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Together my husband Dan and I have 160 acres of land three miles off of the Pembina River in Brazeau County, Alberta, Canada. We live one mile down the gravel road, around the bends and tucked in behind a lovely tree line. The closest town, IMG_20160302_181606Drayton Valley, is a twenty minute drive and the big city of Edmonton is East of us by an hour and half.

Our home is a one story ranch bungalow that Dan purchased and that we have  spent the last three years turning into our own little humble abode.Fotor_146514236927346

We have sixteen acres of fenced pasture land, which includes the house and yard. We have a large vegetable garden, a little fruit tree orchard started and a row of berries and a patch just for wild flowers. Dan put a lot of hard work and planning into our lovely fire pit and seating area and it makes for a great outdoor space for entertaining.

Our hope is to one day fill the pasture with all sorts of creatures and build ourselves a lovely little barn to house them. All in good time. For now, we raise chickens for eggs and entertainment, love on our three little pigs, spend time with the donkey boys and are currently raising seven hogs for fall butcher.

IMG_20150928_144347We have spent a lot of time on our land, clearing cut lines and creating new trails through the bush. We have come across several old trails used for logging years and years ago. Last Spring Dan dug a water hole out by one of our clearings in the bush and it has really helped to bring in all sorts of wildlife. We have trail cameras at two locations on our land and I always love to see what kind of animals have wandered into our backyard. We have been fortunate enough to see many deer, a resident bull moose that has taken up living in our marshy clearing, a cow elk, a cougar, the odd coyote and a lynx. I love what mother nature has to offer and how we live as one with nature right in our very own backyard.