We purchased Fox Hill Hollow in August 2014 and commenced a project that will no doubt last us a lifetime. Our aim is to eventually spend some of our time living on the land in a home that we will build ourselves using shipping containers as the base. But ours is not a singularly focused goal, we also want to learn about the land while experiencing it and having fun. We want (and hope) to leave the land in a better state than when we found it, want to create memories, explore, relax and grow. To stretch ourselves and figure out problems together and to sit back and enjoy the many great sunsets and equally fantastic starlit nights.
When we first purchased the property I was full of deadlines, goals and time-sheets but the land quickly reminded us who’s boss, dumping snow, felling trees and saturating us with week after week of rain. Time is different out west, things have their own pace and we need to go with that flow and learn from that, become that.
We are looking forward to the day when Fox Hill Hollow can open its doors to travellers, students and weary souls looking for a rest, inspiration or adventure. We hope to make that happen, to share this with others soon, well, soon enough, but for now we are just taking things one day and one challenge at a time and that feels just wonderful!
If you are wondering where the name comes from it is simple really:
Fox – Foxon (Amanda’s maiden name)
Hill – Hill (Aub’s name and our family name)
Hollow – We just love the creek on our block and down there we found a couple of wombat hollows that reminded us of Winnie the Poo. It seemed fitting and very sweet to honour our native animal co-inhabitants. A slightly longer version of our name story including how it helps with our mission can be found here.