It's true. We were never that pleased with the name Landon Ridge. It never really felt unique. It seems at least here in this part of Canada you can't turn a corner without encountering some kind of 'Ridge'... 'Maple Ridge' or 'Bear Ridge' etc. and we find it's commonly associated with more upscale kind of establishments. (ie. There's a Bancroft Ridge Golf and Country Club near us) However, we are not upscale. We are civilized and somewhat 'refined.' But we ain't no fancy Ridge!
It's also true - we've been trying to think of a more suitable name for a very long time. This has been harder then naming our daughters! We made a list of criteria. We've tuned into the land. We've made lists upon lists, countless mindmaps and consulted friends. I was ready to open a contest up to the general public but alas a name struck us on our last trip up the land. And wonder of wonders - we both finally thought, huh, that sounds pretty good. We were both waiting for that moment. The 'aha' moment. No need to convince the other partner. This is it. First things I did - check the domain, check Facebook groups, check Instagram. It's available, available, available! Yes, yes, yes. Swiped them all up. So here we are friends. We welcome you to the:
LANDON ROCK PROJECT
Isn't it brilliant?! Can't say it isn't solid hey?! Jokes aside. Sure, it's not a massive change but there are many reasons why Andres and I resonate so much more with this name. A few of those reasons for any curious minds out there:
- It sounds like Land-on Rock, which is what it literally is (see last point)
- The word 'land' is in it and we're moving 'back to the land'
- We love how it is so similar to London - which is where we both met, in London, England.
- Rock - easy to say, pronounce, and read in most languages
- Metaphorical reasons behind it are countless and tune in quite well with the theory behind our project (ie. foundational, solid, Peter 'the Rock for Jesus')
- There is literal rock all over our property, plenty of gorgeous rock outcrops and unique minerals as well. One of our first discoveries, during a walk around (before we even bought the place) was a cloudy quartz - was a sign right there what the name of the place should be!
- The land is located on one of the world's largest rock formations - the Canadian Shield. Some interesting info from Study.com on what the Canadian Shield is:
The Canadian shield occupies the part of the North American craton that's on the eastern side of Canada. Unlike the rest of the craton, the Shield is nearly bare, with only a thin blanket of earth covering its surface. This makes the area much less useful for some activities, such as farming."
Indeed - it is truly just a thin blanket of earth (again.. Land-on Rock ;) covering our precious property but we will carry on our mission in making it a thriving place for us and many others to enjoy. And yes, it's not right for industrial farming but we're looking forward to achieving our kind of farming :-)
The only thing that perhaps does not jive with us and the word 'rock' is that a rock can be defined as 'un-moving,' 'inert,' and 'passive.' Hmmm.. kinda true about rocks.. however, as far as I understand, everything is always changing and moving. The forms and shapes of the rocks of today are very different to what they were millions, thousands and hundreds of years ago. So let us move and change together. In solidarity. Let's be the Shield, the protectors for the Earth. Our place is a horseshoe of hope, a good luck charm for us and the planet. Let's Rock and Roll people!
Oh and before anyone brings up Alcatraz (the infamous Rock), I tell you..
Landon Rock is a place where you are always free to go - but you'll never want to leave :-b
Peace and love to all.