Over my career
I had lived in a number of Canadian cities from coast to coast and
believed that Owen Sound is the ideal city for retirement. It is a
relatively small community with a population of only 21,000 and has
many parks, trails, and facilities available for public use. It has
a number of rivers and streams for fishing and near by beaches like
Sauble, Southampton and Wasaga for swimming.
Owen Sound also offers a safe and caring environment. With a slew of
outdoor activities to choose from the city also offers an iconic
downtown core, full of quaint shops and restaurants. Take a walk
along the waterfront and visit Harrison Park. Or how about a day of
fun at Kelso beach. The Heritage Place Shopping Centre is on the
east side, complementing the vibrant and scenic downtown core and
other arterial shopping areas.
I spent some time looking at Owen Sound real estate and was hoping
to find something on the East Hill where I grew up. Unfortunately
only suitable houses I found were situated on the West Hill. I
settled on a relatively new home on 3rd Street West. When I
grew up the whole subdivision where I now live was a private estate
that was owned by the family that started the Seldon Hotel where I
worked as a bellhop in one of my first part-time jobs. The original
house is still on the property and my house is located right behind
the original gate house for the Seldon Estate.
One of the first things I did after moving into my retirement home
was to begin a series of construction project. I added a 12x10
extension on to the sundeck; rebuilt the landings to the sundeck and
built competition standard horse shoe pits so I could enjoy my
favorite sport in retirement. However by far the largest
construction project I completed in that first year was the
construction of a 12x12 Storage Shed. Some of the construction
photos are shown below.