by | Jun 19, 2012 | Uncategorized | 8 comments

On Saturday morning at the bach, I was up early, for an international conference call, before the big event of the day. The valley was shrouded in mist and the air was chill.

 The big event took place later in the morning, as with two friends I walked the bush block next to the bach. We were looking for a way through the bush, and the best place for a house/bach site. Not for me, however. For it’s time to sell this land.

Sometimes we can’t see the way forward very easily. When my ex-husband and I bought this land over 40 years ago, our intention was to keep it as a green zone, and so preserve the privacy of the bach. But now I need to raise money, and the land must be sold. I entered a misty zone when I couldn’t see how anyone could build on that land without robbing me of my privacy, and my view to the sea. Even though I tried to find a way through the bush to a suitable building site, it was without success.

I then made some good decisions. I had a surveyor locate the missing boundary pegs. And I asked for help.

My friends were great. Clad in woolly hats, gloves, warm clothing and gumboots, and armed with spades, we scrambled through the bush. We found the line of the far boundary. We located a building site that will suit everyone. We even identified where a driveway could go in. It was like the lifting of the mist in the mid-morning, when the line of the hill appeared, flooded with sunlight.


  1. lifeonthecutoff

    So many good decisions here, Juliet, the most important being knowing when to ask for help. I struggle with this often enough and recently, in fact. Advice came, from an unexpected but trusted source, and the clouds did lift.

    Your prose is so lovely and lyrical here. As I read, I could feel the mood shifting, Juliet, and the mist lifting.

    Good luck as you move forward.

  2. juliet

    Penny, I so appreciate your understanding and your kind words. I’m glad that you too have found help from a trusted source. Thank you.

  3. Hotly Spiced

    Good on you for calling in some help. That surely is what true friends will do for one another. It’s great that there is a perfect building site on your land. I hope the sale happens swiftly for you xx

  4. Lynley

    I hope the land sale goes very smoothly for you Juliet and your mind can rest easy over finances.

    I love the photo of the mist lifting and the warm light on the hills.

    It is a beautiful spot.

  5. juliet

    *Charlie, it’s certainly a boost to have the right friends there at the right time. Thanks.

    * Lynley, the mist rising was really magical that morning, despite the chill. Thank you for your good wishes.

  6. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet .. your loss will be misty sad, yet the positive direction and decisiveness will hold you in good stead .. I too hope all goes smoothly .. never easy dealing with these sorts of challenges ..

    It looks beautiful .. cheers Hilary

  7. Anne Dean Ruffell

    Am so pleased you have found a solution to the problem and there is a building plot that doesn’t destroy your view – you chose the plot wisely when you first bought it. The good thing is that others will now enjoy the beauty of the location as much as you do. I love the pictures in this post, so atmospheric.

  8. juliet

    Thank you Hilary and Anne, I’ve only just picked up your comments. Much appreciated, as always.


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