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.
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.
And 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.
And one more Christmas.
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).
In March, we will return and get Brookwood Shire ready to sell…tidy a few things….and see the gardens return…
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?!