Thursday, July 1, 2010

Excuse the dust...

July 1st: a strange tradition in Québec, and it's not Canada day (similar to 4th of July in the US) - our "distinct" culture isn't too keen on celebrating it. No, I'm talking about the big moving day!

Fulfilling a dream

I'm not moving yet... but getting closer to a lifelong dream. Sitting on the St-Lawrence river, 15 minutes away from Québec-city, Île d'Orléans is described as a "microcosm of traditional Quebec and the birthplace of francophones in North America".
Explorer Jacques Cartier called the verdant spot the Island of Bacchus when he sighted it in 1535. The Indians had long referred to it as the Enchanted Place. Both names do justice to Ile d'Orleans, which Cartier later renamed in honor of the Duke of Orleans, the son of the King of France.
I'm in the process of purchasing a house in Ste-Pétronille, located at the tip of the island. Built around 1815, the charming spot sits on a 20,000 square foot lot surrounded by forest, gardens and other historical houses. The very well preserved house isn't big and was built in the pure traditional style: 35x24 two story timber frame with an annex. The surrounding is just amazing!

Perspective

Some people find it awkward I can be so involved in the modern, online world and be interested in history and countryside at the same time.

Maybe it's something that can't be explained!

The only perspective I can offer is that of balance between work and life, between light-speed of the net and growth of a hundred years old tree, taking care of a house dating back before my grand-grand-parents while improving a website which lifespan is counted in months.
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