Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Finally Back

© By Othmar Vohringer

I probably should have written this post before I posted “Blade Culture in London”. It has been over a month since I posted “We’re moving” and a lot happened in this time. But first I would like to thank all the fellow bloggers and my blog readers that send me emails inquiring about the rason my absence. Rather than writing everybody the same story I do it here for all to read.

The good news is that both, my wife and I, are in excellent health and are very happy. The move to our new house went very smooth, thanks to the exceptional organizational skills of my wife, everything went as planed. Merritt is a very beautiful small town surrounded by wilderness and cattle ranches. We just made it in time to witness Merritt’s biggest annual event the “Mountain Music Festival”. It is this event that gave Merritt the moniker “Canada’s Country Music Capital”.

Here are two pictures Heidi took to show you all what a beautiful place it is that we proudly call our home.
The first panorama is from the east looking to the west over the town, the second panorama is from the west looking east. The guy in both pictures is me with our dog Gazu. If I look like a drunk in the first picture it is because I had to lean against the walking stick or else risk been blown away by the heavy wind. Heidi had a hell of a time keeping the camera steady to take the 20 plus pictures needed that would make up the panorama.

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(Pictures courtesy of Heidi Koehler, Artemis Graphics and Design)

We have settled into our new home and made already friends with the neighbors. Making friends in a small town were everybody knows everybody is very important. While small town live can be very nice it also has its downsides. One of them is that if you have a problem with the computer it will take a long time for parts to arrive. A fan on my computer gave up and needed replacing so off we went to the small computer-coffee shop-all rolled into one store to order the fan we needed. After three weeks of waiting Heidi got finally tired of it and we drove to the next big city some 100 miles away were she found the part needed hanging on the store wall. The fan is installed and the computer runs as smooth as ever and I am back on the Internet.

Staying away from the Internet was not all bad because it forced me to get out and do things, like taking Heidi on her first fishing trip, exploring the towns surrounding areas and making contact with ranchers in the hope to gain permission to hunt their ranches in the future. The garden on the front and back of the house needs major work. Heidi wants it completely re designed and so we have been shoveling tons of earth, planting bushes and building garden sheds. But we’re still far from done, in fact it still looks like a huge building site. Where is Matt with his landscaping skills? We plan to build a huge covered balcony the length of the house, complete with outdoor kitchen. The focal point of the garden will be a miniature mountain with waterfall, creek and pond surrounded by a wildflower meadow resembling the beautiful scenery around Merritt.

Inside the house everything is finish other than my office, which still needs a lot of work to get it the way I wanted it to look. When it is finish it will look beautiful in the style of a log cabin. The office will serve dual purposes, its large enough to be the classroom in which I hold hunting courses and be a studio were the SHS videos will be edited in the near future and also will serve as indoor studio for interviews and other indoor segments of SHS videos. In short my new office is truly the SHS headquarters were every thing will happen what’s to come in the near future. More about this plans will be revealed right here as they become reality.

In the meantime I am glad to be back on my blogs and would like to thank all the readers for their loyalty. Usually visitor numbers drop sharply on blogs the moment no new posts are made. This was not the case with my blogs, the visitor numbers remained constant and on two blogs even increased. As deer hunting season approaches fast – how time flies by – the Whitetail Deer Passion blog will be updated again almost daily with the latest information on hunting tactics, news and product reviews.

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Tom Sorenson said...

Glad to hear you're doing well! And, wow - what awesome views!

SimplyOutdoors said...

What great views in the pictures. I'm so jealous. Glad to see your back Othmar and that you're settling in in the new town.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back and to hear that the move went smoothly. You've certainly moved to a beautiful place.

I'm moving in a few weeks myself. Just across town, so hopefully I won't be without Internet service for long.

Blessed said...

Glad to have you back!

Othmar Vohringer said...

Thank you all for the kind words and the welcome back. We feel very fortunate to live here in this wonderful place. We planed for a few years to move to Merritt and when the opportunity came up with grabbed it with both hands and didn’t let go.

Now I am off to the archery range and then do some scouting for the upcoming hunting season. It’s wonderful to have everything practically at your doorstep.


CDGardens said...

Positively beautiful scenery! Will be interested in hearing about and seeing pictures of your winter weather.

Glad you have the computer back together...

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