The hardest part of today (so far) has been waiting for the very, very slow Internet connection. That said, one of the best parts of the day is actually having an Internet connection in this rather remote location. We were convinced that we would have no service, mainly because our phones, on previous visits, had indicated “no service.” Duh!
But we found a tiny one-bar service and boosted it to the point that we are actually connected to civilization as we know it.
At any rate, today has been both relaxing and productive – an odd combination. I did laundry in New Denver and we both established connections with the Credit Union there. Simon has been brushing out the vegetation (read jungle) surrounding the house for hours and hours. And yes, he is making amazing progress. We hiked up to the top of the property – and I do mean hiked. The slope is as steep or steeper than Mount Arrowsmith – and those of you who have done that slope will understand what I mean by steep.
We found our top marker and then hiked back down. I should also note that this exercise in hiking did not involve trails of any kind – those are things we will have to build.
We then smudged our house – every bit of it. Sage and then sweet grass. This is good – I now feel like it’s truly ours. I’ve been eying it carefully. The thing to do with this is to take it one bit at a time. Simon has already begun with the brushing out. If I were staying, I’d be arming myself with buckets of soapy water, lots of old rags and steel wool. However – I am not staying and that’s okay – I know what needs to be done.
I am already planning wall colours and fabrics. I also think I know how to attack the garden – first year, keep it simple and build raised beds all around the house and leading up to the gazebo. In other words, start at the house and work our way out bit by bit. I can already envision how beautiful and productive it’s going to be. First season, integrate the gazebo with the house – worry about the lower garden in year two.
So – having taken possession, I feel much less ungrounded and free-floating. I feel rather more determined to get things moving along, which I will do once I’m back in a couple of months. Meanwhile, my plan is to take care of things back home like taking things to recycling and cleaning out anything the we don’t need. And there too, one thing at a time.
And I’m going to get on with writing.
Tomorrow should be interesting – I’ve been looking at hikes and all of them scare me just a bit – roads to the trailheads are tough or the trails are largely unmarked. So – a challenge? Sure. But together, we can figure this out. We have the truck with the clearance and we have our experience. It seems like one helluva good way to spend a birthday – getting out of my comfort zone yet again. Oh boy!