Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Home Not Simply a House

All is quiet and beautiful this lovely summer day in Burton. The boats are motoring by with biscuits hauling kids behind. Summer has arrived. We would like to keep this weather for at least three months.

Our world has been a busy one as we prepare our home for sale. The plan is to have it ready to go on the market in September. If all goes well this will be our last summer here after thirty years. As usual, we cannot believe we have lived here this long although it also feels as if it was just yesterday that we were moving in. Such is life.

It is time for us to have a smaller home.  But our hope is that someone will want to buy this home rather than simply purchase a house. 

It appears to be the flavour of the real estate market now that the sellers clear out most of their own things before potential buyers come. We have not been advised to do that other than the odd family photo. And not because our house is spartan. If anything some would find we have more stuff than they would like but the three agents we had through and the real estate appraiser all said it was show ready. We really live in this house and always have so it's not a show home. We worked hard to create a warm and inviting place for ourselves and our children.  From what the realtors tell us we have been successful.

I'm going to include here some of my favourite photos of the place. If you know someone who would love to have a home on the banks of the Saint John River in New Brunswick Canada send them our way.


wide pine plank floors

front entrance with screen door

Front June 2016

across the front of the property

the shady driveway

dutchman's pipe with rain barrel

river out back

back view of house

a few apple trees for the birds

gathering room

plants thrive in sunny rooms

summertime comfort

doors onto deck

perennials and  potted annuals

wild rose bush adds heavenly perfume to deck


  1. Beautiful post, Mary! I have so many happy memories of being at your house. You will make wherever you live equally beautiful, because you and Mike are such warm and wonderful people and that gets reflected in your decorating. Whoever gets your house will be truly lucky!

    1. Thank you Wendy. We are lucky people that we got to live in this bit of paradise for as long as we have. Looking forward to a little small city life too.

  2. What beautiful pictures! Who would not want to buy that house! September will be a lovely time to show it.