Here’s a quick blog update from Island Cohousing. It would be easy to say that because of lockdown not much has been going on. That’s not true. What I really mean is that none of the fun stuff that I’m really looking forward to is going on!
It’s ages since I met with more than one member or director of our group in person.
The last time was way back in the summer when four of us met for a walk and potential swim down at Wheeler’s Bay. This did not go as planned. Within minutes we were chasing a poor Herring gull who had his foot attached to his beak by a huge ugly barbed fishing lure. It didn’t take long before we had thrown a towel over the poor thing and scooped him up. It was easy to see that he would need to be anaesthetised to be disentangled, so in minutes after meeting up we had gone our separate ways, me with a huge hot herring gull on my lap being sped by Sue to the wild bird sanctuary in Cowes! The gull recovered and was released, and Sue and I ended up having a lovely swim. Although this did not go as planned it was great to see our group in action. If I’d been by myself it would have been hard to help, but as a group it was easily dealt with. Hope the analogy I’m making is clear!
Now this is exciting. We have identified a piece of land. Planning does look possible to obtain and the owners want to sell it to us. The next stage which the landowner has said they are happy, in theory, to go through with will be to secure an option for this piece of land. For those who don’t know an option just means that we would agree a sale price and then have a set amount of time to decide if we want to actually make the purchase. Once this is in place we can actively apply for planning and get our membership galvanised and expanded. We will be much closer to saying this is what we can build, and this is where is will be, and this is how much it will cost. I think that is going to be such an exciting time!
I for one am looking forward to the time when not ALL our meetings will be on Zoom. I’m sure some of them still will be as we are all so busy that finding a good time for everyone is always a struggle. I enjoy seeing everyone but it’s often the incidental things I really enjoy. I was really surprised at our last meeting to find out that I am in the minority of members who DO NOT own an electric bike! What a swizz, I live in by far the hilliest part of the Island! Really looking forward to a non-zoom meeting and getting to eat some of everyone’s cake!