Monday, October 4, 2010

Dreams do come true! (Our Journey) 1

There's a long, long trail a winding
Into the land of my dreams,
Where the nightingales are singing
And the white moon beams;
There's a long, long night of waiting
Until the dreams come true,
Till the day when I'll be going down that
Long, long trail with you.

                     Stoddard  King

   Late October reminds me of a time 31 years ago that had a huge impact on my life.
 I was living the good life, or so I thought. My Hero and I lived in our lovely three bedroom brick house with two bathrooms and a full basement with a fireplace that we had built ourselves.
 We were both working, no kids, dabbling in a little farming on nearby rented land.

                         Then we went to an auction!!!

 It was a beautiful fall day as it is today. The leaves were falling, the sun was shining and there was a brisk breeze to remind you it was not going to be long till winter.
 We were going to check out a farm property auction a friend of My Hero's had told him about. Well I love auctions as you know so off we go.
 I have to tell you a little more about My Hero at this point. He grew up on a farm and had a longing to work his own land. It was his dream, it was in his blood.
 I myself grew up in a little village in a little house with no plumbing, very cold in the winter, and full of many siblings. I did not care either way. Remember "the good life".
 We showed up at this auction and my first impression was beautiful farm land as far as the eye could see. Two hundred acres. It was breathtaking.
     Then.........   we saw the long abandoned house.
 Taking a tour through, we seen there are no plumbing, no furnace or wood stove, very few lights, torn linoleum floors, and no kitchen cupboards.
 A gorgeous tin ceiling, gigantic fireplace with a built in bread oven and a wooden mantle. We just came to look so I was happily pointing out all the potential in this place.
 The auction starts, the price starts fairly low there is some fierce bidding and then yes you know what is coming... My Hero jumps in.
 Higher, higher faster, faster, slower, slower.
  THEN!!!  My Hero looks at me as there is only himself and one older couple left and asks “What do you think?"  Panic strikes I came to look.
 Being the good wife and knowing My Hero's dream I say "Whatever you think dear, it is nice land". All the time knowing the other couple wanted it as bad as My Hero, so not giving it to much thought.
 Bidding, bidding then "Did he say SOLD?" Worse yet is his finger pointing at My Hero?
 I burst into tears!
 At this point I see my "good life" disappearing. Everyone is staring at us. My Hero has an awkward smile on his face and then it hits him "we just bought this place".
 Everyone comes up to congratulate us. Being not sure himself My Hero takes the older couples phone number just in case. We give the auctioneer the deposit knowing we already owned a house with a mortgage and had not talked to a bank.
 We leave the auction after chatting with I assume our NEW neighbours? This part is still all a blur to me.
 Back at our beautiful three bedroom brick house with two bathrooms I sit and drink a cup of tea wondering what we had just done.



Stay tuned for more. Thank you Buttons


  1. We're so glad you did.

    NDF (next door friend)

  2. I'm so glad you did too! And I love your pictures and blog. Keep on writing.


  3. Dear Buttons, Thanks for following my blog, I'm a bit puzzled when you said on your last comment about " seeing you there" Are you near this area???? I know there are some fine farms around the Burk's Falls area. My daughter is into permaculture farming, skills learned out West on Salt Spring Island and San Juan Island, Washington State. Thanks again for your comments on my work....
    New postings are now up!

  4. looking forward to reading the rest of your story.

  5. OH MY GOSH!!! I don't know what else to say as I'm still trying to picture the scene in my head. Wow...this was definitely a life changing event! I can't wait to read what happens next :) I just stopped by after reading about Leontien and 'visiting' with her. I had only intended to make this a quick visit and say 'hello' but I have the feeling that I will be here for a while reading about your 'adventure' :) The neat thing is that this all takes place in my home country and province. I think I'm going to enjoy reading about your journey VERY much.
    Maura :)

  6. Hi There Buttons - I just stumbled onto your Blog, from "Gail's" comments, and I have just read 1/22 and look forward to reading more. Thanks for the great read and congratulations on step 1. I look forward to coming back and reading. Sounds like a great true to life story and I love farming, so for me this is something to look forward to. Have a great day. Come visit sometime, if you have time. Cheers. Lilly

  7. Funny; I was just thinking of that "long, long trail" song this morning, in relation to Cathy leaving the Muskoka River for Alberta. Strange; very strange, the connection.

    OH, MY GOODNESS! You bought a farm; nay, THE farm. Well, that is, um, "interesting." An easy way to go broke these days. But you're still there! Which is good news. If you can build a house (three bedrooms, two baths), you probably have the wherewithal to manage a farm. I hope you keep having fun!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

  8. Enjoyed reading your saga of buying a farm. What a are all heroes to me! What a wimp I am living this cushie life I do.

    Thanks for sharing.


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