South Wharf cycling path, Melbourne
CONTINUING: Instalment Three
A Boomer Dilemma ...... being surrounded by open space and greenery was soothing and calming. The first home they bought, shortly after their marriage, was a small unit in the area where they'd grown up. It was a natural stepping stone to a house in the same locality, but not for Harry - he had his mind set on a tranquil setting surrounded by at least ten acres, somewhere on the outskirts of any country town within two hours' drive of the city.
Such a change was a leap of faith for Nola, but she acqiesced when Harry showed her the most idyllic setting imaginable: a treed building site overlooking a partially cleared valley and small river, with the backdrop of a low mountain range, twenty acres in total.
After buying the land, Harry threw himself into the process of designing then building their dream home, mostly using his own bare hands, with the potential to be extended as their family grew. Money was tight, soon necessitating the sale of the unit and a move to the building site, where Harry and Nola resided in a caravan.
This kind of lifestyle, whilst commonplace for Harry, was challenging for Nola, especially when their first child was born. But the marriage weathered all the ups and downs of their physical privatisations, as did the slowly progressing home on the occasions of the severe storms that rolled through the valley, vindicating Harry's choice of brick and bluestone for the walls, built around a wooden frame of local timber, at least twice as sturdy as any suburban house.
Their eventual four children grew up loving the freedom and vitality of life in such a natural and pristine environment, and Nola was settled and happy as a full-time mother in this small-town rural area. There had been a compromise in purchasing at this location though: .......
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