From “In the Hills” to “On the Hills”
December 8, 2016
These Two Blue Boots are moving on to find new adventures.
Last spring, we sold our home in Mono, packed up our belongings, and moved to the Town of Blue Mountains. We stuffed twelve year’s worth of “stuff” into two moving vans, a car and a pick-up truck. With nary a glance backward, we were northbound.
We arrived in our new neighbourhood – a pristine subdivision, backing onto a golf course – hauling our life’s belongings. We were met with wary looks from our new neighbours as we led the motor brigade, Beverly Hillbillies-style, and pulled into our driveway. Though we must have been a frightening sight, we were greeted warmly.
We had many adjustments to make. Everything is smaller here. The garage is compact, the driveway is short, the yard is minimal. We rented a large storage unit to hold the garage overflow. Furnishings were downsized and the outdoor clutter was hidden away.
Our pets adjusted to town life slowly. Grommet the cat could often be found at the other end of the street, lounging on a porch chair belonging to an unknown neighbour. Charlie Brown the dog, being accustomed to four acres of grass, enjoyed taking his pick of several neighbouring yards on which do his “business”! It was all the same to him. He didn’t seem to understand what all the fuss was about.
We have lived at our new address for seven months now. Do we regret the move from Country to Town? Not one tiny bit. We are settled into our new neighbourhood and have enjoyed neighbourhood BBQs and house parties and dinners and dances. Everything is nearby – groceries, restaurants, and movies. We live in a four-season paradise where there is always something to see and do.
And so… these Two Blue Boots are moving on to find new adventures. I will return to visit the hills of Hockley and I will continue to enjoy reading In The Hills.
I’d like to extend much gratitude to publisher Signe Ball and web manager Valerie Jones for their mentorship and support over the years—and of course to all of you—for reading my posts and leaving comments and allowing my Two Blue Boots to take a few small steps into your lives.