A Change of Plans

Things have been pretty crazy here at Brookwood Shire for the past few weeks.  As many of you know, we are planning to move to Ireland..a longtime dream. 

IMG_0797We have rented a cottage in Leitrim. We spent some time there in July and love it.  We are eager to return.

So we decided it was time to sell Brookwood Shire.  Time to move on.  But we will not sell Brookwood Shire to just anyone.  We are looking for the right person..someone who will appreciate the sanctuary we have created and continue the work.  We thought we had found someone.  A friend of a friend who loved Brookwood Shire the day I showed it to her.  She agreed to buy it in August.  But over the last few weeks it has become clear to us that she is not who we thought she was at all.  She could not quite commit to anything and had no real understanding of what living with Nature entailed.  She was not right for Brookwood Shire.   So we told her that the sale was off.  We will wait for the right person.

IMG_4224And it was such a relief!  Brookwood Shire feels like home again.  We have been so busy trying to sort through all the things we cannot bring with us that life has been a blur.  We have been here almost 30 years and we have managed to accumulate a LOT of stuff!   It has been stressful.  We have felt too rushed.  As much as we want to go back to Ireland, we need time to transition…to say good bye.  And we need to know that Brookwood Shire is in good hands.

So it will take a bit longer than we thought.  We are loving the idea of slowing down the process.  Of having one more Fall here.

IMG_4742One last time to enjoy pumpkins and mums!

And one more Christmas.

IMG_4862Though sadly, Cluckinham Palace will be empty.  

img_5646Though I can visit my girls any time!

20130105-100845.jpgAnd Merlin can bask in the warmth of “his” wood stove for one more season.

We are hoping my wonderful friend, Joan, will housesit for us during January and February so we can return to Leitrim.  That would enable us to get internet and phones sorted there..get a car and make the cottage feel a bit more like home.  We could also avoid the worst of winter (which we will NOT miss).   

20130209-164957.jpgAs lovely as winter can be, I think I have had my fill.

In March, we will return and get Brookwood Shire ready to sell…tidy a few things….and see the gardens return…

20130428-203705.jpg…in their full glory.

Spring seems to be the best time to sell a house in New England.  So we are hoping the right person will come along.  

Ireland is not going anywhere. We remain thrilled that we have a home there waiting for us.  When we are ready.

It is a huge transition….but there is no rush….

We have two wonderful places to live.  How lucky are we?!



About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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6 Responses to A Change of Plans

  1. Anne Wilson says:

    Sorry to hear that your plans have been put on hold, but you must sell to the right person, they are out there somewhere.

    • patti says:

      I think we will. We wasted too much time with this woman. But in the end it feels better to do it all more slowly so it has worked out for the best. And we can still escape winter so it is all good.😊

  2. Michele says:

    Very lucky indeed, and so are we of Brookwood Drive who know and love you and are happy for your new adventure, but will surely mourn your leaving. We will cherish the extra time we have with you! Sure you don’t want to stick around for one more ” New England winter?” Don’t want to lose those shoveling skills! 😬

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