As with many other baby boomers, retirement was not far on the horizon. We had dedicated long hours to the education system, but now it was time to consider our health and well-being. It was time to slow down and smell the flowers.
When our three children were young, we spent many holidays in surroundings only nature could provide. We enjoyed the quiet whisperings of the woods, the antics of wild animals as we quietly observed them at play, the calming effects of waves lapping the shores of Lake Superior and even the howling of strong November winds across vast waters. We had a secret desire to return to nature and live off the land. Somehow, the busy modern day activities kept us anchored to contemporary life in the city. We enjoyed our time working with children in the schools. We had fun engaging in a variety of organised and unorganised activities with our children: hockey, skiing, water sports and many others.
Now the children were grown. Health issues were taking precedence. Retirement was fast approaching. It was time to pursue that dream of long ago.
As luck would have it, we found a beautiful farm nestled beside a small inland lake not far from the Trans-Canada highway, just east of Sault Ste. Marie. It was perfect. It had everything we could wish for: beautiful oak and maple forests, pastures and hay fields, waterfront, a magnificent garden site and best of all, an enormous old barn probably built at the turn of the century. Much to everyone’s surprise, we bought the farm! The next question would be... What do we raise?