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My Happy Place

Even as a youngster I knew where my happy place was. Decades later it’s in the same sort of spot.

It’s my inspiration spot for photos. It’s my fitness paths. It’s our dog roaming and training area. It’s the spot that I go to sit and appreciate the sunset. It’s the class room for our grandchildren as the flowers and grasses come and go. It’s my super happy place when the cattle come to graze during the season.

The land management is left up to our dedicated knowledgeable rancher/vet who leases our land. He ensures not to over graze it. He rotates the cattle off and on as the season and grass conditions and his watering holes dictate.

It might only be 56 acres but I love every inch of it. I always knew it was a unique ecosystem but I did not realize that a)the Government of Saskatchewan Proclaims June 13 to 19 as Native Prairie Appreciation Week (( https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2021/june/14/the-government-of-saskatchewan-proclaims-june-13-to-19-as-native-prairie-appreciation-week)) or that b)it’s one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Only 13% of grasslands are native prairie.

Land that hasn’t changed for hundreds of years since the bison grazed here and the indigenous peoples harvested as they needed to.

Which makes us incredibly lucky that we bought land that included this parcel. Indeed that’s what sealed the deal. We walked through the hay field at the bottom and once we hit the fence line it was obvious it was native pristine prairie. That hasn’t changed and neither has our enjoyment of it. We provide good stewardship of the land.

When we built our house one of the things we impressed upon any contractor who worked out here was to “thread lightly” on the native prairie area of our yard. We situated our house to take advantage of having it as our back yard landscape.

The thing that always amazes me is how well the native prairie can survive the weather conditions. It can take the drought. It can handle the blizzards. It can take the freeze thaw that happens so often in the prairies. It can handle the endless prairie sun and it does it all looking gorgeous.

Before the rains. Farm land in the distance.

Bernie

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10 thoughts on “My Happy Place

  1. Beautiful views. I see no sweeping vistas like this so I’m struck by the fact that it is so flat. Your choice to live where you do clearly was the right thing for you to do. I don’t think my younger self was as self-aware as your younger self.

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    1. It appears flatter in photos than it really is. I live in rolling hills and that’s where I grew up as well – on the edge of the Big Muddy Badlands. I knew as a young adult that I would struggle to live in the mountains with no vista. It’s true as when we were in Vancouver I constantly felt claustrophobic. We left Saskatoon when our neighbourhood was no longer on the outside edge of the city. I love the rolling hills. I don’t think I actually know where you are located Ally so no concept what your usual landscape is but I hope it works for you like this speaks to me.

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  2. Thanks for this. You are right – the prairies are the most degraded ecosystem in North America. So glad you are appreciating and preserving your piece of it. If you haven’t read it yet, look up Sharon Butala’s “Lilac Moon”. In it she covers how the early settlers came out here/were encouraged to come out here with no knowledge of the land and then applied European/ Eastern Canada farmng practices that were/are totally unsuitable. Also, if you haven’t seen it yet on facebook check out Restoring 71. A young family bought a former farm and are working at turning it back into something like your land.

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    1. Oh yes I follow Restoring 71 on Instagram. It’s interesting what they are doing. I’m still trying to figure out exactly where they are. As to what the settlers did — Palliser tried to tell them that there was large tracts of land that should be left for grazing. He knew it was the wrong thing to do but no one listened to him. Shall have to see if I can get her book via the library. She’s a true activist and really lives by her words. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Nice to hear from you.

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  3. It is interesting how our wise younger selves know our happy place. I love how you say it is the classroom for our grandchildren. Great to raise awareness about the ecosystem here and throughout our planet. Fascinating about the native prairie. The balance and resilience of nature. Thank you for sharing an interesting post, Bernie. ❤️

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    1. I’m glad to know you found it informative. The post just kind of popped into my head and I felt it was an appropriate share, even in these troubled times. It really is a great classroom. The knowledge that the elders of the land have is amazing, whether they be indigenous or of a settler background. Thanks for stopping by and engaging here. Appreciate it. Bernie

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    1. I feel like it’s a farm girl “thing”.
      I hope you have some here that speaks to you for walks and I also hope that someday you can come join me for a walk out here. Take care and thanks for stopping by and commenting. Bernie

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  4. Oh my! So beautiful. it’s easy to see why it’s your happy place!
    And… I didn’t know this – Only 13% of grasslands are native prairie. Ouch. So grateful you are such caring stewards of the land. ❤

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    1. Thanks for appreciating our stewardship and my happy place. I also didn’t know that statistic but it’s sure obvious to see the difference as we have some grassland non native right beside us.

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