A year at the Shire


It has been a year since we bought a cabin in the country –  the Shire.  For over two years my husband and I shared a hobby  to go out and look at small homes within an hour and a half from Calgary that sat on about 5 acres of land.  Our goal was to find a small country home that would let us dabble in the farm experience.  Both my husband and I had always wondered what it was like to live in the country.  On our many car trips across Canada we would both gaze out of the windows at the amazing fields growing all sorts of crops or scattered with cattle and other livestock.  We both wondered what it would be like to live out on these farms we saw as we passed by – visitors in their land – heading to some other destination.

A year ago we saw a nice house advertised in the MLS that was sitting on 80 acres! 80 acres was surely a typo.  Or so we thought.  When we arrived at the address that was about an hour and 15 minutes from Calgary, there was an incredible tree lined driveway that winded up a hill slowly to the cute little cabin.  Like the famous line in the movie Jerry MacGuire – “You had me at hello”… this place had us at the “driveway”.  Both of us were mesmerized by the driveway which felt like it was leading to an old English country manor.  When we arrived we were equally mesmerized by the beauty of the land that surrounded the well maintained little home.  It was in fact a half a quarter section – 80 acres.  40 acres were covered in flowing fields of barley.  40 acres included a small yard (around the cabin) surrounded by forests and untouched pastures – and a pond with a fairly large beaver dam.

I can’t believe that we did it.  Years of talk. We actually did it!  We bought the farm!


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