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Tootling around Grey County

It's a bright, sunny day at the farmette. Supposed to get up to near-summer temperatures. After three inches of snow on November 1, it'll be a nice break.

Everyone here is heaving a huge sigh of relief that the orange peril will soon be taken out of the White House. We tried not to watch - but American politics is kind of like car-crash TV. You don't want to, but you have to witness it. Gotta say Kamala Harris as Vice President is pretty impressive.

But I digress. Yesterday was a lovely warm day as well, so we decided to go for a Miata run with its top down around Durham and vicinity. It may be the last chance we get to tootle this year. The car is thirty years old in 2020 and still runs like the day we bought it back in 1996.

First stop was the village of Holstein, where they have a dam and a lovely manmade lake. The driveway back to the main event is lined with ancient cedars whose trunks and roots look like something straight out of Lord of the Rings. See?

The dam itself is pretty spectacular and the views on either side of it are stunning.

The location is in Egremont Park, which has a baseball diamond and a community centre that's used for celebrations in non-COVID-19 times. Lovely little spot, I gotta say. Rob liked it, as you can see.

We looped over towards Dundalk and along the way, I got creative with the smart phone, trying to take a selfie in the car's side mirror. With limited success. Gotta love the Sorrento ball cap - which makes me think of Italy and the wonderful trip we had in October of 2018. Sigh. Dunno if we'll be doing anything like that again any time soon.

Anyhow. Digressing again. It was such a treat to be able to zip around with the wind whistling over head just wearing a sweatshirt and jeans - on November 7th!

Before going home, I asked Rob to take a little drive up to the north of town where they're building a suburb (!) on the edge of Durham just off Highway 6. I'm a nosey Parker and was curious about how it's going.

There are 250 units going in - duplexes and single homes. It's being built by Sunvale Homes. I think there are a lot of people from the city looking for an escape to the country - and builders are cashing in on the exodus. That's just my theory. But it makes some sense, given the pandemic and the fact that high-rises and elevators are basically perfect spots for the virus to lurk.

While I'm quite happy on the farmette and wouldn't want to live cheek-by-jowl in a suburb, I hope those who do move in are good neighbours and like the community. According to Chamber folks, our little town hasn't grown from its population of 2,500 in donkeys' years.

Hopefully, our little Durham can keep chugging along as it has lo these many decades. Until next week.


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