Over the years this house has acquired quite the patina (oooh….. an “Antiques Roadshow” kind of word, but it *does* fit).
I think most houses have their own personality but this one has a big personality PLUS the wisdom of being One Hundred Years Old!!
Imagine — a hundred years of giving shelter and warmth. An amazing contribution. I wonder what kind of future the builders imagined when they completed the work? They certainly didn’t know about television; a fireplace is the focal point of the living room. They did know about big family dinners and we love our dining room.
Lots of people have lived in and hopefully enjoyed this house. During our time here, there have been homestays, house exchange folks, long term guests…. tons of residents and visitors and we’ve always tried to make them feel welcome.
We don’t really know what happened for the first three-quarters of the life of this house and we’d love to eventually do the research… (well, we do know some of the rumours and we did find those gin bottles and love letters behind the furnace when we moved in).
And, my own little bit of whimsy…. from the moment set foot in this house, I envisioned a hundredth birthday party for it. I have no idea when it was first occupied, but the title says it was built in 1912, which might just be the date the water was connected, but it was enough for me to have made plans to celebrate its centennial on Canada Day (July 1) 2012. I’ve carried that thought for over twenty years. And it turns out that the date is also the date for the first block party we’ve seen since living here. There will be food and live music! Bring an instrument and/or a plate of appies.
So, for those of you who read my blog and know how to find me – this Canada Day day you’re invited to join in and visit the big old house once again and be part of what we hope is a great day.