Cou­ple find their land of op­por­tu­nity

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jes­sica Howard

HE has spent years ex­tolling the virtues of coun­try liv­ing in Tassie. Now, prop­erty agent and Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Tas­ma­nia pres­i­dent Adrian Kelly is mak­ing a move to “prac­tise what I preach”.

Kelly and part­ner Peter Bul­ti­tude are in the process of mak­ing a tree change from their water­front Sandy Bay unit to ru­ral Wood­bridge.

They have set them­selves up in a con­verted shed, which they will up­grade to in­clude a kitchen and bath­room, on the 3ha prop­erty.

Even now, it would be an in­jus­tice to call this just a shed.

The french doors, pic­ture win­dows and eclec­tic fur­ni­ture make for a com­fort­able liv­ing space in progress.

Af­ter liv­ing in their con­verted shed for a few years, the cou­ple plan to build a new house.

“We had a great time in Sandy Bay, but got a bit bored,” Peter said.

“We want to grow our own food and pro­duce our own meat and en­joy the com­mu­nity life­style down here.”

Orig­i­nally look­ing for land in ar­eas such as Moun­tain River and Al­lens Rivulet, the pair found many prop­er­ties needed too much work.

“We were a bit dis­heart­ened,” Peter said. “We vis­ited friends and fl icked through the [ Mer­cury] real es­tate guide while we were there and Adrian saw this.

“We shot down for a view­ing that af­ter­noon and the shed was here and the gar­den or­gan­ised. We knew then what we could work off.

“We were look­ing for about 15- 20 acres [ about 6- 8ha] and I’m glad we didn’t get it be­cause this is seven and it’s enough for us, as we’re still work­ing full- time.”

The Chan­nel re­gion was not al­ways the top of their list as a lo­ca­tion, Adrian said.

“We weren’t even look­ing down this way be­cause we thought it was too far to drive,” he said.

“We were wor­ried com­ing down here that no one would visit us, but ev­ery weekend, all hours of the day, peo­ple just love go­ing for a drive in the coun­try.”

Buy­ing the land in Oc­to­ber, Adrian and Peter have man­aged to do quite a bit of work in their fi rst three months.

A flour­ish­ing veg­gie gar­den, ex­pand­ing or­chard, dam and 11 Hamp­shire Downs sheep are now per­ma­nent fi xtures on the prop­erty.

“This is all new for me and I love it,” Adrian said.

“It’s ad­dic­tive. What has sur­prised us is the neigh­bours and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Our neigh­bours have been in­cred­i­bly wel­com­ing. We have eggs and cu­cum­bers be­ing de­liv­ered to the front door.”

Added Peter: “We asked one neigh­bour over for a drink, said don’t bring a thing, and she turned up with a cab­bage, zuc­chi­nis, a dozen eggs, a pun­net of rasp­ber­ries, a bag of broad beans and three dif­fer­ent berry plants for the gar­den.”

Tucked away in the hills, away from the high­way, the prop­erty is a haven for na­tive wildlife such as spot­ted quolls and wal­la­bies.

“We’ve got a pair of wedge- tailed ea­gles nest­ing in one of the dead trees on the bor­der of the prop­erty,” Adrian said. “They’re huge – their wing­span is in­cred­i­ble. “It was all dol­phins, fi sh and seals in Sandy Bay and down here it’s the same thing but dif­fer­ent.”

We were wor­ried com­ing down here that no one would visit us, but ev­ery weekend, all hours of the day, peo­ple just love go­ing for a drive in the coun­try

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