Matt and Amber moved to Sarilia three years ago, with their two adorable beagles, Tucker and Peaches (who’ve been featured in a previous blog post). Their family has since expanded with the birth of their daughter, Summer Belle, four months ago. We chatted with them when they originally moved here, and decided to follow up with Matt recently to see what their life looks like, after three years of river valley living.
What are the main lifestyle differences when it comes to living at Sarilia versus living in the city?
The exposure to our river valley ecosystem, bird watching, deer herds and the cows!
We love the tranquility and being a step removed from the city. The stars and moon are brighter.
What kinds of activities do you like to do at Sarilia?
Walking the trails, fishing and biking the grid roads.
How would you describe your social lives at Sarilia?
We have some great friendships at Sarilia and we look forward to meeting new neighbours as we continue to grow.
Can you describe your perfect weekend at Sarilia? What would you do?
It depends on the season or mood. Relaxing by the fireplace is perfect on a snowy, frigid day. Anything outdoors makes me happy in the summer months—even just putzing around the yard.
Gwen tells me you and Amber have a new baby. Congrats! What do you think it will be like to watch Summer grow up at Sarilia?
We’ve purchased the lot next door to us so it’ll be awesome to have even more room for her to run around. I hope living at Sarilia instills an appreciation for nature.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
It takes a certain kind of person to live in the country. It’s a decision that’s proving to more rewarding as time passes.