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 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.

 

 

 

 

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