Even though I was born and raised in the GTA, I have been visiting Lindsay and the Kawarthas on a regular basis most of my life.
I was always struck by the easy pace of life here. Yes, it might take two and a half minutes instead of two minutes to get through the lineup at the coffee shop, or hardware store but that's because you have been greeted with a genuine "Good Morning. Beautiful day out there, what can I get you? Hey, how did your daughter's team do this year?" Yes, I happily give up that extra 30 seconds in a day for some genuine small town hospitality and friendship.
Fast pace is definitely what I have left behind since I left the GTA and moved to Lindsay, but to tell you the truth, it's only been a win-win. The exciting downtown Toronto shopping and nightlight is still only an hour and twenty minutes away. My friends and family in York Region are only a scenic 55 minute drive. I truly have the best of both worlds living in Lindsay. When John and I want to see the Jays and have a late dinner in the Distillery district, we're turning off the Gardiner before even we have a chance to get hungry.
As a child, we would visit my Aunt Olive on Peel Street in Lindsay for family reunions. My parents always loved Lindsay and were very familiar with the town, so when they became 'empty nesters' in Richmond Hill, it was a natural progression for them to sell the family home and move to Lindsay. My parent's home in Lindsay was now our weekend destination for my kids to get their Nana and Grandpa fix. I found myself spending more spare time in Lindsay than in Newmarket. The parks, tennis courts, movie theatre and, of course, the Lindsay Fair were the highlight of my children's lives. I even brought them to Bond Street for Halloween! As they grew older, if sports brought them anywhere near Lindsay, we made sure we were staying the weekend!
My own empty nest came after my eldest son moved to Tottenham with his new bride, and my youngest son decided to stay in Peterborough after graduating from Trent. I spent every weekend with my parents, and by the time John and I started dating, it wasn't long before both he and Lindsay had my heart completely.
After quite a few months of discussion and decision, we sold my bungalow in Newmarket in a day, and I moved here a month later.
This community has welcomed me with open arms. I have made some amazing friends, joined the Lindsay Golf and Country Club, Spectrum Gym and I am a dedicated attendee of The Lindsay Farmer's Market. The restaurants in Lindsay are wonderful and friends visiting from 'the city' are always impressed by the warm service, the quality of the food, not to mention the ambiance. We used to do our Christmas and clothes shopping trips only in the Big Smoke. Now 'the girls' and I make a point of shopping in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, and naturally, we take the obligatory trip to Bigley's in Bobcaygeon for the most spectacular footwear north of NYC.
I do love that I was born and raised in the GTA. My lifelong friends and my children's lifelong friends came with that wonderful upbringing. I love that I now am fortunate enough to now live and work in beautiful, friendly Lindsay. Both parts of this beautiful province are a big part of me and how lucky I am to know both areas so intimately.
If any of my friends, family or friends I have yet to meet are looking for help with their Real Estate needs, I will be delighted to represent you. If you're listing or buying, let my knowledge and experience in both the GTA and Kawartha Lakes help you move to YOUR next set of memories.