We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend, filled with family, friends, sunshine and joy! For those of you that do not know, I am not Canadian by birth, I am in fact British born, and California raised, finding myself back in the Uk at 15 where I stayed for 11 years. When people ask, “where are you from?” I have to take a minute to decide which version I should share, the lengthy one, or the brief one, both of which usually heed the response, so how did you end up here? Well that, in itself, is another long story, so I then decide which track I want to take, the short or the long .

How I ended up here always amazes me, meeting my now husband Chuck in Malta, I never imagined we would end up in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada. A small town, holding many of the same people who were born and raised. Having an adventurous spirit and desire to explore new places, I was certainly up for exploring this town my husband was from, just to visit.

Briefly coming here in 2002, I enjoyed my time in St Thomas and travelling to Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City. There was a “feeling” I got from Canadians as a whole, and it was something to the effect of, kind, generous, polite with a good dose of humor along with a strength that I hadn’t witnessed for some time. This strength comes from getting through the winters, but also a sense of togetherness, like we are all going through the seasons together. Shoveling snow in the early mornings, to lighting up the BBQ’s in the summer, I felt a sense of inclusiveness that isn’t always the case in other areas I have lived.

With that, it took us almost 2 years before we were to return, this time with a new baby and a sense of excitement as we embarked on our new journey as a family of three, committed to living in Canada, and hoping to live off the land.

You see, it was the expansiveness and spaciousness that really caught my eye when first visiting. Living in the UK for so long, we could hop on a train and ride the length of the country in 8 hours, yet in Canada, it took us 8 hours just to get to another province! There was just so much space, and room to grow, we quickly decided that raising our children on the land was the thing we wanted most.

We didn’t move to the country straight away, it took us almost 5 years for the farm to find us, and I mean that honestly, as the property was never “for sale”. It just happened to land at our feet at the perfect time, and before we knew it, we had 3 months to pack up and move in to our now family farm we named Wildflowers.

We have seen such growth in our community since arriving here in 2004. The community has brought in many of the same stories, of people wanting more to be in touch with the land, getting out of the big city, and starting afresh. The amount of small businesses that have arrived, including artists, chefs, famers, visionaries, makers- Elgin County itself has flourished, and we couldn’t be happier to see this.

Our community has embraced us, and in turn, has inspired us to give back and provide the best service, events and experiences that we can.

Not only has our community embraced us, but the land has given back to us in so many ways, from the tree plantings flourishing, the plants, the wildflowers that continue to pop up and offer their gifts, to the animals and humans (!) it brings, we couldn’t feel more blessed and lucky to call Wildflowers and Canada our home. Happy Canada Day!