Sunday, 14 September 2014

Garden Refuge


Armstrong's Point is a small peninsula jutting into the Assiniboine River near the centre of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The residential neighbourhood was developed for well-to-do families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today 123 homes exist in this peaceful enclave. The historic houses are nestled along tree-lined streets and surrounded with mature gardens. As part of a recent Heritage Home Tour, I visited several of these gardens.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Heritage Homes

Armstrong's Point homes
A sampling of homes in Winnipeg's Armstrong's Point
(These were not part of the tour)

The history inherent in hundred-year-old houses tells us things about the time period in which the home was built as well as something about the intervening years, when the houses were modified and adapted to meet the needs of the residents. Restoring hundred-year-old houses requires a respect for that history, a love of the past, and a lot of labour. This past weekend I got a glimpse into that history, respect, and labour at the Armstrong's Point Heritage House tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

English Garden

Assiniboine Park English Garden

The 1,110 acre Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba offers a variety of attractions. One of these is the English Garden. Its winding paths and free-form gardens are indicative of the English Landscape style, an approach to gardens that became popular in the eighteenth century. Irregular shapes and openness to the surrounding landscape were a bit of a backlash against the rigid symmetry of the Formal Garden.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Write Space

Does the physical space in which you work make a difference to the quality of the work or how you feel about it? It's possible writers and artists ponder the condition of their work spaces more than others because they continually search for the perfect environment to inspire creativity. Moving house and setting up a new work space has certainly caused me to think about it.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Museum Musings: Could I Live There?

When I visit museums with reconstructions of period rooms and when I tour restored homes and palaces, I often imagine what it would be like to live in that place and time.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

World's Smallest Museum

World's Smallest Museum, Superior, Arizona

North America is home to many unique and unusual museums. In Superior, Arizona you'll find a roadside attraction called The World's Smallest Museum.

Superior is approximately 60 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60. Superior is an old mining town. Just outside of town is Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which is what brought me into town.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Changing Home

This coming week my husband and I complete what we have spent the last 3 months working toward - moving house. Over the past 3 months, we've cleared over 20 years of clutter, downsized, cleaned, staged and sold a house, found a new home, packed, and took care of the many details involved with a change of address. While we are busy with the final stages of moving, I share with you some quotes about change and home.