Sep 15, 2014

Into the Gorge we go!

If anyone ever tells you they're going to quit their job, move and start a new business all at the same time, stop them!  Let me just say that we've certainly been pushed to our limits in many ways and it's only because of teamwork, positive thinking and determination that we've made it through some days.  Water in the basement = check.  Furnace that won't work (although it worked for the inspection!) = check.  Windows painted and glued over with no air conditioning = check.  Broken lawn mower = check.  Movers who beat up our furniture = check (22 damaged items and still finding more, avoid Good 'Ol Boys Moving Company at all costs!)  Wrong headboards sent, the ones we want on back order since July = check.  New fence chipped and scrapped at instillation = check.   The list goes on and on.  It was a blessing that our vacation, booked and paid for last January, was last week and we had a much-needed break in peaceful, dog-friendly Woodhaven Country Lodge.
  On the good side:  friends and family who have shown nothing but support (thank you Rose, Carl, Melanie, Doris), a community that has shown nothing but enthusiasm and glowing anticipation for our venture (wow, Elora, you rock!), a "handyman" that is worth his weight in gold with his care, attention to detail, timeliness and precision (Tim, you're incredible!), a realtor who has gone above and beyond after-sales service in regards to our leaky basement (George, all I can say is thank you!), bookings already for Thanksgiving and Christmas, doggy walks along the Gorge Trail that take my breath away every time, and this list goes on and on too.  
  I feel very blessed... that is when I'm not holding on white-knuckled with both hands and screaming on this roller coaster ride!  : }  
 Here are some photos that were taken when my sister visited, enjoy!  And come see the Gorge for yourself!
Doris and Merlin with Willow in the Irvine River part of the Gorge.  Love that cave!

The view from Lover's Leap.

 This is our Meadow Room, where my sister stayed with her pups.

Merlin in our back/side yard.

Spooky trees are created by the Gorge's merciless cliffs... beautiful!

Down into the Gorge.

 The "Tooth of Time", a stunning little rocky island in the Elora Falls.

Me and my Willow.

Sep 2, 2014

The Flying Leap!

So we bought a former guest house in Elora!  The house, an 1891 triple-brick beauty, became ours on August 8th, our furniture and possessions moved in on August 18th and my last day at work was August 21st, with a lovely send-off with many warm wishes and congratulations.  We slept (on the floor) in our old house for the last time and were completely moved August 22nd (with a little help from some friends:  thank you John and Pam!).  And of course we're naming our bed and breakfast The Flying Leap, aiming to open September 19th!
  I can't believe it's been less than two weeks as I wonder about who just completed my Tuesday night shift and the complete loss of any sense of routine.  It's been a roller-coaster of highs and lows, moving is a TERRIBLE thing to do, especially if you have LOTS of stuff... ah well.  The house, Elora, the people:  it's all good and will only get better.  Neighbours actually stop and introduce themselves (that never happened in Stratford!), our neighbour behind us brought over a casserole on moving day (thank you Leslie!), and my morning walks are along the gorge trail, overlooking some of the most beautiful rocky crags I've ever seen (I bet there are lots of bats!).

We have accomplished so much, going from this, our dining room and kitchen:

to this:

Wow, there were actually tables under there!  

When the going gets tough, the tough... hide under the kitchen table.  Can't say I blame her one little bit:  Willow found a safe place underneath and crashed after days of following us around.

Yet, in all this chaos and activity, there was still time to enter one of my pieces in a local exhibition celebrating the Year of the Horse!  

The opening reception was this evening at the Elora Center for the Arts, a catered event that had an eclectic, though seemingly exclusive, group mingling about the interesting and varied art and informative displays (which I really enjoyed).  

And there was my Tairo the Unicorn!

I'm very proud of this little accomplishment and hope that Elora will be a place where I can grow and flourish as a person, entrepreneur and artist.  It certainly is the Year of the Horse, hold on to those reins!