Photo by Darko Zeljkovic

When we arrived one year ago to the County with a small baby, young girl, and then adopted puppy, we took our time enjoying the weather, our house, the yard, and getting to know the people and places that make this place so wonderful.  With my husband on parental leave, we just relaxed and soaked in our surroundings, still a little in disbelief that we were here.

Fast-forward one year and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone and how much life has changed.  Far from the lazy summer days of last year, we have been busy at work at various shoots both in the County and out, sending Brian as far away as Kirkland Lake to film for a Telus/CFL bit.  The kids have still been enjoying the beach when possible and we’ve been running away to Presqu’ile whenever we can for a night or two.  We finally sat down in the backyard the other night enjoying a glass of wine for the first time while the kids ran wild in the back.  I am finally getting to know the routes around the county and no longer always stare with a blank face when people tell me about a location.  Half the time I may even know where it is!

More than anything though, one year later we are so incredibly happy with the folks we’ve met, the clients we’ve worked with, and the sense of community that we find in so many areas of our new home.  Coming from a large city where we didn’t know the names of the people that lived around us, we love saying hi to neighbours and feeling comfortable asking for an egg or two.  Instead of a city where no one feels a sense of responsibility for any part of it and expects the local government to handle everything, we have seen a community come together to raise funds to build a splash pad for children.

We also see the transitions that are happening and the rifts that are coming up because of them.  From Air BnBs to patios to trees on Main Street, there are always issues that are going to divide, but unlike our neighbours to the south, we have seen sides talking and trying to come up with solutions that benefit most people.  There are still ways to go and we look forward to seeing how this community develops and changes with all that is happening.  We hope to be a part of it for so many years to come.

So one year on, thank you.  We couldn’t imagine being elsewhere.