Winter 2013 - Summer 2014
To get things started I wanted to show some of the houses we visited during the winter as we began house-hunting. We spent a tremendous amount of time viewing houses online and traveled all over Ontario to do viewings. Unfortunately I rarely took photos but on one of the trips the snow was so ridiculous I had to take a few pictures. The property pictured here was a bit out of town and so buried in snow that we thought there would be no way of really living there. Ironically the home we ended up deciding on is also a bit out of town and was so buried in snow on the day we visited that we got stuck in the driveway for an hour. In that case it seemed like the house had picked us and wouldn't let us leave! But, before posting the pics of the new house here is the one we saw near Owen Sound. Really, there is a house under that snow somewhere:
Now here below is an artist rendering of our new house as seen on the day we viewed it and got stuck in the driveway. Well we didn't exactly "see" the house that day but such trivial things as that are hardly important when deciding to buy a house. We just knew that we liked whatever was under the snow so we bought it.
And next is the very same view as above but as seen in July.
Below is a collection of photos taken on the first day up at the new house. We picked up the keys earlier in the day, drove to the house and spent the rest of the day enjoying the views. I was more interested in the outdoors that day and didn't take any pictures of all the empty rooms inside. But I can describe them for you now: there were rooms, a lot of them, and they were empty. Now that is out of the way I can show you some views from outside.
The main roads around here make a really nice scenic drive and the traffic is usually pretty light. But on weekends and holidays things can get busy. Here's what rush-hour looks like on a typical weekday vs a typical weekend. The endless line of bumper-to-bumper cars are people from the GTA fleeing the city for the weekend. That stream of traffic going north and lack of traffic heading to Toronto illustrates the point well that huge numbers of people are willing to go to great lengths to come up here while very few feel inclined to head to the dirty city on their days off.
A day of firsts: First swim in the pond, first test of the showers (the showers are much nicer to use here than at the old house), and the first test of the swings.
Early August 2014 nature found in our forest, on our lawns and in the nearby fields: Rusty Patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis), Dragonfly mating pair White-Faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum), cluster of small red mushrooms which I thought at first were berries on the ground, Cornflower, Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis), a couple types of woodland fungus, Sandhill Cranes and a few views from around the neighbourhood.
Today's pics are brought to you by the letter "T". Tractor and Turtle egg. One of the neighbours has this nice looking restored vintage tractor on his lawn. The turtle egg was found in some sand that was being excavated. I rescued the egg and hope it hatches!
The otter in our pond. He enjoys catching all the frogs, fish and tadpoles. When he is finished cleaning out the pond he'll move onto a new pond and another buffet.
Some views from the road, shot from the back seat while zooming through the country. Devon got some nice shots and a few cool abstract images.
We've needed something to cut the 9+ acres of lawn and have investigated the various options for the last couple months. For this much space we really need something large but those machines are quite expensive. To get us started we decided to just get a ride on lawn tractor. Though we ordered the largest type in this category of tractor it's still probably far too small for such a big job. When the delivery truck arrived the poor little tractor trembled and cried when he saw where he had been left. I decided to go easy on him on his first day and only cut 2 acres. I would have done more but a violent thunder storm rolled in so I had to suddenly stop before that section was finished, otherwise I would have taken some pics to show the results of the cut.