Settling in

Sunday was spent getting to know the house, the dog and the locality. The house, all built of logs, is in a beautiful position overlooking Lake Memphremagog (and I have no idea how to pronounce that). It has a large living area with a brand new kitchen, dining and seating area. There is a mezzanine tv lounge with a big screen through which programmes are played via the internet so I don’t have to endure American tv. Music is also played through the wifi in the living room. Peter is very technology orientated and I am going to be very comfortable for the next 6 weeks!

Bubba appears to be very amenable and, luckily, seems to have accepted me very readily, which has reassured Judith, who wasn’t sure how he would react to a stranger. I’m sure he would accept anybody, though, who fed and walked him.

My temporary home
My temporary home

In the afternoon, Judith took me for a drive to the supermarket in Derby and the health food shop and Tasting Room in Newport. We had an interesting discussion in the latter about the future of the town, which is in the process of being re-developed. All the shops on one side of the main street have been closed and are due to be demolished by the end of February. Reconstruction will then begin and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. In the meantime, there are a lot of empty shops. There is also some consternation in town that Walmart is one of the stores that are going to being built, which is not seen as advantageous by many members of the community, although it would provide employment and cheap goods. It seems to be a ‘watch this space’ scenario as there is some uncertainty as to what is actually happening.

Our other port of call was the Pick and Shovel. This is my kind of shop! It is predominantly hardware but sells everything from bird seed to fleece tops as well as everything in between. I might spend a bit of time perusing here in my spare time!

The whole day had been quite grey and cold, with flurries of snow, and sitting by the log burner after dinner was very appealing. At least it is always warm inside with a constant temperature maintained with the underfloor heating. Judith and Peter have only been here for two or three months but they have certainly made it very homely in that time.

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