Lady Of The Manor


I may have bought a house.

When I say “may”, I mean that I have agreed to buy it, and the seller has agreed to sell. This being Ireland, it’ll be anything from six weeks to six months until the banks and the solicitors have pushed sufficient amounts of paper around, and all sorts of things could still go wrong.

So, I probably shouldn’t be shouting it out to the world just yet. But then again, I think I’m perfectly capable of letting you know if it does fall through, and that everyone who reads this is intelligent enough to get it. This is real life. Shit happens.

Having said that, I have a good feeling about this. I mean, just look at it! Isn’t it so pretty? It’s in perfect condition too, and the sellers are a local family whom I’ve met and instantly clicked with. We liked each other, which is why I immediately offered the maximum of what I could afford, and they agreed to it although it was less than what they had been asking for (and what the house is worth, quite frankly).

In other words, I got a bargain. If and when the sale is done, when I’ve painted the rooms and moved in, I’ll of course provide more pictures. It’s just so lovely, wooden floors everywhere, a woodburning stove in the living room… Also, insulated to the nines, which is important in Ireland where heating fuel costs a fortune. And it has a lovely big garden, too. The best part is, it’s in South Co Mayo, exactly where I wanted to end up but didn’t think I could afford anything! It’s like a dream.

In short, I’m a very happy hag! Any good thought mojo you might be inclined to send for a swift and painless buying process, is now gratefully accepted.

I’ve some more news, though. After spending slightly more on the house than I’d been hoping to spend (much as it’s totally worth it), I realised that I’ll need to earn some extra money, pronto. My Coaching biz is ticking along, but I’ve also been doing additional work in the last year or so, and I’ve decided to take that to the next level and “make it official” as something like a second business.

It’s not new, exactly. In fact, this is what I’ve done since university days, and never really stopped doing because I just love teaching and I love languages.

Meet The Bilinguist!

(that’s me, in case you hadn’t guessed)

I know a lot of talented people who write books – both fictional and non-fictional – or have blogs and websites and whatnot. Well, here I am offering my language services in both English and German. Please spread the word! And let me know if you have any project in mind. Nothing’s too small, I promise, and my prices are very competitive.

Or do you know anyone who’d like to learn German? Here’s your chance, no matter where in the world you’re based. I have over 20 years of experience of teaching German as a foreign language, beginners to advanced, at universities and private language schools.

In Massbrook, with Sandy and Ali

It all feels so right, you know? It’s an insane amount of work, on top of a daytime job, but both my businesses are based on my passions, they’re what I love doing and do really well. It’s “happy work”.

Of course, I do need to get out, too. Thankfully, my friends have got my back; when I put out the word that I’m more or less grounded at home, they rallied and announced visits, and they came. And I jealously guard my Mayo-days which are usually spent alone in the woods but these days sometimes include company – such as Sandy and Ali, as seen in the picture above, and the folks who came to shoot with my club a few weeks ago. I made a short video about it, actually, here it is. Enjoy!


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24 thoughts on “Lady Of The Manor

      1. Catherine Conway

        I am beyond delighted for you, I know how much this means to you! In terms of your Germany language skills, have you thought about offering grinds to school people? It can be quite lucrative!

      2. Thank you! I have indeed thought about it, but I need to be location independent and therefore work online. Also, I much prefer working with people who actually want to learn the language! 🤣

  1. Well done sibyll…a huge step in your life…you will soon be the proud owner of your own home… have become truly Irish……we love to own homes. I will look forward to seeing photos of the interior. Blessings and light

    1. Thank you! I’ve lived abroad for years, and really everyone loves to own their home, although we tend to think it’s an Irish specialty… The majority of people used to be disposessed for much of history, and to own one’s house provides this deep seated sense of safety ❤️

  2. hamguin

    Big joy, Sibylle! Not unlike having a child, owning a home is both the best blessing and the largest curse.

    Selective memory has helped me be thrilled to have raised four daughters and owned several different homes.

    Focus on the joy, and best of luck in a smooth passage of the papers.


    1. Thank you! Trust me, it’s nothing but a blessing here. Renting in Ireland is unaffordable and shitty, I’ve had to move house upwards of 12
      times in the past 14 years. Not that owning is a piece of cake, far from it, but compared to the alternative, it’s gold 🙂

  3. Gratuliere Sibylle!

    Ein Bankdirektor hat mir vor vielen Jahren einmal im Vertrauen gesagt, dass sie in erster Linie die Person beleihen. Also hast du bestimmt kein Problem mit einem Kredit fuer deine “neue Heimat”.

    Trotzdem viel Glueck Sibylle, ich glaube an dich, du hast es echt drauf 👍👍👍


    1. Danke dir! Den Kredit habe ich auch schon, nur muss der ganze rechtliche Kram noch ueber die Buehne gehen (bank validation, land registration, bla bla…). Ich hoffe nur, dass alles klappt und nicht zu lange dauert!

  4. Jami Trager

    Congratulations, Sibylle! I’m so happy for you! Sending you good energy so that the paperwork and transition goes swiftly and smoothly. I’m just envisioning you sitting at your piano filling your new house with beautiful music and joy with a big smile on your face. 😊

    1. Oh that’s a beautiful image, thank you! Now I’m visualising the same thing. Gods, I hope it’ll come true soon ❤ The big smile will follow automatically!

  5. Inga

    I’m soooo happy for you! Cried buckets of joy when you told me, I know how hard you’ve worked for this and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Can’t wait to come and visit your new home! Fingers crossed for a smooth close. Big hugs!!!

    1. Thank you, hun! Don’t know what I would have done without you as a sounding board and sanity saver during these past months ❤ Big hugs back!!

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