Found in the Neighborhood.

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!”

NORTH

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.

WEST

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.

SOUTH

The big tree is the edge of our one acre. Beyond that is the field that was a corn field this summer.

EAST

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.

36 Comments Add yours

  1. Rupali says:

    Lovely scenes in all directions, Anne.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. We are very fortunate to live here.

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    Well what a truly beautiful spot Anne – are you able to ride when you’re there? I got the feeling for some reason Biasini was stabled elsewhere. And SNOW??? Is this early for you? It sure is pretty isn’t it? Terrific response.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini lives at Oakcrest Farm. It is north west of here and takes about 10 minutes or so by car. It is not too early for snow. It melted already but it will be back. January and February are the coldest months and the snow sticks around then . There is something very peaceful about snow. Not the shoveling and ice scraping part mind you!

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      1. Tina Schell says:

        Glad to hear he is nearby Anne – I imagine a ride in the snow would be really special!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Yes it is. So quiet and still.

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  3. This is a wonderful place to live. Thanks for sharing about this place, very nice to see and know about your place.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am happy to show it to you!

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  4. JohnRH says:

    Wowww. Beautiful photos of a beautiful place. It’s tough, but someone has to do it!!! 🙂 🙂

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  5. doar nicole says:

    Such a nice place to live in, right in the middle of lovely nature… and such a nice post to read, very enjoyable, felt like a relaxing tour, thank you! : )

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Nicole!

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  6. It looks blissful there Anne, thank you for showing us around your beautiful neighbourhood and please give sweet Biasini and June big pats from us all 🧡 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will give those pats and both June and Biasini will be happy to receive them! Thanks for this comment . I’m glad you enjoyed seeing where I live.

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  7. Leya says:

    And now you are making us all marvel, Anne! This looks heavenly to me – there is even a forest at the horizon! Thank you for guiding us.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is my pleasure to guide you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. The forest on the east behind the workshop is a Conservation forest with trails through it.

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      1. Leya says:

        But walkable or by horse? Is it the one you have shown when you and Biasini are out?

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        1. anne leueen says:

          It is walkable and just 5 minutes by foot from our house. The photos with me riding Biasini that I have put up before are either from the Oakcrest Farm property or the York Regional forest trails. That is 15 minutes away by car.

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          1. Leya says:

            Ah, thank you!

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  8. Emma Cownie says:

    I enjoyed looking in all directions. I had no idea that you had snow removal companies in Canada. i havent seen snow for years and years here!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      We have had some more snow here today. But tomorrow the Temps are going up so it will all melt. Once we get into January and February the temp will stay cold and sometimes very cold!

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  9. kinge says:

    It’s a beautiful neighbourhood you have. Looks peaceful and serene

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is good for the soul to have space and nature around us. We are very fortunate. Thanks for leaving a comment .

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  10. Thanks for sharing your lovely neighbourhood. It looks free, open and peaceful.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is. We are always aware in the spring and at harvest time how much work the farmers di and the long hours they put in. We are lucky to have all the space around us. More snow falling this morning😃

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      1. Winter is already upon you, isn’t it? Isn’t it a bit early for snow? I also love the open spaces and nature on the doorstep.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          This time of year the snow will not stay and today we have milder weather. But if we get a cold snap snow can be expected in November. Thanks for commenting !

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          1. It’s interesting to see and read about all the adventures from around the world. Your photos are also excellent.

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          2. anne leueen says:

            Thank you! I love seeing the blog posts from people in other parts of the world. That is one of my favorite things about blogging!

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  11. No wonder after 20 years you still marvel at the view from each window! Is heaven 😍

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    1. anne leueen says:

      We are very fortunate to live here. Thank you for your comment Ribana. More snow here this morning 😀

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  12. dprastka says:

    I would marvel at your views too! What BEAUTIFUL country and it’s great to learn about the area and how they parceled it off. I think it’s very special that you can see all that farming going on and not have to participate! Just watching it from your house is really cool! ❤️ Such wonderful photos!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana. It is wonderful to see everything around us and in the pandemic, especially during the lockdown, it was a real blessing to be able to get outside and walk . Apparently a lot of people are wanting to get out of.the city and houses around here are selling very quickly for ridiculous amounts of money.

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      1. dprastka says:

        I’m glad we don’t live in a big city. I think I would want to move too! We have some ridiculous pricing in houses around here too! The housing market is definitely doing well! Haha!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Yes a house with 3.5 acres just down the road from us just sold for a veritable fortune. I think people who can afford it want to get out of the city.

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