This is where I'm from.

by - May 29, 2015



Why would I chose to live in a place smack dab in the middle of nowhere, where the temperature can range from +40 to -40?  Where there are 4 seasons, but mostly winter?  Where the biggest city (1 million +) is a 6 hour drive away?
I get that it may not sound appealing, but to me it's more than that.  It's my home.  It is where the majority of my friends and family live.  I would have a very hard time moving somewhere mainly for that fact: our parents are a short hourish drive away.  My friends live within 20 minutes and soon one will live across the road!  It would be so lonely without them.  Who would have beer and clam with me on the deck?  Who would go to movies with me?

I was born and raised in Saskatchewan and I am proud to call this beautiful farming province home.   It is where my Grandparents settled, farmed (somewhat) and raised their families.  The highways are lined with the golden yellow fields of canola and purple flax in the summer.  In the autumn, the patchwork quilt of land are lit up with golden hues.  The winter can be beautiful too with the pastel shades and northern lights.
 
This province, built on hard work and pioneering souls is a beautiful place to live.
Saskatchewan  has a total area of 651,900 square kilometres (251,700 sq mi).  Just to help my American friends picture the size, Texas is 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2).  
So we're similar in size, but there's a huge difference,  we have close to 1.2 million people.  Texas? 26 million.
I will always remember what Valerie, a friend from Belgium, living in Sask for a summer said on her visit.  She was so amazed by the sky;  she said she had never seen the sky so panoramic and so alive. That's one of the biggest draws to me: the space, the sky, the simple beauty.   While I have lived in many places in my little life:   Prince Albert, where I was born and raised, Montreal, where I did an exchange in high school, Regina and Quebec City, where I went to University, finally it is in Saskatoon where Dan and I decided to set up shop.

I am proud to call Saskatoon my home.
 I love that Saskatoon is still a "big" city, by Sask standards, but still small city enough that it only takes me 30 minutes to drive across the city to bring Willis to school.
And we live 10 minutes out of town.
I am proud to be a Canadian Prairie Girl.
I love that we're kinda in the middle of everywhere so we can visit coast to coast for travel.
I love that I can have good shopping and great restaurants and that they are never crazy crowded.  I love going away and visiting other cities and every single time I'm about to come home I get so excited to be back to the incredible skylines and fresh air of Saskatchewan.

There is so much to explore in Saskatoon that I'm pretty sure Willis, Lucia and I are going to have a great little adventure every day this summer.  There are tons of great restaurants, like Bon Temps Cafe where we had my birthday party in April.  But also, there are sooo many more that I need to try, like Drift, hello crepes!! and the breakfast bistro, Poached.    There is also a really cool local shop, called HardPressed that does some cool Saskatoon inspired clothing.  Actually, my PA peeps will appreciate one of the items in the shop, done by my childhood friend, Cory and his gorgeous wife (and model in picture).  They teamed up and created this brilliant shirt, which you may only understand the pure epicness of it if you're from the PA.  I'm hoping they do a Welcome Inn one next.

purchase here


I love where I live.  And really, the only way you could get me to move is by packing up my friends and family too.  And the sky and the northern lights and the lakes and the geese and the moose and the snowdrifts and the sunsets.
Oh, and I'll never leave our acreage.
That is all.
I think it's important to love where you live, don't you?





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25 comments

  1. What beautiful photos of your home. You wrote beautifully about it as well - I had such a hard time with this topic - I'm so not into landscape photography (Cause I suck at it) and I'm so jealous of your talent for it. Where you live is just lovely:)

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  2. I agree. Sask is a hidden gem. Great post.

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  3. Thank you for the tour! Since I've never been to ANY place in Canada, it helps me to visualize where you live a little more. I'm with Shaunacey though...I'm gonna have to come visit too (and drink wine on the porch) and see the sky (and northern lights and moose) for myself. ~ Sheila

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  4. I absolutely love how proud you are of where you live and come from! While my small town currently drives me bonkers some days, I love my state! Ohio can mess you for sure, but it is hard not to fall in love with it :) Oh, and now I need a passport to come visit you!

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  5. seriously gorgeous... so picturesque!
    I guess I'm gonna have to come visit, enjoy the sky on your porch and drink some wine (and watch some Blue Jays of course)

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  6. I love it! I love that we're talking about where we live today. My next stop after Shaunacey is you. I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Have room for 4? I expect crepes too...hehe.

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  7. Bring it! You should do a Canadian tour

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  8. I have a thing for Ohio, that's where SkiptheDishes is branching out first!

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  9. You have NEVER BEEN TO CANADA???!!!! That's it. Blogger met up in Canadaland next summer. I'm giving @Shaunacey time to recover from baby first though

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  10. Ha..oops, I forgot to credit whomever I stole those pictures from. Of course I can't locate any of the pictures that I actually took when I want to. Ah well. Thanks for the compliment, I found this post hard to put together and I wasn't sure I made any sense.

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  11. I totally GET why you love your home so well. It is beautiful. And made even more so by the love you have for family and friends there. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  12. Beautiful!!! I can see why you love it there so much! I'm in for the Style Me Bloggers meet up at your place! I've never been to Canada..it's on my bucket list!!

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  13. Michelle Sherrard28 January, 2018 21:46

    WOW it sounds and looks BEAUTIFUL. I have to say that I am quite jealous that you live so close to your family. That's the one thing that I miss dearly!

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  14. So I had to giggle because even though I knew where you lived, when I read this, I though of the pool scene from the Grown Up's movie...have you seen that? Anywhoodle, it sounds amazing and absolutely gorgeous!

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  15. I've never been to Canada either! I like the idea of a blogger meetup :)

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  16. I've seen the movie but don't remember that scene....will have to google it

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  17. Oh my. Then a Canada meet up it is!

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  18. It would be very tough to be away from them!

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  19. I do not get that shirt at all! LOL But I do want to visit that store. . . Also - love the math in the post!

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  20. B AHAHAHHAHAH. Sasaskatoon. How did I miss that scene! Brilliant.

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  21. You did the best job of describing your love for where you live. I'm definitely coming to visit one of these days, because it looks beautiful, and you live there! I totally forgot about the pool scene in Grown Ups - thanks for reminding me Jenny - so funny!

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Have a lovely day!