Today was a big day for us: We picked up the keys to our new house!!
Last night we drove up to Merritt in two trucks, both heavily laden with a good portion of our belongings. I had Lily with me, and Rich had Nina, so nobody had to drive alone. We left in pouring rain, which gradually turned into snow. None of us is scared of snow, so we both really enjoyed the drive. There is something magical about a snowy forest at night - the snow makes the night much brighter than it usually is, and here and there we saw the first Christmas lights twinkling in the darkness. Somewhere in the middle of the woods, there were rows of lights strung up in the forest, lighting up the snowy driveway below - it was breathtaking. Every time one of saw something we wanted to share, we would called the other person and tell them.
I couldn't take any photos last night because I was driving. Here is a snowy forest instead.
Close to our destination, the snow stopped and the sky cleared - and there were millions of stars illuminating the sky. It was one of the best drives I've had in a long time.
We stayed at our friends' place for the night, and they cooked us a delicious deer stew. I love venison, it was such a treat! Rich has promised me that next year we will have our own deer in the freezer. Yum!
Neither of us slept much last night. I was way too excited to see the house for the first time without the owner there, so I got up at dawn and tiptoed out of the house. It was a crisp morning, -5͒ Celsius. There was snow on the ground, fog hanging in the air, and the fresh mountain air filling my lungs.
This was the first glimpse of our place this morning:
And this was the first thing I did upon arrival:
Closely followed by this:
My first hand- and headstands in our new home! Definitely not the last ones 😉
I had the dogs with me, and the three of us walked around, taking it all in. I was so excited, I could barely stand it! I love this place so much already, I literally pinched myself to make sure this is actually happening.
Dancer and Nick, our two horses, have already been there for the past three weeks. They love it, and here is Dancer coming to greet me.
Eight-angle pose on top of the fence. It was a first for me, on an empty stomach, so it was a bit wobbly haha!
We spent almost an hour there. The sun rose steadily, burning off the fog and bathing everything in the most glorious, golden light.
Here comes the sun!
Lily and Nina discovered the holes of gophers, and they couldn't stop sniffing and digging for them. However, the gophers are way smarter than these two! They were long gone.
Current count: Gophers-1, dogs-0
It was a really special morning. I am grateful that I got to spend some time alone at our new home. It was the first time that I was there by myself, with just the animals for company, no humans, and I really enjoyed it. It's so peaceful, I'm filled up to the brim with happiness and gratitude.
This is going to be good.
Next time I'll share the first glimpse of the inside! I took photos and a (very shaky) short video.