Housewarming

Sunday we had our housewarming. This meant that the two days previous were a mad frenzy of painting, cleaning, unpacking and organizing. But that is the best part of a housewarming, it gives you the incentive you need to finally get that stuff done!

The housewarming was a massive success, we have one very warm house! 51 people showed up! The day before we had put flyers in our neighbors mailboxes, and 20 of them showed up, which was a great opportunity. The neighbors also liked it, as it gave them a chance to meet each other and catch up on what is going on in the valley. We had plenty of dancers and musicians, as before the party started we had a rehersal for our coming performance (in March). All in all a great time was had. Food was eaten, drinks were drunk (but nobody got badly drunk), people walked around the paddocks, a much good conversation. A few people could not make it, so we will just have to invite them all over some other time!

Now with that past it is time to start focusing on farm projects. There is gorse to cut, fences to mend, and water tanks to get installed. Later this week we get our first Alpacas, and you can rest assured as soon as we do plenty of cute photos will start going up on the blog.

4 thoughts on “Housewarming

  1. Interesting. I’ve met only one of my neighbors in the 8 years I’ve lived in the city. But when I lived in NH (in a large town) I knew most of my neighbors.
    This lends well to my theory that city people like to pretend people near them aren’t really there. Due to lack of any real solitude in the city no doubt.

  2. Stephen says:

    One reason we are very deliberately going out of our way to meet the neighbors is that in the 4 years we spent at 26 Locust street we barely got to know our neighbors. This time we are going to do it “right”. People in the valley also try to look after each other, keeping an eye out for strange cars, lost stock, etc. We have already had a number of offers to borrow equipment, use access roads, etc. Very important, as we neither know what we are doing, nor have the equipment to do it! 🙂

  3. Tam says:

    That’s certainly been my theory. You need the illusion of space, so you psychologically isolate yourself.

    You know that mice and other animals, if kept in badly overcrowded conditions, will start to kill and eat each other ? I figure the urban I-don’t-see-you habit is a defense mechanism to ward off cannibalism.

  4. James says:

    Gee, so that explains it – The bigger the crowd, the quieter I get… But I can have really engaging conversation with one or two people at a time.

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