We are currently in the process of buying some property where we hope to settle. It has been a really long and tedious time of negotiation. Last week we finally got it all signed and celebrated that night with a little bubbly.
We have now just been notified that the original deeds of the property are “missing” – so now we have no idea how long it will be before we can move to our little piece of heaven. In the meantime we visit the property daily to sit and dream and to plan.
The place needs a lot of love and attention but here it is
It was the beginning of summer when I took these photos and I marvel at how different it looks now – everything is a lot greener after the rains.
The property is 21 hectares with one boundary on the Blyde river. It is not fenced because it forms part of a larger nature reserve so in reality we have access to 350ha of nature reserve although we will own only 21 ha.
The homestead itself consists of 4 stone cottages, 3 of which have a bedroom and bathroom each. The 4th cottage has a lounge/diningroom and kitchen area. The kitchen is really very small because here we do most of our cooking outdoors. It’s just too hot to cook inside.
The nature reserve is not a big 5 reserve – meaning that there are no lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and supposedly no leopard, although leopard are the only one of the big five that are still found outside game reserves and therefore could pass through our property at any time. The game found on our reserve consists mainly of impala, wildebeest (gnu), duiker, zebra, giraffe, civet, serval, jackal, porcupine and many other smaller creatures.
I just can’t wait to settle in.