I’ve always cherished the conceit that this blog attracts a more intelligent class of reader. I may have proved it with this April Fool’s Day post, which didn’t seem to fool very many people. I’ve bolded the “hints” I tried to drop:
I’ve said before that a lot of what happens on the homestead goes on behind the scenes as it were, without ever reaching the blog. One such case proves to be rather definitive. The time has come to reveal that we’re leaving the homestead.
We’d made some discrete inquiries about what our land and compound might sell for, purely out of curiosity. That led to some key representation on the national level, and we find that we’re the subject of a rather head spinning bidding war! We can’t, of course, provide too many details at the moment, but the latest price we’ve heard is over $1.25 million. And climbing.
It’s all rather hard to believe, especially in the current abysmal housing market, but they tell us that key properties will always sell well, no matter what.
That’s just fine, because I think we’ve all pretty much had it with this lifestyle. Let someone with the resources to develop it properly have a shot at it, without relying on backbreaking labor, like we have.
As you can imagine, this is more than enough to live on for a family that’s so used to frugality. Through family connections, we will move shortly to a villa we’re purchasing in Tuscany. Michelle says she’ll love growing tomatoes without the greenhouse, and not caring if they all die. I’m looking forward to hanging out by the backyard swimming pool and drinking local wines! Aly’s a bit concerned about the long commute home from college, but it appears we’ll be able to afford that when the time comes.
Because this blog has a lot of “how to” information for people seeking a more self reliant lifestyle, we’ll leave it up for a while longer. We’ll keep posting* to it to let you know the outcome of the bidding, and detail some of the process of moving our stuff off the property and preparing it for new owners. [*Note that I indicated there would be a reason to come back to the blog April 2nd—I didn’t dare risk driving readers away!] After that, we’ll probably take it all down, probably within the next year.
If this sounds too good to be true, and something you might want in on, please contact us in the comments section below, and we’ll send you information on how to contact our representatives. A word to the wise, however—a bid with the current date isn’t absolutely necessary, but it might help.