Hello friends. How are you all doing? It’s been a hard few weeks here in Parts Unknown. We have been racking our brains on how to survive here another year and have pretty much come to the conclusion that unless something changes, we can’t. With two children who need constant attention, no work locally and no more money to invest in this place we have decided that unless we win the lottery we will likely have to move at some point. I personally am very frustrated. I know this place has so much potential, but with no way of earning money to invest in it, even I feel it is getting time to look elsewhere. The fact we have made it this far is a credit to Kaitlyn and her budgeting skills. However, even the best budgeter needs an income to play with and we just don’t have one. Christmas has really driven it home for me. When you can’t afford to buy your children, wife or family a present you know you have to change things. I’ll be brutally honest, these last few weeks have been some of the darkest times for me. I’ve never had depression before and can finally see how it can consume your thoughts and leave you unable to do anything. I am sad as I love this place and community, but I’m also excited to see what the future brings. I finally see that even in the darkest of times there is light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps, we will end up in a better position and start this journey again someday. Who knows what the future will bring but I know I’ll probably be sat writing about it and bringing you up to date with all my mishaps. I guess I am lucky that I didn’t spend too long overthinking things and slipping into a worse place.
Anyway, moving on as I don’t want to dwell on this. This week we have been really fortunate and have seen quite a few wolves. I think it was Wednesday when I was sat having a tea and contemplating the meaning of life, when all of a sudden I glimpsed something out of the corner of my eye through the living room window. It was a huge black wolf. Probably twice the size of Archie and running around near the bottom of our driveway. I shout to Kaitlyn and went to grab my camera. We both stared out of the window, Kaitlyn with a pair of binoculars and me with my camera. At first we couldn’t see anything until I spotted another one crossing the lake. By the time I got outside and put my camera to my eye they were already almost out of range. I got a couple of pictures but nothing spectacular. I jumped in the car and caught up with them about kilometre away, but they ran off into the forest before I could get any more shots.
The following day I spotted a young wolf on the road and that that night, under a full moon, we heard wolves howling away. We went outside to listen and could hear them on the other side of the lake. Then we saw the two black wolves from the day before cross the frozen lake and once again walk up the road in front of our cabin. Amazing and so lucky to see these amazing creatures. I was unable to take any pictures due to the poor lighting, but it has given me an incentive to build a hide, so I can lay in wait for them and hopefully capture the perfect picture. We have a video on our Facebook page if you want to check it out.
We have finally managed to decorate our house and are almost fully in the Christmas spirit. We went out and picked a tree. This year I decided to choose it, so I didn’t have to try and drag a 12ft beast through the front door. Opting for something a little smaller but still equally impressive. It looks great in our front room and I didn’t have to anchor it to the wall this time. Outside we have a dusting of snow, so it really does look quite Christmassy. I’m hoping for a good dumping soon, so I can play with my snowblower that Kaitlyn’s father kindly gave us.
All that’s left to say is to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Thanks for being a part of this journey. Like I mentioned, I don’t know how much longer it will last but it’s been a real pleasure documenting it and having you all feel like part of our family. No one knows what the future holds, we may end up with a Christmas miracle but in case we don’t, and this is our last Christmas here, I want you to know I have loved every minute writing this blog and talking to you. The messages and support we’ve been shown has even managed to touch the heart of this usually emotionless Englishman. So, eat too much, drink too much and make merry this holiday season. If you can, surround yourselves with friends and family and have a wonderful end to the year. I shall speak to you all very soon