I haven’t been much good at keeping up with my blogging throughout the move so here’s a quick recap. Please click on any of the pictures to see them bigger or for more of a description.
We’ve been in our new home for about a month now and starting to get more settled. Although we’re still missing our friends and community in Prince Rupert, Hazelton is feeling pretty darn good. Small town suits me, I think.
Our new house isn’t my dream home but it’s more than adequate and very comfortable! Lily and Leif each have their own rooms now which they’re pleased about. If only I had a garden (I might be able to build one) and less lawn to mow! We have friendly neighbours who we’re looking forward to continuing to get to know and we’re already feeling a part of the community as a whole.
On Canada Day we went to enjoy the festivities and chuckled a bit at two block parade. We could see the parade forming up and the whole thing was over in minutes and yet everyone eagerly awaited it’s arrival.
The local RCMP, minor hockey, the book bus and local native dancers were just a few in the parade.
The dancers put on quite the show. The drumming and singing and dancing was incredible. The sound is powerful and stories they tell in the dancing is brilliant. I love the inclusive nature of these performances. Young and old, people of all shapes and sizes dance together and some from the crowd are often pulled in to join! A little girl about four years old came out to the crowd and asked me to join her to dance.
From my house I can see and/or walk to Cam’s work, the community bakery, the post office (where our mail is delivered), the community bank, a playground, tennis courts, a corner store and the weekly farmer’s market. It’s nice to go days and days without getting in a vehicle.
We have walking and hiking trails behind our home and bug shirts to make the trails more enjoyable during the time of day the bugs are biting the worst. Very close to home are waterfalls and a pool at the top of the falls for the dog to swim in. Perfect way to cool off at the end of the day. It’s pretty darn cold though so we haven’t taken much of a plunge yet.
I have to say that I’m really happy. I love it here. Living by the ocean was an incredible adventure but my heart belongs in the mountains.