Friday, January 29, 2010

Morning Coffee

I love the first coffee of the morning but the second is even better. When everyone else is still asleep and I have the house (and computer) to myself. This morning, after checking my emails and paying my bills, I checked out a neighbours blog and was inspired to start me own. Thanks Jozien!

My name is Bella Donna and I live in two extremes - from 40 above to 40 below. I have a property in the Yukon, where I am right now on holidays, but have been living in Australia for the past 9 years. My hubby is Aussie and I am Canadian, so we have been bouncing back and forth many times in the last 22 years. We usually come in December, so literally go from 40 above to 40 below. I hope to use this blog to document the differences and similarities between the two countries while sharing some of my interesting lifestyle.

Looking out my window right now, I can see our little yellow school bus where my hubby and I sleep. Snow blankets the roof and icicles hand decoratively down the sides. Smoke wafts from the chimney. The paint is discoloured from when our house burnt down beside it about 4 years ago. I am writing from my cozy little house that my husband whipped up this winter. He came over 2 months before me and our 2 kids and I and built us a house using wood he cut on the one-man sawmill he built last time we lived here, lots of donations of windows and supplies from neighbours and a mere $4,000 in insulation etc. That man is a marvel!

Our house is surrounded by 10 acres of forested land, in a friendly subdivision in the middle of nowhere (100 kilometers from Whitehorse). It's a magical spot.

Back home in Australia, my poor mother-in-law is busy cleaning up our yard after another wicked storm. We have escaped a blistering summer of plus 35 temperatures followed by destructive storms. Our house backs onto a river, in a small country town, so luckily there hasn't been flood rains yet, just lots of thunder and lightening to freak out our poor dog that we left behind. Apparently he has destroyed most everything under our house trying to escape the scary thunder and lightening. Poor Prince.

Well, the sun is up, so it's time to get my family up and going. Looks like another beautiful day. I wonder what adventures will come our way?

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