This past weekend we went to a concert in Gibbston Valley. This valley is one of my favorite places in New Zealand. Filled with row after row of vines growing future wine nestled amongst these majestic mountains. Throughout NZ during the summer months, concerts are held at vineyards all over the country. Music and wine, well that is always a good combination!!
We went to see Three Dog Night, Foreigner, and Heart (three of my husband’s favorite bands). Foreigner was my favorite of the three and was again on that day. It was such a fun afternoon surrounded by what I like to call "NZ splendor" and enjoy good food, wine, and company. Jamming to some great classics, "be a jukebox hero, got stars in his eyes” Ah-mazing!
Now, for quite some time my husband and I have been looking at property in and around Queenstown. At first I thought that I wanted to get something in the center of the town. Then we started contemplating buying land and building and would spend many a weekend morning discussing all the options that were before us. We even went so far as the contact realtors and look at a few properties. But there was never a moment when we both went, “this is the one.” Last month we put the search on hold after the process began to bring more frustration than enjoyment.
Segway back to the concert, where my hubbie and I both thought that Gibbston Valley could be a great place to have a home. This lead to an online search, which then lead to a drive on Sunday, and this drive took us to an amazing property. Standing on it, looking out at the mountains with the vineyard spreading out below us….that familiar but rare feeling rushed over me and I knew “this is it!” Far less poetic, my husband’s “ah-ha” moment was when a couple living in the same area stopped to offer their help and ended up sharing a photo of the latest deer the wife had shot from the kitchen, LOL!
Then there was a week filled with a flurry of calls, offers, paperwork and texts back and forth. Today, I am very happy to announce that we are officially landowners of a beautiful piece of Gibbston Valley. We even met with an architect yesterday (eek!). It’s very surreal that in such a short period of time we are beginning this amazing journey of building our first house. Surreal, as well as exciting and slightly terrifying!!
I feel so lucky to be at the start of this process (feels like the first time...). Proving, once again, that in life when it’s meant to be it’s meant to be! Was that a line from an 80’s rock ballad? Well, it should have been!