Gary and I talked for several
years about our
retirement plans . . . his plans included
traveling in a motor home and of course mine included lots of
trips to Disney. We knew that our house in Burlington, with it's swimming
pool, water garden and extensive flower gardens would simply not
allow us to travel the way we would like, so we concluded that at
some point in time we would have to sell the house on Rolling
Court. We had talked about moving to the Kingston area,
somewhere between Bath and Gananoque, but I was never really sure
that Gary was convinced this was the right area. However, once his son
Steve moved to Gatineau, Quebec, he seemed quite comfortable with
Then in 2006 we purchased the motor home, and our
plans and dreams started to become reality. The time to sell
Our long time friends and neighbours, Tom
& Linda Tennant, dropped over to see the new motor home that
was parked in the driveway and we told them, "Don't be
surprised to see a For Sale sign appear this summer."
Within a couple of days they were back at our door telling us,
"Don't list the house - we want to buy it."
So that was it! We agreed on a price,
drafted an agreement, and the deal was struck.
We immediately began looking for a new home
in the Kingston area while at the same time cleaning out the
basement, the closets, the garage and all the little nooks and
crannies where so much stuff had accumulated over 25 years.
After deciding what we would move to the new house, everything
else was set aside for a Garage Sale. Everything that was
left after the sale was donated to a local charity.
our new home was not an easy task. Our Burlington home had
spoilt us; it had everything we wanted and was decorated to our
taste. We could not find anything remotely close in any of
the 50 or so resale houses we looked through. Although we
did not really want to build a brand new house, there seemed to be
no alternative, so that's exactly what we did. I had looked
through a model home at least a year before we decided to move and
told Gary about it so the previous September when we were visiting
in Kingston Gary had the opportunity to go through the model. We
both liked it and maybe that was why we were having such a hard
time finding what we wanted, we had this picture in our minds and
nothing was coming close. So that is the model we ended up
deciding to build. Of course, that was not before we looked
at several other models just to make sure.
Once the decision was made,
there was a flurry of activity. Choices to make including
brick, siding, shingles, cupboards, hardwood, carpet, paint,
countertops, ceramic tiles, etc., etc. It will suit us to a
tee and actually has more space than the Burlington house, just a
lot less property. It's a 2,000 square foot elevated
bungalow with a finished family room, gas fireplace, lots of oak
rails to match our oak furniture, and big rooms with high
ceilings. We could never have found this in a resale home.
sale of the Burlington house closed August 15th, so we arranged
for the movers to come August 14th to load up all of our
possessions. Once the house was empty, we moved the motor
home into the driveway and stayed overnight while we did some
The next morning it was time for a final walk around our old
yard and gardens. A few tears were shed before Gary boarded
the RV and I jumped in the van to head off to the next phase of
our lives. It was a wonderful home for us; we both have many
fond memories of our time together there.
I know that I will miss the gardens.
They were beautiful in all seasons and brought me a lot of joy.
Now my biggest challenge will be to resist planting as much in our
new home, working with the plants and gardens is an inherited
trait and one you cannot over come easily, so we will see how I
make out with that one.
house was not going to be ready for seven weeks so with all of our
goods in storage, we hit the road in the RV. We traveled
through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New Brunswick
on our way to Prince Edward Island where we stayed for ten days. Our
trip home took us back through New Brunswick and around the Gaspe
Peninsula By September 1st we were back in Kingston and checked in
to the KOA Campground just on the edge of the city to wait for the
house to be finished. The originally scheduled closing date
was September 29th and it was finished right on time. It was a
good thing, I love travelling in the RV, but living in it is
another story, both Gary and I needed to have something more to
possession of the house on a Friday and the movers were not coming
until the Monday so we spent the few days just wandering around
the empty house, checking to be sure our furniture would fit,
figuring how we would set up the rooms, measuring windows and the
such. Gary was planning future development in the unfinished part
of the basement that included where his workshop would go.
We moved in on October 2nd and started unpacking . .
. and unpacking . . . and unpacking. Didnít we have a
garage sale? Where is all this stuff coming from? Do we
really need this? What is this? Maybe Steve can use it, if not
maybe Rob would like it!!!!!
Slowly things began to come together. Once we
had the bed set up and the stove and refrigerator functioning our
next priority was the computers (can't be out of touch can we?)
Gary has been jealous since I got my roll-top desk a couple of
years ago, so he bought himself one as well. Naturally it
had to be a bit bigger than mine. It was set up almost
immediately and both our computers were functioning by the second
day. Within a week we had the kitchen, living room,
bathrooms, and bedrooms all set up and we were hanging pictures,
curtains and blinds. Zak adapted very quickly to his new
surrounding but ZoŽ spent all her time in the bathroom.
It now looks and feels like a home and ZoŽ comes
out of the bathroom more often.
Of course we are still surrounded by mud and will be until
the spring, but all in all it was worth it. The house is
beautiful; we both are very pleased with it and have lots of plans
for it in the future months. We have had one trip so far and have
not worried a bit about leaving it. Of course I have my dad to
pick up the mail and water my plants when we are away.
I wonder if I had a small garden if he would water it in
the summer . . . ???