For a long time I’ve suspected the moment will come. But somehow I didn’t think it would, and not so soon.
I have put Sequoia Gardens on the market and taken an option on a stand at Clearwaters Cove, a security development on the Ebenezer Dam a few kilometers away. Why? Some years back I watched an uncle and aunt age whilst their lovely farm went backwards, eventually to be sold on auction. It left a lasting impression. I have often stated that I live a wealthy man’s life on a poor man’s income. I’ve done the sums. I will never be able to retire if I stay on. Sequoia Gardens has never looked more beautiful and well cared for. I have a marvellous team who have helped me achieve this. I’d love to take the gardens to the next step, but the 80-20 rule applies: the next 20% of effect will take 80% more effort, money and time – all of which I have too little. It is time to hand over the reigns…
What clinched the decision was a house at Clearwaters coming on the market, a lovely home, and ideal for us. But the bridging finance will cost way more than we could ever afford; and one does not sell a farm as fast as you do a house. Ergo: the farm has to go first. I discovered the very lovely stand next door was available. At a stretch we can afford to finance that in the interim. Above, the view from the stand across the Ebenezer Dam and the mountains.
In this view of The House that Jack Built from the neighbours’ hill, the mountains in the background are the same I will be looking at from my new house (as I’m already thinking of it!). The Ebenezer Dam lies between the second and third horizons. Below you see them as they will look from my southern windows.
South is of course the ‘unsunny’ side in the Southern hemisphere. I will have good northern light and a view down the dam to the east. Here it is.
And my garden? I intend once again to have a house in a meadow, just like THtJB was, but this time there will be almost no exotics around me. Instead I intend to find most of my plants amongst the locals, those that grow on the slopes of these mountains. Working on our recent Rotary fundraiser, the Iron Crown Trail Run which takes you to the top of the highest mountain in Limpopo (off to the right in the panorama), I photographed a few wintery candidates. And thoughts are glowing in my head about their use here…
Once you have created beauty, what do you do with it? Does one ever really own beauty? Is it any less yours if you do not own it? How hard is it going to be to let go? Many questions. But I do believe I live in a beautiful part of a beautiful country in a beautiful world. And Sequoia Gardens ties me down too much, keeps me from experiencing all the unowned beauty… Time for us both to be set free, to face new and exciting challenges!