To say it has been a turbulent few months would be an understatement, but it is with mixed feelings that I can finally confirm that the Rock Farm is sold.
We have been honoured to be custodians of the Rock Farm for the past five years. This beautiful property has taken us on a wonderful journey. Whilst this blog has largely been about our trials and tribulations as we learn how to raise stock and rehabilitate our soil, there has been so much more to our time on the Rock Farm.
Less than three months ago, selling the Rock Farm was the last thing on our minds. Our new lambs were growing into sheep, our soil was healing, our trees were growing and our boys were turning into young men. We had built on the amazing legacy the previous owners had created and felt we were on the cusp of realising our own dreams for the property.
But you have to keep your mind open to new opportunities. And when one knocked oh so softly, we knew it was worth investigating. Once we decided it was worth going for, we gave it everything we had.
Getting the Rock Farm on the market was a huge challenge. We decluttered the house and tidied up the sheds. Then I disappeared to sea for a couple of weeks for work before coming home just in time for the first open home. Jo had worked tirelessly in my absence and transformed our home into a magazine shoot. Our agent, Chris Dixon did an excellent job and found a buyer for our home almost straight away.
I think we were all a little surprised how quickly we had found a new owner for the Rock Farm, but the realisation that we had a huge amount of work ahead of us soon set in. Moving is an arduous task at the best of times, but in the lead up to Christmas, it has been particularly trying.
Looking back, we have been extremely fortunate to be custodians of our little patch of paradise for a brief moment in time. Our gorgeous boys have thrived in the environment, learning all sorts of invaluable skills from raising livestock to repairing motorbikes and cars.
Not all the lessons have been easy. Some have been physically demanding – learning to shear a sheep or mark lambs has challenged the lads. Some have been emotionally draining, such as when a poddy lamb dies. But these lessons have given the boys a good grounding in the cycle of life, and our part in it.
But they have loved it. As have we.
So, where are we off to?
All will be revealed soon, but I can confirm that we have moved down the road, to another 40 hectare (100 acre) property… The good news is that there will be so many more lessons to be shared on this blog as we start our new adventure on the new not-so-rocky Rock Farm!
But we will miss the original Rock Farm 🙂