Saturday, February 07, 2009


M and I took a ride out to see a potential farm to buy to raise our potential alpacas!

We both fell in love with it!

Here are a few pictures of it.

It was built in 1872. It's and old stone home with a barn and 19+ acres attached.

The home is actually a duplex. One side was probably the main residence and the other side may have been built for workers, but it's much bigger than it appears.

The original property has been subdivided, but what is remaining cannot be. It's partial wetlands and partial farmlands so what is there is basically it. Another building can be added but only if it is for farm purposes

Have you ever had a vision of a home that you wanted to be in?

This is mine!

As soon as we turned into the cedar line driveway and saw the old rickety bard I knew I would love it.

The realtor (a very cool guy named John Spears) walked us around part of the property which has a stream and a pond and just a gorgeous view of the mountains (yes, there are some mountains in NJ!) it was spectacular.

M fell in love with it too.

Sometimes we think that we don't have a lot in common, but we share a view of our future life and how we want to live it.

I don't see me working behind a desk for the rest of my life. I'm an outdoors person and I like to have a physical part in things that I do or I find myself becoming lazy and complacent.

There would be a LOT of work involved in getting this place up and running like we would want it, but we could take it slow and rent out some of the land to be farmed while we set up the place. We hope we can ask our two brothers in-law to help us get started: watch out Doug and Ramon!!!

We could get on our little knees and ask a certain Carpenter gal that we know to make us a sign for the farm which we already thought we would name: JeannieRose in memory/honor of our Moms.


All of this is a dream right now and it may not be this particular place (although I hope it is) we really want to make this dream come true.

Wish us luck because we put an offer in and we just need a few more details to see if we can make this happen!



dive said...

Wow, Shazza, that's a beaut!
I could get all sensible or philosophical right now but instead I'll quote a silly song (Happy Talk … yay!):
"You've got to have a dream,
If you don't have a dream,
How you going to make a dream come true?"
Go for it!
I wanna come visit.

dive said...

Oh, and GOOD LUCK!

finn said...

it looks beautiful shazza!!! I wanted to have an alpaca myself a while ago (but was forbidden to have one because we live in a small apartment in the city - as if that was a reason...pfff).
I hope it all works out well for you, it seems like a lot of work.

All the best and good luck!

Shazza said...

Dive - Thanks! I was doing the little happy talk dance with my hands as I was sining along with you! We would love to have you come over for a visit - anytime!

Finn - thanks. Maybe you and McC can come over sometime and visit our alpaca. It will be a LOT of hard work and probably a few years to get it to where we want it.

Tammy said...

What a cool place. I hope you are able to get it and make some dreams come true. Good Luck!!

Maria said...

That is lovely...fingers crossed for you.

neetzy said...

Wow Sis! The house is adorable. Nineteen acres! How much of it is pastureland? Where is it exactly? How exciting! I'm jealous! Good luck to you both! Let me know how things turn out.

(BTW I googled the ShamWow. You will get one for a housewarming)

Shazza said...

Hi Tammy and Maria - Thank you!

Neetz - I would think that maybe 6-7 acres is pasture/farmland, the rest of it is wetlands protected. It's up in Hunterton county NJ.

We're making some calls into old friends who may be able to help us determine whether or not it's a good buy.

It's a lot to consider.

The Village Carpenter said...

Good luck! It's a very cute place. Keep us posted. :o)

Presbyfruit said...

OMG, I love this place!