My final post of the year 2012 was all about how it had been a memorable year because Raymond and I had bought the Manse and begun to discover Hastings County (or in my case rediscover it, since I’d grown up there) on our visits to Queensborough. Ha! Little did I know then that by the time another year had rolled around, Raymond and I would actually be living at the Manse, with Raymond happily retired and me working at a new job.
A lot can happen in a year! (Wait – haven’t I said that before? Ah yes – here.)
While 2013 has had some pretty big challenges, I have to say that it has ended up very well indeed. We live in a beautiful place – as you can see from the photo atop this post, which I took just the other day during a drive along Rockies Road (just northeast of Queensborough). We belong to a small but vibrant congregation at St. Andrew’s United Church. We have wonderful friends and neighbours in Queensborough and area, people who have been incredibly kind and helpful and welcoming and hospitable. Our cat Sieste has adapted beautifully to Manse life.
And thanks to Meanwhile, at the Manse, we have met (in some cases face to face, in others through the wonders of the internet) a community of people who have taken an interest in our Manse adventure, and have offered encouragement and tips and food for thought. Readers, thank you so much!
On this New Year’s Eve 2013, I feel blessed.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014 for all of us – and more adventures at the Manse!