After a long long drive from Vancouver Island, B.C. we finally arrived in the Annapolis Valley on August 13th, 2011 with 4 of our children, the dog and 2 cats. It has taken us a little while to get everything sorted out such as registering the kids for school, finding work, unpacking a never ending pile of boxes and all the other things that come along with a long distance move.
We drove across Canada in a 1972 Chevy motorhome (a very small one) pulling a small home-made trailer loaded with the stuff we considered essential. Due to weight limits, we couldn't bring everything so some careful packing and then re-packing was necessary. No furniture came with us and books, LP's and other heavy things were kept to a sentimental few.
Now that the kids are settled into school we are getting our Appliance Repair business up and running again and my husband is also working full-time. I'm working for welcome wagon. We've connected with church groups, welcome wagon, riding lessons for the kids, 4 H and other programs that are available locally. We love our rental house in Greenwood but are looking forward to being able to buy our very own farm here in the valley.
The Valley is beautiful. Gently rolling hills and farmland from the marshes to the trees and woodlands on the mountains, it's the perfect micro-climate for growers like we are. We are into October and have had only 2 cool evenings but have not yet had to turn on the heat. The trees look beautiful with their red and gold leaves against the dark pines and all around is the smell of fall with it's leaves and apples.
Do we have regrets about moving to Nova Scotia? No, not at all. We do miss our grown children and Grandkids but are looking forward to their first visit in the Spring. The people are welcoming and friendly and there is a sense of peace and contentment here that's not to be found in any big city. It can take some people a little time to slow down and adjust to the pace of life but this is a good place to raise your children or retire. Although Halifax and Dartmouth are an easy drive, we have everything we need locally and shop closer to home. As far as quality of life goes...we've found it here.
If you want to know more about us and our little homestead-to-be, please check out our blog at humblebee-farm.blogspot.com where we share a mix of homesteading wisdom, local area information, family goings on and anything interesting that captures our fancy.
And we hope to see you in Nova Scotia soon!