Our farm is blessed with two waterways. The land is bisected by the Fallen Timber Creek near its junction with the Red Deer River. A smaller stream called Community Creek runs into the Fallen Timber just behind our house.
The farm was named after a ford used by pioneers to cross the Fallen Timber. Someone had tossed an iron kettle into a tree beside the ford, leading to the appellation of Teakettle Crossing. Unfortunately, the ford disappeared in the flood of 2005. Wading in summer and crossing the ice in winter are now our means of getting across!
The pastures, encompassing about 60 acres, are now all on the west side of the creek. The east side and the riparian bank on the west are spruce forest with a scattering of poplar and alder.
We have counted six species of orchids at the farm and over 90 species of songbirds. Mammalian residents and visitors include deer, elk, moose, lynx, bears, pine martens, coyotes, foxes, bats, badgers, rabbits and various types of rodents.