Just Broken In – The driveway

After I bought the land I started to save money for a driveway. This was my first priority, you have to be able to get onto the land, in order to live on the land. Budget $10,000.00.

The first step was to survey the land. AKA drinks some beers with good friends and walk in the best driveway line you can find.

survey2 survey5 survey6 survey3My first driveway was okay but ended up being not done to what we agreed on as his equipment ‘broke’ so I was left with more of a dirt road than a driveway. Still it worked and I loved turning onto it every time.

jbi-june21-10 jbi-june21-11 jbi-june21-12The final driveway was done by Steve Beaver and when he was done I was able to cross one thing off bucket list. I have always wanted a long, tree lined driveway and the one I have is stunning!
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Bike Parking coming next summer!

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Total cost: $8400.00 – I will have to add a few more trunk loads of gravel next year as everything settles into place so the driveway should come in on budget.

Just Broken In – The prep work

Before you can build anything you have to get the land ready.

JB30First step is clearing out the energy and bringing it back to the beginning. I bought some Manitoba sweet grass at a little shop in Parkdale to use in my smudging ceremony and had my Indian friend Judy do the honours. .

jbi-june21-32Second step, make friends with your neighbours!

jbi-bday34Last thing I needed to deal with were the bears. I decided to put up a marker and let them know that they are welcome to walk across my land but they need to stay on there side. I may be reaching here but I figure it cannot hurt. I have also been going to the bathroom in a wide circle around my tent. Taking a page out for Never Cry Wolf and getting all animal up there. Loving it.

 

Just Broken In – The beginning

jbi-3The hardest thing was getting the courage to start attempting to follow my dream. Last year I turned 38 and decided that I either had to start looking for land or stop talking about looking for land. I started in August and was the owner of 23 acres at the end of November.

There were so many magical moments in the process that I believe there is no where else in the world that I am supposed to be.

I put in my offer on Oct 4, 2013. I went in $18,500.00 under the list price.

On Oct 5, 2013 I crashed Nuit Blanche with my first guerrilla art experiment. I wanted to talk to Canadians about the Idle No More movement and Stephen Harper’s horrible environmental policies.

On Oct 8, 2013 they came back and accepted my offer. I think it was a karmic thank you for taking a vocal and public stand on what is happening to Canada under Harper.

The woman I bought the land from was 92 years old and wrapping up all of her business. She was also married to James Cooper. I don’t think it is a fluke that the North and West border of my land is a public access trail that he donated.

I am going to build on what he started.

 

 

 

 

Just Broken In For June 14

tulip tigger-tulip1 tigger-tulip4I live in Parkdale and out back is an overgrown garden with 1 random tulip. My cat sits next to that tulip.

Today I took him to the vet to make sure all of his shots are up to date cause we are prepping for the move up North. Turns out he has lost 2 pounds in the last year which is perfect because my overweight indoor cat needs to get ready for the great outdoors too!

 

Addition to the name: King Meow Meow Reigns Supreme Over All, especially Tulip.

 

 

Just Broken In For June 7

SOLDjbi-1jbi-jun7.13Just Broken In. This is about to happen to my land and it is about to happen to me.

I bought 23 acres of land last October. I fell so incredibly in love that it blew my mind.   I am going to build a retreat for people to come and sit and be quiet and thoughtful. Your quiet is your call.

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