For instance, we took a quick trip to the Battlefords because Paul had some training to do and we tagged along. We went to see the property. It was my first time. Although Google Earth is a swell tool and it is great for the aerial view, there is nothing quite like the lateral 3D view one can only get standing right out in it.
First things first. I was oh so pleasantly surprised by its proximity to the Battlefords. Now we live about 25 minutes from a city. This was about 5, tops. After turning off of the highway just past the town of Battleford we went onto a winding gravel road. We passed a horse farm and a cattle ranch and then before I knew it, we were there. We could see evidence of the road being impassable with snow at some point. This was a very snowy winter. When we pulled up to our lot it was almost surreal to me. I didn't think we would need our snowshoes but little Miss A wanted hers on. After we took her picture near the sign and Paul strapped on her snowshoes, we were off. And about 50 yards later she was on her knees with a bellyache. It seems she had swallowed half of the hotel pool water although she assures me the water level did not drop at all. So, Paul sends me forth and takes her down to the road to sit in the car. I take several steps and stop. There are fresh moose prints in the snow and I imagine being charged by a bull moose. I was surprised by my fear. Not paralyzing fear but just a cautious anxiety. I waited for Paul right where I stood.
It was so quiet and still except for a scolding squirrel who I never did see. There were animal prints everywhere. Hares, fox, deer and moose. I noted the trees. Mostly aspens. Lots of underbrush. Dogwoods for sure. I spied at least one maple from where I stood. Perhaps we could get enough sap to make a half cup of syrup. I bet there will be more. I also noted some Black Knot. I didn't like that. Not much. Maybe I could cut it away.
(Paul pacing out where the house will go)
(Athena playing in a stream at Waskesiu last year)
(View from the back of the house where the kitchen and my room will be)
(View from the front of the house, which will face north and will afford nights of sitting on the porch
looking at the Northern Lights. I have been wanting this for so long I have even thought of that!)
(Lot 13 is not unlucky, and nor is this owl who has returned to our spruce.
That is what I tell myself anyway.)