Friday, March 6, 2009

WE BOUGHT THE FARM! Hurrahs and celebrations--then, bring in moving trucks!


It's been a long, crazy time of it, but at last the sale has closed and Haiku Farm is ours!

I've been a nervous wreck for so long, it's hard to believe we actually can start moving.

This message is a repeat of info I sent by email to most of the civilized world, but it's got the FAQs for the next few days on it. I hope to add photos tomorrow!

When?
We'll pick up the key to the house tomorrow morning. We washed out the horse trailer this evening so it will be pressed into service tomorrow to move boxes and furniture. This is also the time in our lives where we remember why we BOTH drive pickup trucks.

We hope to be sleeping in the new house on Sunday night, but we'll pretty much play it by ear.

Did we get a good interest rate?
Yes, we did. We paid full asking price for the place, because it was already priced below market value ("new market value", not "market value last summer" price). The sellers paid most of the closing costs, and we were able to buy down the interest to 5.5%. Not quite as low as prices available last January, but still pretty dang low.

Is there a barn?
Nope, we still gotta build that. Fences too. This is the time where, if you've ever had a hankering to lend a hand, we'd love your help...or heck, just stand around and tell us amusing stories while we pound fence posts.

Fellas who like to show off their skills with power tools, I am prepared to admire your skills.

Folks with heaps of t-posts and bent-but-usable gates and other fence parts buried under that blackberry bush behind the barn, please call me and I will take that stuff off your hands (and even destroy some blackberry brambles for you in the process). Sky Evans has designed a lovely build-as-we-can-afford it barn for us...pictures are on the blog!

Doesn't it rain/flood/snow a lot in Arlington?
Sometimes. the polar bear population is still pretty minimal, though. During the big snowstorm in December 2008, the new place had about an inch more snow in the fields than our house in town...and the road got cleared a lot faster. The property itself is on high ground and not in a flood zone, but the main access bridge does close in high water. There's a "back way" around, which is a pain, but do-able.

Can I come visit?
Absolutely! We hope to have an RV station installed eventually; there is already a flat place to park trailers and/or campers and we can run electricity and water out to our friends with homes-on-wheels. We'll also set up the most comfortable futon in the world in a spare room for visitors who don't bring a house with them.

When will the horses move to the new place?
It depends on a lot of factors, including the weather, but we're hoping to bring them home at the beginning of May.

Thank you to everyone who helped us through the process with words of encouragement and fingercrossingcandleprayers. We hope to host a party this summer so y'all can come and spend a day on the farm with us.

For now, it's time for bed: we've got a big weekend planned!

2 comments:

  1. i'm so happy for you! thinking of you a lot this week! we'd love to visit this summer. we can exchange new farm ideas and tips.

    ~lytha

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  2. Yes absolutely, we'll plan some farm tour/farm gossip time with you and your man when you come visit this summer.

    Alas, my days of travelling to Germany are far in the future now...I'll be lucky if I can get to Trout Lake this season!

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