March 2023

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It was June of 2009, when we finally bit the bullet and bought a house in the country.  Not just any house but a century house.  Our home is  situated by a little village called Hastings, about a half hour east of Peterborough in the Kawarthas, on the Trent System.

What prompted us was a trip to Slovenia about eight months prior.  We visited the land of my birth.  Never having been there before – that’s a story onto itself – we didn’t know what to expect.  What we got was rolling hills and vinyards wherever we looked.  It was almost surreal.  The people were friendly, prosperous, hip but with an old fashioned sense of right and wrong.  My husband and I fell in love.

Back in Canada, we decided to look for our own Slovenia in our own back yard, so to speak.  We searched for months, scanning every real estate ad available.  Around March, we took the case up seriously and began our weekend treks through all of southern Ontario.  By May, we found our home, rolling hills and all, but no vinyards.  The end of June came, we closed on a Wednesday and moved on Friday, would you believe?

So here we are in our own sanctuary in a two story home on an acre of land within walking distance of the village of Hastings, population 1000.  And from here we hope to spend the rest of our days in peace and harmony.

I hope you visit often, leave your comments and suggestions.  God knows, we need all the help we can get.