I'm finally settling in to what will be my home for the next few months. My parents and I are staying in a house, owned by my uncle, that is on the edge of the property that he and my father are developing for residential subdivions. The property is located a number of miles from the city of Moncton. It's nestled in a green, grand forest filled with the sights and sounds of birds and forest critters (and, sadly, the bugs).
I've been quite busy over the last week and a bit, helping my parents settle into the house and such. In terms of actual work developing the land, I haven't been involved in much, save cleaning and organizing the garage (no small task!) and several bits of yardwork (including taking down and rebuilding a small garden wall). However, more work will be coming, eventually.
As for the long run, I'm actually considering moving to and teaching in Fredericton, New Brunswick. From what I've seen of it, it's a lovely university town. Granted, it's not quite as a magical as Victoria, and it's perched on the banks of a river, rather than an ocean, but it may do just fine, especially given the serious economic downturns in BC (damn pine beetle!) that will likely result in migration away from there (and, consequently, falling school registers).
Meanwhile, as you may have guessed, I am now computer enabled and have ready access to the internet. That means I can soon start into the backlog of photo blog entries that I've been needing to do. I'll start with pics of where I'm living now.
Yep, even on a riding lawn mower, that front yard takes a while to mow. *chuckle*
In this shot, you can see the front end of the garage (which is monumental), a bit of the back yard, the trailer (caravan for the Brits (btw, that 'caravan' is over 34 feet long and features three tip out sections)), and, in the background, the barn.
Here's another view of that trailer.
This is the house from the back. Yes, the building on the right is the garage.
The original wall of the garden feature was falling apart as it was set improperly, allowing the stones to bulge outwards. Furthermore, there wasn't actually enough stones to complete the wall as it was originally intended. I took it completely down, shrunk the oval, set the stones at a slight inward incline so they press in together, and even took an artistic liberty or two with the arrangement. I'm rather pleased with the overall effect. Not bad for my first dabbling with landscaping, eh?
And now for the interior of the house:
The kitchen is quite spacious with plenty of storage. It opens out into a number of rooms and a corridor.
The house features a sunken floor living room and features open architecture, large windows, and a fireplace.
My room is the smallest bedroom in the house, but, like the rest of it, is bright and airy, with a vaulted ceiling.
In general, the house features a lot of large, open areas and huge, bright windows. The house is set along a north/south axis, so sunlight (when it occurs) pours in from one side or the other. The overall effect is one of airy brightness.
Finally, here is one of our 'neighbours':
He lives under the corner of the barn. This woodchuck is one of many bits of wildlife we see on a regular basis, which includes a bunny, a large woodpecker, and a bald eagle. Around the property, one can find signs of other wildlife, such as deer tracks, and the woods are always filled with sounds of birds, frogs, and insects.
Yep, overall, not a bad place to spend some time. *grin*