If you have a question that you would like to ask Pioneers Tim
or Deanna please write them at email@example.com
and they will gladly answer you personally or have it posted on this site.
has happened to the homestead? (Heather from Winnipeg.)
A. The pioneers made arrangements with the museum committee of
Argyle to donate the cabins to them if and when they get their own museum
in place. until then, the landlord has brought in a lot of his own antiques
and is running tours for interested groups. These tours can be arranged through Tim & Deanna.
Q. Do you keep in
contact with the other couple? (Don Reimer- Reimer Express)
A. Never. Not that we haven't tried. That is the most disappointing
aspect of the year and time since.
Q. What happened
to the animals? (Anna- farm girl near Saskatoon)
A. We took the chickens home with us and we still have fresh
eggs from our new laying hens. The horses Duke and Diamond, were actively
giving hayrides at Rousseau River Bible Camp in Manitoba until Diamond
passed away. Daisy went to a petting ranch and has since had a calf.
The ranch recently moved near the homestead so she is "close to home".
Dorado, the Golden retriever, belonged to the Treadways is no longer
with us as she took her last swim and then lay on our front step and
went to sleep, never to wake up.
Q. Are you writing
a book? (Scherry - Chicken Soup for the Soul.)
A. Yes, but we do not know when it will be finished. Keep watching
Q. Would you do it
again? (Dan from Vancouver)
A. "In a heart beat".
Q. What possessed
you to do it in the first place? (Joyce from Wisconsin)
A. Deanna did NOT want to do it! For Tim, it was a new challenge
and the question was not 'Can I do it?' but 'How can I do it?'
Q. Is there anything that you did then that you still do now? (Mike
-Money Concepts )
A. Deanna-"We still sleep together".
Q. How did you find the transition returning to the modern
world? (Marlene from Winnipeg)
A. We found it much harder returning to modernization than 'turning
back the clock'. We feel that we don't belong in the 21st century and
we can't go back to the 1800's.
Q. I am so tired of this rat race, how can I do a similar thing?
A. Each of us need a halcyon experience once in a while. "Selling
all you have, moving into the bush and living like a hermit" probably
isn't the answer for most of us. Tranquility and rejuvenation can be
experienced in many ways such as a canoe trip or hiking a mountain.
Spend time in nature. It may be enough of a 'sanity-saver' to get you
through till next year.
Q. What was an important lesson you learned as a pioneer? (Linton-
A. "The important things in life, aren't things".
Q. What was the best part of that year? (Roger from Toronto)
A. Without a doubt, our relationship as husband and wife. We
needed each other. We learned to appreciate each others gifts and talents.
In the modern world, we run around doing our own thing, meeting for
a quick 'fast-food' dinner and then quickly driving the kids to an evening
event. Out at the homestead, we spent time with each other. Lots of
time. We became best of friends.
Do you ever go back to the homestead?
A. Yes, we go back a few times a year. It is very difficult because
we want to stay but know that we can't.
Do you keep in contact with the neighbors?
A. We have had a lot of fun keeping up our friendships. Many
of them have visited us in Kenora. The Hutterites make an annual visit
for blueberry picking and a day of tubing on the lake. he day is always
filled with lots of "whooping", laughing and eating and then
an evening of singing.