The move on Friday went very smoothly. Thank goodness for our detached garage/workshop – we’ve stored most of our boxes there. I’m slowly putting our home together but it still feels like a mammoth undertaking. I’ve been working like mad because I find it difficult to live in a state of chaos and will feel much more settled when things are in order.
We hadn’t been here since the day we viewed the property and decided to put in an offer, so there was a lot to discover. Some things were not so pleasant, but they pale in comparison to all the positive things. For example, we appear to have an ant issue in the kitchen but we dealt with this last year and know how to handle it. We also appear to have a resident mouse, which was heard nibbling around my pantry shelves last night. Seems we will be getting a cat sooner than I had thought! We also found out that we do, in fact, have “sulfur water”. This is water that smells of eggs. It’s perfectly safe to drink but most people (including myself) find the smell too unpleasant. Bathing, showering, and brushing teeth are all accompanied by that egg smell, but I’m sure we’ll get used to it after a while. If that’s the worst thing about this place (and so far it appears to be) then we are in good shape. On the plus side, it appears the well is deeper and more prolific than we originally thought. Yesterday there was a total of two adult showers, one kids bath, three loads of laundry, and a run on the dishwasher and we didn’t experience any shortage of water.
And now for the pluses…we have a lovely line of moon lamps along our driveway that are connected to a photosensitive power supply. At dusk they light up and it looks so pretty. The crocuses are coming up in the gardens, and the birds are amazing. From the squawking of red-winged blackbirds to the haunting cries of the ravens, birds abound here. Sitting in the living room one looks out the windows to see dark-eyed juncos playing in the trees and on the grass. I can’t wait to start putting some bird-boxes around the place and seeing what other birds we can attract.
There’s a wild cat who comes around here – the owner left a note and some cat food saying she has been feeding him. He’s a black tom with a wonky eye. He sits on the porch railing sometimes, but runs away as soon as he sees us or the dog.
Mostly I’m just loving the peace and quiet. I love puttering around the house knowing that there aren’t cars and people marching past me just a few feet away. Even though I’m inside somehow I just *feel* the sense of space around me. I love it.
And the outdoors…as you can see from the top photo boots are mandatory ’round here right now. Yesterday my daughter, the self-proclaimed “couch potato” went out at least 4 times to explore the area with the dog. I’ve been able to hike around and explore the neighbourhood myself and am delighting in the numerous trails around here.
I’ll end this with a photo of the view outside one of our living room windows. This is the northwest corner of the “back” yard, behind which is crown land.