From island life to mountain life


My recent change of life was approximately two years in the making. It was something that was meticulously planned, analyzed and thought out. I had spent the past 24 years of my life living outside of my home country of Canada and it was time to go home.

I have had the good fortune to spend 3 years living in Guernsey, Channel Islands and 21 years living in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Life has been amazing, but there have been some bitter pills to swallow. We went through category 5 Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 and of course there was living on the other side of the world from my family and seeing them once a year. I hate goodbyes!

When we decided we wanted to move to Canada (I say move, not move back, after spending the past 24 years of my life living outside of Canada it was pretty foreign to me) we knew that we had to be pretty sure of our decision. We both had good jobs that we knew would not be available to us in the mountains. There was so much to think of. Leaving good friends and our lives. Life in the sun is pretty easy. It would have been so easy to have stayed. But we wanted so much more than that. We love being outdoors and our life in the mountains offers us something to do each season.

We moved to our new home in the middle of June. We thought that with summer arriving it would help us to transition easier. Summer? It never really arrived until the middle of July! Good times! We would get up in the mornings to take our little dog out for a walk and we would be covered up head to toe! I would try to leave as little skin as exposed as possible.

Summer eventually arrived and then we started to enjoy all of that goodness. It was nice to have hot days and then some cooler days. After having 21 years of sunshine a little down time is not a bad thing. I find it is easier to have a “chill” day when the weather is not so good outside. Though, when it was nice I wanted to be outside enjoying and that included dinner out on the patio. Oh the joys of summer! Corn on the cob tastes better when eaten outside – am I wrong?

This blog will follow all of my wins and fails (trust me, there are a lot of them!) of an Island Girl slowly transitioning into life as a Mountain Girl! Each post will be different as will each day as I experience it. I do hope you decided to stick around. Thanks for reading!