After considerable reflection and discussion, we have made the big decision to leave Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood and move to a smaller environmentally-friendly city apartment. We have enjoyed our four years here and learnt a lot. It’s been a great transition for us from the 28 acres of earthtalk@awhitu, and we appreciate the friendships we’ve established with residents and families both within Earthsong and in the wider Ranui community . However, over time we’ve realised that our lifestyle here has been rather more like our busy lifestyle at earthtalk than we expected – lots of work and lots of people!
As we move into our mid-70s (Charmaine has just turned 75, and Tanya will be 72 this year) we want to downsize our housing situation, and shed more of the belongings we brought with us. We also need to step aside from the work responsibilities that are part of a self-managing community- we no longer have the physical and emotional resources to keep on contributing actively to Earthsong projects. In fact, as we age, we rather like the idea of living in an environment that is “being managed”, rather than being part of the management process!
We are not in a hurry to leave- when we sell, we are hoping to move to a “green” apartment in the city, hopefully in one of the innovative buildings created by Ockham Developments, where we can continue to enjoy access to diverse city activities and time with friends and family, and maybe have time to do some writing.
If you know a family who might be interested in buying a beautiful freehold 4-bedroom home and productive garden in a vibrant co-housing community, please tell them to get in touch with us! House prices here are not exorbitant (unlike those in much of Auckland), and living costs are considerably lower because of the cooperative and environmental features of the village.
See www.earthsong.org.nz for more information