Visit to the Property
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Oh my God, this is perfect!” Brady and Alicia walked through the property together. “I was afraid that it would just be a field when Demetra’s mother told us about it. “
Alicia agreed. “I think I like Riverblossom Hills, too.”
The two friends headed directly to two buildings at the back of the site.
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“This looks like a great storage space for our food and supplies. We can start filling it up with our stuff, now, even before we move in. Those hippies built a pretty good building. It just needs some paint.” Alicia started planning the space in her head.
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“This heater is a real antique. I hope it doesn’t explode. I see they left plenty of chopped wood. We should be able to get as much as we want from the forest behind us.
“Let’s see what the other building is.” Alicia was already striding over to the small building on the east side of the property. “It’s a real bathroom, but yuck. Only one step up from an outhouse. How did so many people get by with so little privacy? No wonder it all came apart.”
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Alicia gives the structure a quick inspection. “Some tile and updated features will make it good as new. I guess they were here long enough to put in a well and run pipes to the bathroom. It seems pretty small for six people. Even friendly people.”
Brady sighed, “Way better than I was expecting though. I kinda thought we might be hauling buckets from the pond.” Both Sims shuddered at the thought.
Carter and Demetra had wandered off to the southwest side of the lot. There was a loud shout, Alicia and Brady trotted over to them.
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“It is a mature orchard!” Carter exclaimed.
“I told you so,” said Demetra. “Mom said these trees were planted over 40 years ago. A bit of pruning and a good talking-to will get them producing right away.”
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“Did you check out the pond? I can actually see the fish swimming around! I can totally see this property supporting us.” Carter doesn’t even try to hide his excitement. “I can’t wait to get my hook into the water!”
“What about sleeping arrangements? Looks like they started a couple of buildings but never finished them.” Apparently the former owners had changed their minds about sleeping arrangements several times. All that remained were some foundations.
“Tents for now, then a construction project as we go along. I wouldn’t mind learning a little carpentry.” Carter was really talking fast now and the others could see that he getting into the idea of roughing it.
“I know you said it isn’t camping, Alicia, but it sure feels like it to me. I really liked camping as a kid. Can we have a bonfire?”
Alicia couldn’t help smiling while she put together a list of immediate purchases and called for their first vote. Elliot and Faun had arrived and joined the others in the orchard.
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They agreed to purchase two large solar panels and 6 tents.
“I think the panels could run two refrigerators, and there is already a propane tank on the property, for the hot water heater.” Elliott had majored in Physics and had a good grasp of things mechanical.
Two used refrigerators were added to the list.
“Let’s have a look at the well and see about replacing the electric pump with a wind-powered pump. Elliot, would you like to go into town to check this out and get us some quotes?” Alicia noted this on her list.
“Sure thing,” responded Elliot. “I can drive a hard bargain.”
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Alicia is on a roll, “At first we can cook on the old grill, but we should look into getting a wood burning stove.
“Do we have volunteers to keep the books and do the buying?”
“I can do the books, I took a couple of accounting classes,” Faun volunteered. Alicia was again surprised. Faun had not said much so far, and Alicia was ashamed that she had fallen prey to the stereotype that really attractive people were inherently stupid.
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Demetra volunteered to help with the buying. Shopping was her favorite pastime aside from partying.
They ended by agreeing to meet back on the first.
“Everybody bring all the supplies you can beg, borrow or steal. We should grab as many sacks and crates of food as we can lay our hands on and some barrels to store water. Be sure and tell your families that they are expected to visit whenever they want. I know my dad is quite worried, but we’ll be in touch as long as we can.”
“Whoever had easels, sewing machines, pottery wheels, in college, please bring them if you kept them. That’s going to be our only income for the next 12 months. Good luck to all of us!”
Special thanks to Cerulean Talon for the bathroom that is going to make their lives miserable!