I love how many of Old Oakville’s historic homes are a reminder of the town’s historical connection to the lake. Edward Anderson, Mariner, 1835 Duncan Chisholm built homes for his workers, which still stand at 18-26 Thomas Street (though he and his own family never lived there). There is an interesting article about one of those houses … Read More
The Worn Doorstep, Oakville, Ontario. This is one of my favourite Old Oakville historical homes. It was built in 1870, though it wasn’t yet a home – it was built as a paint factory. It has also been an electric generating plant and a guest house. It became a private residence in 1966, when it was purchased … Read More
Last month, my husband and I spent a couple of weeks visiting family in Finland and Germany. The historical site we were both most excited to see was Turku Castle, in southwest Finland. Turku was the capital of Finland until 1812, when Alexander I, thinking Turku was a little too close to Sweden and too far from … Read More
In Male Attire Some young lady on the east side is having all the fun she wants by wearing men’s clothes. She may come to grief if she does not watch out.
Last year, I found a copy of Mrs Beeton’s Household Management in a secondhand book store, and snapped it up eagerly. It isn’t obvious when it was printed. A previous owner wrote her name and the year 1944, but certain things made me believe this was already a few years old when she got it – for … Read More
This 1945 penny was in my change from the grocery store in 2010, and it’s one of my most prized possessions. I’m not really a monarchist, but I like to imagine the way the world was when this coin was new. In the grander scheme of history, it’s very recent, but these days the world … Read More
My husband and I have been watching a Ken Burns documentary: The Dust Bowl, about the severe drought and dust storms on the southern American Plains in the ’30s. One effect of the drought is that local wildlife started to starve, and began moving farther afield to look for food. Thousands of jackrabbits, hungry and … Read More