Living Large

All photos taken on June 26, 2022.

We had often planned to bicycle out West of Beaumont to explore the new Royal Oaks subdivision, but Township Road 510 was far too busy and narrow for our cycling comfort.

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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

4 thoughts on “Living Large

  1. Those are some interesting looking homes, not really my taste, but all that space would be nice. I wouldn’t want to live far from civilization. Jon’s parents built a house in a new subdivision when they moved outside Atlanta and it took forever to get stores and places still feel far away.

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    1. Too big and boxy for me and too far from everything, a Walk Score of -35, methinks. The chauffeur would have to drive for coffee creamer. We like our location. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Hope you had a great weekend. Allan

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  2. I knew a family outside of Medicine Hat that had a braced old barn. The owner told me that once they got their $20,000 For it being a 100 years old then they would tear it down. There is a company in saskatchewan that tears down big old buildings and sells the wood to be reused. Sustainability. So much farmland is being lost to single dwelling homes. With between climate change and economic factors you would think that most people would want to live closer to services. Says the lady who lives in a big old house in the country. But in my defense our land is sustaining itself and our house was not made a new wood and we’ve made it as climate friendly as possible. Certainly looks like an interesting bike ride but I can see why it’s not what you do a lot of

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    1. Recycled old barn wood would be a real treat for carpenters and woodworkers to work with. I cannot see this repurposing of agricultural land to oversized exurbs being smart or sustainable. I know everyone wants their piece of heaven, but urban planners and zoning authorities need to get a handle on this and slow the sprawl. Your reuse and renewal of an old house on functioning farm land seems to be a better example of sustainable housing and best purpose for the land Bernie. We will not be going out to Royal Oak any time soon again. Thanks for reading. Allan

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