The Masters Golf Tournament is an important event for us every year.  We live in Forteau,  a small town on the south eastern coast of Labrador,  in northeastern Canada.

Every year about this time I enjoy watching at least part of the Master from Augusta Georgia.  Not because I am a big golf fan but because it shows so starkly the differences between the two places only 1700 odd miles apart as the crow flies.

While watching the Masters Golf Tournament.   I can look out my bay window and watch the snowmobiles go across our lawn still buried well under the snow.

     Within another week  or so the snow will soften up so that the trail across our lawn will be unusable.  But there will still be enough snow around especially at higher elevations for those to get around.  Note looking on the second picture how there are no trees to fall over on the wires.  There is no lush growth here now.  There will be thick growth later on but not the lush green growth that you see in Georgia now in early April.

How do I feel about living here in the frozen north?  Now there is a combative phrase!  As a child and young man I suffered from many allergies and health issues made worse from living further south.  I have been healthier in many ways living in this sort of place.  Certainly living a slower life style is helpful.   While it didn’t seem to help my heart probably because of the stress of my job.  Living here clearly made me a happier person.   Happier than if I was still trying to live in a faster paced urban area.

We have now lived in Forteau almost 26 years.  Chose to retire here.  It is  not seen as a retirement haven.  But it is quiet, OK isolated, but for the most part and has the basic things for living a happy life.  The communications are mostly good so we can talk to relatives.   I can conduct my home based business here in the same way I could in a larger center.  Glad I am here and glad I can continue to live here enjoying these moments like the yearly Masters Golf Tournament that brings back memories of childhood spent in warm lush surroundings.