Leaving the Winter Sown gardens part 2
First, I would like to thank everyone for their great support. I have been lurking on GW for the last little while and not posting, but rest assured that I am still here and all of your comments of encouragement have been needed and welcomed. You are all such a great bunch of people!
We finally got an offer on the house yesterday. Not really a reasonable price in my eyes, but we made a counter offer and are awaiting the reply.
The offer was received when I was looking at a little house on 1/2 acre overlooking Terence Bay. It is a foreclosure which has been on the market for nearly a year. It's an old little house which has character, floors which are not level, a chimney which is breaking apart and has no apparent purpose, a basement which is not developed, etc. But it is definitely habitable. The electricity works great and the oil furnace (forced air) was operating as well so the house was toasty warm. There's two bedrooms, a livingroom, kitchen, small laundry area, and area for computer or such, nice old bathroom - just cute!
The bonus is that it has a nicely set piece of land which has mature Forsythias, Japanese Quince, Weigela, Spruce trees, Lilacs, Spireas, and more. I was never able to start Forsythias and Lilacs in my present gardens. There is a wired shed of a good size of which 1/2 might be turned into a greenhouse in the future. I may have to charge the present tenant rent... squirrel. Pretty little thing. We became friends yesterday while I was waiting for the realtor.
The property has a good 'grade' sloping down to the road. It is set about 3/4 to the back of the property. The house was started about 60 years ago by a poor couple. I was able to get some info from them which is good. Since 2000, the house has sold twice, both times with good price increases. Eugene, the original owner, built the first part of the house out of 3 sheds, and then later added the front. It's the front of the house which slopes down a bit. It has the livingroom and two bedrooms in it. It has a drilled well which is great and if the septic is as Eugene left it then there should be no problems.
His wife was a gardener and apparently the neighbors remember her gardens as being 'the best in all of Terence Bay' so the land should be good. The grey water from the kitchen sink does not feed into the septic, but actually runs parallel to it and into the soil of the front lawn. She wanted it that way to 'keep the soil healthy and not waste water'.
Needless to say that my life is suspended in mid-air right now. The people who made the offer on our house want a closing date of March 31st. OUCH!! Their present house is sold and they have to be out by April 1st. They can back out of the deal until March 15th. The anxiety I feel is just tremendous!!!
If our counter offer is accepted, then I will make an offer on 'the little house'.
I've kept you long enough. :O) I'll keep you posted.