Having grown up close to big cities all my life, when the time came to follow my heart and my love, and move to Muskoka to marry my husband, I was nervous to say the least. I knew it would be a big change, and that it would most likely take some time to settle in and find my country feet.
And I had questions too. Would I fit in? Would the community welcome a city slicker in their midst? How would I find the shops, gyms, restaurants, cinemas and all the amenities I could find with my eyes closed in the city?
It wasn’t long before the rhythms of the north took hold and I began to relax and enjoy the process of discovery. Although a bit reserved at first, the local community soon made me feel welcomed and at home. All the things that I thought I would miss were there, I just had to look a bit harder.
I wish now that I had had a friend, or a guide who was able to understand the transition I was going through. Someone who had done the move ahead of me; someone who could show me the ropes. I can be that guide and friend to you. I would love to show you the ins and outs of the real Muskoka. The Muskoka that is still vibrant and alive after the leaves have changed and the cottagers have headed south.
I can answer your questions too, about those things that come up after you have settled in. Questions about the well water, the septic tank, and whether you can pull the plants from your waterfront. Gardening is a bit different here too, our seasons starts later of course, but the plants and flowers you choose may be different as well. As I found out, there were questions I didn’t even know to ask. But I certainly know the answers now.