As I drove around the valley earlier in January, when we had lots of snow, and sunny days, I was struck by how the valley has changed over recent decades. Farming has retreated, especially from the valley slopes, villages have collapsed, rural churches and schools have closed. Although we enjoy the scenery we see today, it's worth being aware of just how much change has gone on.
Local hamlets that once had a blacksmith shop, a post office and perhaps even a store, are left with fewer people, fewer buildings and no businesses. There may have been 88 people in Wodehouse, just down the road, 100 years ago, but there haven't been for a very long time!
Elsewhere, winter weekenders and retirees like ourselves have moved in, often living on those old farm properties, or in small clusters like our own subdivision. Having been coming to the valley for 40 years does give me an interesting perspective as I drive around.
Continuing Low Vision - I'm still feeling frustrated with my poor vision, but the doc says I just have to be patient and wait until my corneal cells settle down and I can get my new glasses. Doing a lot of squinting at the computer screen,j or reading slowly with a magnifying glass in the meantime. But we are supposed to get some winter weather back again.