Well it has been busy over here – outside the blogosphere. We bought our new home, moved in (and unpacked!), completed a few urgent renos – I even studied Reiki and am now a level 2 practitioner.
While I wait for my latest DIY project (the ugly fireplace) to dry before continuing, I thought I would fill you in on my current adventure.
Mission BC is quite beautiful to look at. Nestled between the Pacific Coastal Mountain Range and the Cascade Range, there is a view from each direction.
A stunning view – if you like mountains, lakes and rivers.
More on that later, of course. I plan to do a lot of local exploration – it is beautiful here!
There is a fantastic park not far from my residence – ‘Heritage Park’. It has a varied history, and once was occupied by an Aboriginal residential school. The foundations still remain.
There are plenty of trails into nature worth exploring, as well as many groomed trails – and of course an epic view. There are even ‘love locks’ here.
I have not yet added mine, but will keep you posted :D.
And I haven’t even mentioned Our Lady of Lourdes yet. Named ‘the grotto’, our Lady sits perched above Mission (yes, a ‘Mission’ operated here – and there is still a functioning monastery named Westminster Abbey).
Every Easter between 5 and 7 thousand people gather here to celebrate and pay homage. I am hoping we will be able to make our way over this year.
*UPDATE* The pilgrimage doesn’t happen at Easter – it happens in August!
I plan to learn more about this little building – its history and development. I am sure I will be pleased by what I discover.
I have yet to be disappointed by our drastic move. We put quite a distance from ourselves and ‘downtown’ (meaning Vancouver). Something we hadn’t previously considered doing.
No regrets (yet!).
Our new home has an epic yard that needs a bit of love. I can tell someone once cherished this space – but it was years ago. I estimate 6 or 7, actually.
Horribly overgrown and hiding many unusual ‘gifts’ (like the mens underwear I found in the back yard!), I know what I will be doing this summer!
Gardening, lots and lots of yard maintenance, trimming pruning and more gardening.
This is my first yard officially. I have been an ‘urban dweller’ up to this point and have not been afforded the land luxury. I am quite excited.
And yes, I am still reformatting here…well not at this exact moment…at this exact moment I am getting back to the fireplace to slather on what I hope will be the last coat of paint!
Back to my normal schedule soon :).
Additional photos in the slideshow.