Pictured above is the pandan tree that our Floridian clients transplanted from the land they sold, to their garden. Our clients loved this tree so much that they were willing to spend time and many dollars to go through the process of uprooting it (it took two years, a back hoe and a crane) to replanti it in their garden.
In order to move the tree, a quarter of the roots (the long straight sticks in the ground) are cut and put into a nourishing mixture of soil and supplements. This is repeated with the rest of the roots until they all join. Lastly the tree is carefully uprooted (the tap root) is joined with the rest of the roots. As they all weave with each other, the tree is ready for its new home.
At the end of 2020, it will have been 11 years that we have posted on Active Rain. It took a while for the roots we were planting to establish themselves. The nourishment came from a gentleman (who was ousted for some unknown reason to me) noticed our posts, and exposed our work to his huge sphere. Thanks to him others joined.
Little by little we grew a tree of luxury real estate branding and marketing posts.. I think we have made our point that what we are sharing is applicable to every home whether it is a double wide or a 125 million dollar mansion with 80 acres. You have to have a brand to get listings, marketing savvy regardless of the price...
One of the best aspects of being on this platform other than its remarkable longevity is having met over 40 members which include meet ups in Los Angeles, as well as in our travels. Each and every member has been a delight.
A few days ago I wrote a post wanting to thank Active Rain members, and tagged at least 50 members (met and yet to un-met). When I went to publish it, the pink line came up saying I could only have 10 tags. As I started the arduous process of un-tagging, the post disappeared. I took that as a clue inviting me to write something completely different.
When I was growing up, one of my grandfather's best friends from Russia (the Tsarist version) came to visit us with his wife in Beirut. He had escaped the revolution and the mayhem it caused by having been posted at the time in Shanghai.
I sat fascinated by his adventures and tales, and when he was about to leave, I shook his hand, curtsied and said "Thank you!". He answered, "The luxury is mine!"
I never forgot this sentence, I still see him in my memory as clear as it was that day. I have used his line for special moments. So after 11 years here on Active Rain, I can heartily say: " Thank you to all (past and present), and the luxury is mine/ours!"