Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It's Ours!

Our offer was accepted and we are dancing a jig!
Or maybe it should be a Tennessee Waltz?

The east side of the house with the view of the rocking chair porch. This was high on my list of necessities.

The westside view with the nearly completed retaining wall. This is contracted as being completed by closing.

The front garden, and the north side of the house. There are stone walls built in several areas. All the heavy lifting was done before we got there, thankfully.

No dogs. Ducks.

The Quackers arrived on their own. The previous owner said they had laid eggs but the raccoons have gotten them before they could hatch. There is always next spring.

These boys will stay too. We are thinking of calling the place Freebird Farm.

The closing is July 30th and we have a lot to do in the meantime. No, our house in Cary hasn't sold yet. We are not worried. All of this will happen in God's good time. We are prepared to make this purchase from savings and then when our house sells, we will replenish the pot.

Going over our list of desires it is surprising how many of those things are fulfilled in this property.

Water--a pond with koi, bass and bluegill.

Double Bubble tub and a second bath upstairs.

Deep woods. A real forest and acreage--5!

Established gardens with 'Southern plantings'. Azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, holly, jasmine, wisteria, and yesterday I found a patch of mint. (think Mojitos and Mint Juleps). And the orchard contains 32 fruit trees, nine grape varieties and all those blueberry bushes.

Both sun and shade and higher elevation for cooler temperatures.
Low taxes!

An outbuilding for my studio. I will have the upstairs sitting room for my quilting and the outbuilding for my painting. O my!

The decorating will be fun too. Dave suggests Mexican Chalet as our style.

Rustic is only the half of it.


  1. Oh Melody!! I'm rejoicing along with the two of you!! The house is just beautiful, the land is just breathtaking. I am SO happy for you! I know that your mind is whirring with thoughts of all the color you'll introduce into that neutral interior...and the garden that you'll create, but somehow my first thought (as I looked at the photos) was of the two of you forging a trail through those incredible trees...a green cathedral. It feels as if you have already found peace in this place. I couldn't be happier for you.


  2. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Congratulations and best wishes for a happy new life. Where do I send a housewarming gift?

  3. kristin L9:37 AM

    Congratulations--it looks wonderful. The turquoise roof say Mrs. Mel to me! I'm sure it will be great fun to personalize the interior as well.

  4. Mel and Dave,
    I'm so happy the hunt is finally over and you can enjoy the redecorating and moving.
    Love, Wanda

  5. SO happy for you both! Looks like you found a real gem.

  6. Congratulations! You must be on cloud nine. It's a lovely abode and I'm very happy for you two.

  7. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Uhhhhhhmmm, I still skeptical but it is what you want not what I want so I guess CONGRATULATIONS are in order. (See I am pretending to be reserved here)

    Just curious....again...why were the previous owners selling?

  8. bonnie10:01 AM


    Let the party begin!

  9. Dear Anon,
    The owners have another house in Etowah, two hours away to the east. This house was their weekend getaway place. There are family issues and a recently diagnosed medical condition that make it difficult to balance two homes.
    But I think the real reason is that the owner/designer is finished with his projects there and wants a new challenge.

  10. Mel -
    How fantastic that your dream has come true! I live in the North Georgia mountains and can tell you this area is heaven on earth. Nice cool temperatures, flourishing arts community, and nice neighbors.


  11. On your long list of things to do, don't forget to think about bringing any perennials that might make the transition.

    We brought a peony from NY to GA and it struggles but lives.

  12. Congrats, Mel!

    How close to Chattanooga are you going to be? Is it in South Pittsburg, Dunlap, Suck Creek, Signal Mountain? I just guessing here. You said 19 miles to the store.

    You'll enjoy being away from it all.

  13. Cool beans... I'm so glad you didn't wait for your house to sell... life is too short. It's a wonderful house and will be great fun to make your own. Congrats!!

  14. Congratulations! Looks lovely and restful and like you'll be living on a vacation! I'm glad you've found what you've been hunting for!

  15. Anonymous1:42 PM

    And they all lived happily every after. Sigh.........
    I love your story !!! Congratulations let the decorating begin !!!!

  16. HOORAY!!!!! We are so happy for you!!!!

  17. Congratulations! It is beautiful! And the chickens and ducks are exciting! We love our chickens.

  18. Oh Mel... it is lovely but I sure hope that you will have a city water for your fabric dyeing and everyday water usage and not Well Water or even worse, having to haul in your own water in to dump into a cistern system. (or catch rain water from the gutters to go into the cistern).

    I moved to the country from the big city some 13 years ago into a house where we had to catch rain water and/or have water hauled in. (at the time I thought it was no big deal). It became 13 years of headache when it came to having enough water on hand and having to worrying about running out of water on a regular basis. We finally got hooked up to city water this spring and it was like the wheel had been invented or fire had been discovered at our rural home.

    Never again will I live in a home without city water.

    BTW... We also have 5 acres of land.

  19. Anonymous3:28 PM

    What wonderful news! I think you have found a real gem. And it spoke to you from the get-go.

    Much, much happiness. It will be such a joy to read about the transition in the coming months!

    All the best,

  20. Congratulations! The house is wonderful, I am very happy for you!

  21. Anonymous3:57 PM

    Wow! We're very excited to have you coming south. Where in Tennessee is this new place located? I know you mentioned Chattanooga in the past so I was wondering how close to that you made it.

  22. Anonymous4:07 PM

    Thanks for answering my questions Ms Mel. With 5 acres you could very well hold retreats and everyone could pitch tents. How about setting up some outdoor showers (warm water of and wash basins!

    Are there any reptiles or bears there?

  23. Oh my gosh...what a lovely home....Congrats to you and Dave.

    Dreams do come true. Have fun...


  24. Natalya4:55 PM

    Congratulations! Can't wait to see what this place looks like after you are done decorating!

  25. mel,

    it looks absolutely wonderful, a perfect little slice of heaven for you both. I could definitely see a nice big swing on that wrap around porch. Do the chickens come with the property? I am sure laura would enjoy that. Have you thought about renting your Cary house until the market picks up?

  26. Mel & Dave - best wishes for your "tree change" (as it is known in Australia). My husband and I made a "sea change", moving from the city to a small coastal settlement, three years ago. Very occasionally we miss being able to walk to good restaurants or having a well-stocked deli nearby but the ledger is very much in favour of the new life. Oh and my David is a master at keeping shopping lists!

  27. Casey6:45 PM

    Oh, what happy happy news!!! You must be floating on air...will miss you being so close to PAQA Land yet the future has many happy days ahead for the 2 of you!!!

  28. Congratulations! Good things come to those who wait. I only recently found your blog and am so glad that I was in time to see your new life begin.

  29. To BRS about the water. We'll have a deep well, and city water to boot. But I am not dyeing fabric when I move there.
    I AM RETIRING (by next March for sure). I have plenty enough dyed for at least three lifetimes worth of quilts.
    Yes the ducks and roosters come with the house. No bears, but there are plenty of deer and wild turkeys.

  30. Oh wow, I'm so happy for you both that you have bought this place, it looks absolutely heavenly! Congratulations on a successful purchase and wishing many happy years with your forest and feathered friends! :-)

  31. Congratulations Mel - the house is gorgeous and the gardens look heavenly. I'm so glad you've finally found the property you wanted.

  32. I am so happy for you and Dave. It is my dream place!

  33. Judy from Northport9:23 PM

    congratulations! What a beautiful house.
    I wish you both many years of happiness.
    (Please define "I am retiring").

  34. Anonymous9:25 PM

    There is WELL water and WELL water and a lot of well water is by far better than the city stuff...dont' worry.

  35. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Have Rocking Chair.
    Will Travel.
    Congratulations on your new fowl.

  36. Anonymous11:14 PM

    Beautiful home Mel! My prayer is that you'd have many grateful years of enjoying it.

  37. Congrats! What a beautiful place to call your own. Enjoy!

  38. Whatever will Popeye do with all those fowl around? Poor guy, he'll be totally outnumbered.

    Can't wait to see it myself; where do I fly in at Christmas?

    Love you guys!

  39. Ya done good doll, I am so excited for you!

  40. Congratulations! Wishing you many happy times in your new home and an easy move.

  41. Congrats on the great new place - and the built in pets - what could be better??? Can't wait to see the new decor - I agree w/Dave's idea Mexican Chalet!

  42. Lovely; just lovely. You know the spot when you find it. So happy you could afford to just go for it.

    Can't wait to watch as it all comes together. I am actually getting a sofa today! Good thing. While I love my Adarondack chairs they do get a bit hard on the posterior (even one as well paddedd as mine) after a while.

    Guess I need to post some pics on my new place...when it stops raining!


  43. I just have to add my congratulations. It looks like Heaven on Earth. So happy for you!

  44. What a lovely home and I love the setting. It all looks wonderful. My parents have retired and are trying to decide where to move, I wish they'd find someplace like that so I could go visit them there! ; )
    ps. chickens are a lot of fun - and you can't beat those fresh eggs
    pps. I grew up in Algonquin and I used to go to Cary to get my hair cut. : )

  45. Well done you guys, though I shall miss seeing the houses on the 'maybe' lists (grin).
    Chickens don't have to smell, Just use loads of straw and deep litter them. Clear out the hen house twice a year and that's it. Tons of straw is the answer and it will keep the birds warm in winter.
    I miss keeping hens, can you tell?

  46. Congratulations! Tennessee is a beautiful state. We used to visit my Grandparents on the family farm when I was little. Miss that.

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