>As I said in an earlier blog, we had lunch beside the Nambucca River in Bowraville, and we have high hopes that we’ll have many more coffees in this rather splendid location.
I have always loved this area – it’s green, lush and quite central to the sea, the mountains and just lovely scenery generally. But I never thought we’d be able to live around here as it’s quite expensive.
However, as the voice said to me as we were going to look at the unfortunately named Karisma Cottage: “Third time lucky”. We went to have a look at a small house in a village called Bowraville, about 10 minutes inland from Macksville and only 20 minutes from Scottshead Beach. Here’s the link:
When we put our home in Victoria up for sale, instead of making my usual list of things I’d like in our next home, I simply asked for a home where we could be happy. And I’m hoping that the Bowraville house is that home. I asked for a sign as we drove up to see it as to whether it would be a good home for us and got the answer as we walked in the front door: a nice arrangement of crystals on the coffee table and mandalas on the walls of the home. It is fairly small but feels good and we are hoping that we will be able to move in shortly. We put in an offer of $143,500 which is the most we can afford as we’re both pensioners, Bryan on the age pension and me on the disability pension, and the lady owner has accepted our offer. We are waiting to exchange contracts and, if that goes ahead as we hope, we’ll be able to move in straight away under licence until the final settlement.
As you can imagine, with two failed house buying bids behind us, we’re rather nervous about the purchase until the contracts have been exchanged which, in New South Wales, means the purchase is then irrecoverable. So if you feel like sending any good thoughts our way for the successful purchase of this lovely home, we’d appreciate it.
There is a small park at the bottom of the road and beyond that is the Nambucca River. We are on the high side of the road, plus Bowraville is up in the hills with lovely views of the surrounding area, so if any floods reach our home, the world will have to be very, very worried, believe me! Bowraville is a small village of about 1000 people and has a range of shops which cover virtually every need, plus a lovely theatre for films and local theatre productions. Added to this there is a Moroccan restaurant opening shortly and also, I was pleased to see, a health centre offering massage and spiritual healing.
Keep your fingers crossed for us, folks!