Turns out that yesterday was the four-year anniversary of a huge and unexpected change in my life plans. Stumbling upon this property when and how I did–and then the fact that I was actually able to cut through the red tape and purchase it– that will go down as maybe the biggest lottery-wining moment in my life story.
I have a tradition of repeating my first victory lap (with champagne, obv) in early March every year, but since I just happened to realize it had been four years to the day of the first time I saw (and took pictures) of this property yesterday, I decided to snap some pics from the same places… then and now:
2012: The first time I ever saw this house. I think I snapped this right before I pulled out of the driveway, decided to call the number on the for-sale sign, and realized the house was up for auction that very day…
2016: Really, not much has changed from this perspective, other than those arborvitae(?) on the side of the house are getting huge. Well, and there’s a big pine tree missing, but it was out of frame in that first pic.
2012: View of the barns (and just a little bit of the rubble pile off to the right…)
2016: A lot less rubble, a lot more fences, so many upgrades to the little barn, and, of course, all the animals…
2012: The view from the back of the little barn…
2016: In this area things have actually gotten worse over the last four years. A just-barely started chicken run and a ton of weeds (but also some fun grasses my mom planted out there.) It’s on my list to clean this up this year.
2012: This one, however?
2016: Way, way better.
2012: And the big barn…
2016: Looks basically exactly the same from the outside (although 2017 will be the year for maintenance work on this beast.) It’s really the inside that’s become a treasure trove of tractors and old barn wood and all kinds of other fun things.
(Other things that could probably use some serious organization sooner rather than later… maybe sometime this summer.)
I’m so glad I took a chance to check this place out (and then took a bigger chance actually trying to buy it) four years ago. It definitely has been an unexpected adventure.