Long time no see! Ooh it's been a busy week, and I'm now writing this under the influence of half a bottle of champagne, so please forgive the typos.
The furniture has arrived, and all boxes have been unpacked, with the assistance of the 'unpacking crew'. The house is now full of randomly placed furniture and ornaments; one room is 'finished', that's the living room. Also the kitchen is done, but of course will be rearranged over the course of the next six months or so. Son's bedroom is finished but in his joy at seeing his books again, he has taken almost all of them off the shelves, and they are now on the floor.
I have driven my truck; first around the property (son riding in the back waving his plastic sword), then into Edmonton under the supervision of husband. I like driving, and I'm not intimidated by cities at all (learnt to drive in South London) but after the day driving in and out of the city I was exhausted. Really, the driving is so easy because the roads are all sooooo straight with the occasional 90degree turn, it's just the road junctions, and different signing that makes me have to think at all times.
I have mastered the sit-on mower and had a ball driving it around. Husband (he who does not like practical jobs) loves using it too!!! It can do big fat weeds by the barn as well as the lawns, so I like it a lot.
The dogs arrived - yah
and failed to live up to all expectations of running off immediately. They are dead happy here in doggie paradise. Rufus the shaggy one keeps on getting in the pond (I'm not a big fan of that) and Chica the lurcher keeps on barking at the squirrels. I am surprised and delighted to report that they are not in the least bit bothered by the coyotes howling at night.
We have visited the local feed store twice, and (as well as purchasing things) have received a vet recommendation and a number for a pig farmer who might be able to sell me a half pig- and hopefully a couple of weaners in the spring. I have learnt that when I say weaners (meaning baby pigs), the locals hear wieners meaning sausages. Hmmm.
The fence guy comes round tomorrow evening. At home, fencing is costed at materials plus labour. Here, the local one-and-only-fencing-firm seem to charge it at 'how much can you afford?'. So luckily, we have been given the number of Fencing Guy Who Used To Work For Fencing Firm. We need a few repairs to the paddock fence, plus some elec fencing to keep the doggies in.
I need to get a trailer and have been receiving some advice on this forum - thank you all. Maybe next week when husband had gone back to work, son and I will go out trailer shopping... Eeek! A trip out on my own!
Compared to Shropshire, trailers are a lot more expensive. And different. And spread out further.
Tomorrow, the opening of a bank account
Oh - I haven't mentioned the exploration of the Canadian supermarket! Save that for the next gripping installments.