Our Moving Company

Backing up a bit today to replay our recent move in slower motion…

1Grandad's Crocuses Easter weekend “Grandad”s Crocuses saw us off with just a small contingent of our possessions to head to Alberta and start work in hopes of also finding a place to call ‘home’.

We took the Kootenay Lake ferry to spare the heavy-laden old Toy a steep mountain pass…

2Here we Go...P11909542 Kootenay Ferry 2 Free Ferry

Yay for a free ferry!  (Too bad this idea couldn’t catch on back in Powell River.)

We spent Easter with the Calgary kids…

3Easter in Calgary3 Easter

before heading into Canmore (an hour’s drive) on Monday morning to our temporary lodging for the week…

4Canmore Hotel While Jim worked I scouted about…4Exploring

4Wait for it looking and waiting for the right doors to open in a tightly closed up housing market… We considered even just renting a residential room for the month at the tune of $1000!

…But then I saw it, on Day 2–

5 The Find!5 The Yard to be

A picture perfect suite with endless ‘yard’ space, far exceeding anything we had yet seen, and I thought of my city grandkids and how perfect this would be… and then it was only a matter of waiting to see if the property management’s vision concurred with our own!

How had this place not been snapped up sooner—we are confident God was holding it for us.  The timing of its availability was impeccable.  As we checked out of the hotel we were free to pick up keys for our new home on April 1!

All that remained was to fetch our trailer load of goods and get a moving crew ( :

Saturday was move-in day…

6 Welcome Home6 almost home


6 A place to drop the keys HOME!7 April 2

The moving crew…

7 The movers7 Cedrick7 Moving in7 The Moving Crew Time for treats and a rest…7 The Moving Crew roosting

8 Pooped!

And when all the boxes were in there was time to play the day away…8 At play8 Choo choo8 Spiderman!8Up in the air8 Dutch BlitzThe parents got time out in town while the kids and I went for a nature walk…

Elk droppings and spruce cones were the highlight!9 Nature Walk9 Nature in hand

I sent them home with pockets full (of cones!) in hopes of many nature walks to come, now that we live so near!

9Here with you at last

And Monday morning the sun came in to say ‘Good Morning’10 Morning Sunshine and we old folks shared a cup of tea before Jim went off to work in his new career as a Bicycle Mechanic in a town that thrives on bicycle use…

10 First Morning Tea April3

God has done great things for us.  Our hearts are full of wonder and joy.


“He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.” Ps.145:19

My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.  Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! Ps.34:2,3

Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! Ps.34:9

Free Ferry!

We thought we were done with ferries.  Not so.


But this ferry to nowhere was free…





And it was the gateway to a beautiful bit of trail P1190236P1190239





with a lot of quiet at the end…P1190250a





and a lighthouse!P1190264




On the return tripIMG_20151024_141032956_HDRI stood alone on the end of the deck,

imagining a far-away Strait to a familiar place we once called home…



“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you…”Gen.26:3

I will sojourn in thy tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah. Ps.61:4DBY


We found a ferry

We found another ferry ride—and this one was free!

We got up early Friday morning to join the local ‘bun run’ riders.  Twenty quick miles later we arrived at a wee cable ferry that carried us across the Lake for a delightful country road pedal to the home of the best cinnamon buns in the west!

IMG_20150605_075637443IMG_20150605_075641790_HDRIMG_20150605_075739154 (It was actually a sunny day; the fog just added a mysterious ambience to the 5 minute crossing)

The giant sweet buns were hot from the oven shortly after we arrived and well worth the wait!  Sorry no photo;  it never even occurred to me to pause for a picture before helping Jim gobble ours down!


Seems we are discovering our new world via tandem these days.  We made our most difficult ascent ever to the skiing town of Rossland one hot afternoon this week.  It is a ride we won’t soon forget despite the want of photos.  It stretched me to the boiling point.  I didn’t know my face could get so red; nearly matched my new shoes.


But the ride down at 50MPH without pedaling was oh so fast and oh so thrilling.  Here we are at the top before I tucked the camera safely away!


And then a little further along when the way had levelled out…


This is a country of wild icy rivers—a sweet reprieve when the thermometer climbs into the 90’s as it has this week.



Later in the summer when the current has calmed and the water has warmed, this river will be swimmable. For now we we just wade in and it’s so cold it hurts!