Sunday, May 21, 2006

Home Amongst the Gum Trees for sale

From the back paddock.

From the front.

A little background

After leaving the our ranch in the US in 2002 we came to Prospect SA to look after my Dad.We are not city people by any stretch so we soon started to look for a rural property still close enough for Mernie to commute to Adelaide each day and yet affordable enough for a couple on one full and one rather iffy income.We found the prefect place . A spacious, comfortable and extremely functional home on 4.2 acres and still only about 45minutes from the city.It had lots of outbuildings including stables, tack room and sheds for hay. We bought it and it wasn't long before this couple grew into a family of 2 horses, 15 chooks and 8 ducks.
A litttle about the place: It has an orchard of about 20 fruit trees and plenty of room to grow herbs and veggies.We had plans to do all kinds of fancy things to the house but found the riding places around Callington too irresistable. I guess you could say we got a little distracted! Anyhow the place is very livable just the way it is.
Between Callington and Monato are strips of forested and scrubby areas where the SA endurance riders hold regular events ( they just had a 160 km of international standing there). We were in heaven. We are into 'barefooting' our horses so we found the terrain that nice mix of rock, dirt and grass to ease and toughen their tooties.
Oh, but I'm supposed to be writing about the house. We are outdoorsy types so we never spend a great deal of time indoors. What I like best about this place is the backyard 'living' area. There is a cosy alcove for eating and entertaining and a private backyard and garden to spread out into. We often sit around our brazier enjoying a drink and a good ole chin wag.There is also an indoor stove fire that gets pretty cosy on a cold winter's night.
And in Summer the house stays comfortably cool. Providing you close it up during the day and throw the windows open at night you'll stay as cool as a cucumber .We have never felt the need to purchase an airconditioner.
The Community here is wonderful. The town is quaint ...."it's a pub and general store, what's the use of any more...") Actually there is more. We have an amasing French cafe retreat called Lavande. Check it out and a world class Tuscan restaurant down the road in Kanmantoo.And you can even take part in our belly dancing classes across the road every Wednesday night if you like that kind of thing!
So sadly we need to sell up and return to the USA to take care of business. If there was a way we could hang on to this property we would but our finances at present don't allow it.We do plan to return in a few years and who knows, maybe it will come up for sale again!

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