and a new one built in its place. Yet, with its well water, oil heating, and being situated 35 minutes from the city, it would never become our dream property.

In the end, we will not be deterred. We will just have to keep on looking.

Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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