Thursday, June 25, 2009

School Visit

Today I went and checked out Birdwood Primary School. The acting principal was lovely. The school was a georgeous school and was really well layed out, they are getting a new gymnasium and library this year. I was very up front with the acting principal about my little special joys and she sees no problems that we can't work on together. They have other children with Aspergers, Dyslexia and speech problems so our kids weren't anything they haven't dealt with before. I came away feeling good about the school.

If we can find a house and move by term 4, I will have all kids at school - 6 hours a day to myself - na surely not possible. LOL!
catch ya later

Monday, June 22, 2009

Another Property!

We are still plodding along looking for a property. We went and looked at one in Birdwood yesterday - here's a link.

The property is absolutely georgeous, it has a creek cutting the property in 1/2, 6 good sized paddocks, The vegie garden is over grown but is fenced in which is one less job I need to do. There is a chook pen and another animal enclosure. It also has a small dam and has both mains and rain water to the house. There is good fairly new shed as well as another animal shed and a few little garden sheds. (lots of sheds for the boys). The gardens will need a bit of work - they are a bit bushy and look like the perfect spot for snakes to hide.

The house is smaller than our current house. However my view is I can fix a house but I can't fix a property. There are many options to get the house up to par, just depends on how much we have left to spend on it after we have paid for it (if we do purchase it). Even though the house is smaller it has potential for the 6 bedrooms we need and will still have a family room and lounge room. What I do like though is that the larger room is the lounge/dinning room. This house has the large room as the family/dinning room (it is huge) but when we are sitting down at the dinning table talking with friends (adults) and the kids are finished eating then they are playing in the same room us adults are in and you end up yelling above the noise of the kids. With the formal lounge being with the dinning room and the family room seperate this will be lots better.

The house only has 1 bathroom, which we had ideas how to solve this problem. Now we have seen the house it is a priority to sort out. The bathroom is very tiny (can't swing a cat). The toilet is seperate though so this is good. We could turn the laundry into a second bath room and put the laundry outside the house, if we just added the 2 extra bedrooms by taking part of the family room for them. If we actually build the 2 rooms on then we would include a bathroom in that. It all depends on how much we would have left after purchasing the place.

I am planning to go and talk to both the primary and highschool this week. There is no reason they should be able to handle my special chicklets but I would rather check before we put an offer in on the place. Will keep you updated.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Some Ideas

Well I have calmed down a bit now. DH has been wonderful, worst case senario he says we can sell our current house to move. He has obviously been thinking about it and he has also come up with the idea of buying a working cattle farm and getting a business loan for the property and then employing somebody to run the farm side, he will keep working and also learn how to run the property, I can also set up my side of the farm with the animals/veggies and fruit I want to do. Then further down the track he can leave work and run the property or stay at work and keep the property going at what ever level we want. Well you could have pushed me over with a feather!

It may not be a solution to our problems but it is an idea and shows that DH is thinking about how to achieve our dream property.

Will keep you updated.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Not Happy Jan!!!

The bank man came to see us today to play around with some figures. Well everything has gone feet up.I am a bit confused. The will let us make repayments of $400 a fortnight more if we sell our current house and get a straight homeloan than if we keep this house and rent it out. They will also give us more than enough than we want if we had 2 kids but because we have 5 they will only give us less than 1/2 of what we want. The whole thing is crazy so now we have to go back to the drawing board and decide what we want to do!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The New Blog begins

Well I have started this blog to record our journey to our own farm. We have made the decision to leave the burbs and move to the country, all be it the Adelaide hills which is still in distance to the burbs. After 15 years we have finally decided that looking and talking about it is not cutting it any more and after a very turmultous year we decided that now is the best time.

After pouring over "" we chose a few properties to actually look at in person. The first had handfull had 3-5 acres but very rapidly we decided that this was no where near enough land. Ian then went a bit nuts and started looking at about 100 acres. There were a few places that had potential on the web site but were rulled out when we couldn't find suitable schools for the kids in a respectable distance.

Finally there is one that stands up to most of our want list

1. With in 1 1/2hrs drive from Ians work ( He will be commuting for about 4-5 months a year)
2. Acceptable schools close by
3. more than 10 acres
4. not just flat barren land
5. Suitable water for house and animals - Dam, creek, well or bore
and the most important in the price range

The bank is coming to see us on Tues night so we can work out the best way to achieve making an offer on this property. We are planning to keep our current house and rent it out.

The next problem after working out the money is that the current owners will accept our offer. We feel the property is worth less than they are asking as there is a bit of work that we need to do to the place. Part of me thinks that we are living a pipe dream as our price is quiet a lot under the asking price but the other part of me thinks that they will accept it as they have been trying to sell it for a year and they want to move and with the govt homebuyers grant drying up soon many people are rushing to sell before that for fear of the market dropping. Well nothing much to do for now just lots of knee time.

I have been researching chooks, sheep, alpacas, grey water systems and lots more. Will keep you updated. Trying to not get to attached to this property in case it falls through.

Here is a link to the property, but shh its a secret and don't steal it! lol