This week Ann-Christine has given us the challenge of what we find in our neighborhood for the Lens-Artists Challenge # 123 My response is to give you the North, South, East, and West of my neighborhood. These photos were all taken this morning with my phone. We had the first snow and I thought: “Well this is what I am finding in my neighborhood. Snow!”
We live on a one acre property that was cut out from a 100 acre farm that is to the North of us. Back in the day when the lots were divided up into 100 acre pieces it was permissible to separate one acre for the farmer to have as a retirement lot and the family would carry on with the business of farming. Now the one acre properties are not always used by the retired farmers but developers will buy the lot and build on it. That is how we came to live in our house 20 years ago. The farmer has big silos that you can see in this photo. They have been very busy in recent days as they are bringing in the harvest of corn from their land and also hundreds of acres of other lands that they farm. You can also see our little dog June who was out testing the snow.
The green in the field is winter wheat. The farmer planted that after he harvested the soybeans. It will die back over the winter but will be springing to life first thing in the spring.
The big tree is the edge of our one acre. Beyond that is the field that was a corn field this summer.
In this photo below you can see our driveway on the right and the road beyond that. Across the road from us our neighbors house is on the left of the photo. That other big building is a workshop and storage space for some big machinery. The couple who live there are both from this neighbourhood and have lived near here all their lives. When they retired from their chicken farm they built the house and workshop building. It is not really a retirement as both still work. The husband does some farming and in the winter works in a snow removal business in the city to the south of us. Now snow removal is not snow plowing. The plows move the snow along the road into big piles which then have to be removed. So in the winter we see the big trucks and front end loaders, come out of the building and with their flashing blue lights, they trek down our road. They are often working all night to scoop up the piles of snow with the front end loaders and dump it into the trucks which then transport the snow to a designated drop off place.
We have lived here for 20 years. When we first moved here from downtown Toronto, I used to walk around this house and marvel at what I could see from each window. I still do that. Thank you for this challenge Ann-Christine.