I want to tell you about my very first day in Kelwood...
I had packed up my car, said my goodbyes to Brandon and set off to the unknown. Nadia had told me that it would be a "settle in" day which sounded good to me.. I'd clean up Kendrick Cottage, unpack, grab some groceries, check out the town and relax in my new surroundings! Well, five minutes later I found myself sitting in complete and utter silence (I soon learned that DVDs would become a Godsent). So I decided to visit the wonderful Paul and Helen French of French's Farm! I know Paul and Helen through their daughter Lorna who I am roommates with back in Brandon, and who coincidentally is the reason I'm in Kelwood (yay Lorna!). They had always said I was more than welcome to stop by if I ever needed anything, so I took them up on their offer for some company. Little did I know I was soon to become the most well educated city girl on pigs and cows that there ever was.
After a cup of tea on the deck, and a mass murder of approximately 800 mosquitoes, Paul and I headed out on the quad to check on the cows. Coming from a smaller city like Brandon, I had obviously been acquainted with cattle and other livestock, but never have I been so close to touch one! This may seem like a trivial thing to most people who live in the area, but I thought it was pretty awesome :). What was even better was that Paul explained a lot of detail about producing cattle. Fact: you can tell the usefulness of a cow by the shape of its "rear" ...Thank you Paul! After we made sure the cattle were healthy and safe we headed over to feed the pigs. I've never seen a pig move so fast. The piglets were so adorable! However, they are fast little buggers and apparently are not fans of humans stalking them.. so I wasn't able to get up close, but I ooh'd and ahh'd from afar :). Next, Paul was generous enough to take me around all of their farm land and a bit of neighboring land to check out the views and some projects him and his son Byron had been working on. We even saw an elk (another first for me!).. apparently I don't get out much.
So that was my first day in Kelwood! I've been falling in love with the prairies all over again ever since :).
A little bit about French's Farm..
French's Farm is located one mile west of Kelwood right at the foot of Riding Mountain National Park. They offer grass fed angus beef and pastured pork as well as the farm cottage bed and breakfast, a beautiful cottage where you can catch up on rest and relaxation surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Riding Mountain. Check them out at www.frenchsfarm.com!