Thursday, January 22, 2015

What's in the Attic?

When we bought our farmhouse on Prince Edward Island, last fall, we were told it was about 60 years old.  Research shows that it's more like 85, but I'll blog on that some other time.  Being an old house, I wondered if there were any treasures left behind over the years.

We have this small, curved top window that is in the attic.  It's centered over the two windows that are (on the left) at the top of the stairs, and (on the right) in my daughter's bedroom.

Wouldn't you want to know what is up there?  Here is how we get to it, a small hatch at the top of the stairs:

My husband put a ladder under the hatch and climbed up.  He was looking for a junction box in a spot over the bathroom so that he can do some rewiring of the ceiling light in there.  So here he is up in the attic (I took the photo standing on the top of the ladder with my head in the attic):

And when I looked more to the right, this is what I saw... a suitcase!

Unfortunately, no treasures... the suitcase was empty!

He did find a dead squirrel in a rat trap, though.  Not something I'd call a treasure.

EDITED TO ADD: Yes, Tuula (see comment below), the suitcase is a treasure in a different sort of way.  Who can give me an idea of what to do with it?

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Signs On Our House

As I've said previously, almost all of my workshop is in storage.  This includes items to sell as well as tools.  Thankfully I kept back a few pre-made sign boards, just in case I might need them.

One of the blank boards was made with the pallet wood pieces horizontally glued together, similar to the one I made last year and seen here:

 and the other was one I made a bit larger and glued the boards vertically.

I painted the larger one green, since there is green trim at my new home.  I then found a nice font and using carbon paper to transfer to the wood, I painted our last name and the number of our house. This sign is now on the front of our house:

I did not distress that one but I did distress the smaller one, that is on the back of our house.  It is painted turquoise, then distressed and then stained on top of the paint:

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year's Day part 2 - Meeting the Premier

As I said in my previous post, we went to two levees on New Year's Day.  The second one was at Province House which is also in Charlottetown and is the home of the provincial government. Construction on this project began in 1843.

This is the back of the building which looks identical in design to the front:

While we are not political people, we did want to attend because of the history of this building and the fact that it will soon be undergoing extensive renovations which may take up to ten years to complete.  So, the New Year's levee was the last official use of the building before these renovations begin. We had to stand in line to get inside, this is the front:

While inside we made our way up the stairs and saw the room where our founding father's met in Sept. 1864, the Confederation Chamber:

As well we saw the room where the provincial government meets and has been doing so since it was first used in 1847:

We were presented to the Premier of Prince Edward Island, Robert Ghiz and his wife Kate Ellis-Ghiz. (Excuse my confused look... an aide took my camera to use for the photos and had trouble getting it to work LOL)

(left to right): Julie, Mrs. Ghiz, Laura, Mr. Ghiz, Eric
We all learned a lot about the history of our country and our new chosen province.  

I'll get back to woodworking and renovating our farmhouse in future posts!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Day part 1 - Meeting the Lieutenant Governor

In Prince Edward Island it is a custom to hold levees on New Year's Day, which the public attend.

Levee: (noun) a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)

Being new to the island, we thought it would be interesting to go and see what a levee was like. In fact we went to two, the first being at the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of PEI, in Charlottetown.

There is so much history on Prince Edward Island and this beautiful estate holds an important part in the creation of our country, Canada.

The home is called Government House and was built between 1832 and 1834 as a home for the British monarch's representative.  At that time, Canada did not exist, and Prince Edward Island was a colony of Britain. In 1864, 150 years ago, the father's of Confederation met in Charlottetown to discuss the creation of the country, Canada.

They gathered on the steps of Government House for a photo:

Yesterday, I took a photo of my daughter, Laura standing in this very place:

The house, also known as Fanningbrook, welcomes dignitaries from around the world.  It is beautiful inside, with many portraits, antique furniture and old woodwork.

While we walked through we were entertained by a small orchestra called "The Singing Strings:"
(if you look closely you can see my reflection in the mirror behind them!)

We were presented to The Honourable H. Frank Lewis and his wife Dorothy.  You can see them here Mr. Lewis is on the left, Dorothy is third from left and fourth from the left is the premier of PEI (I'll talk about him in part 2) We were welcomed and wished a Happy New Year by Their Honours.

Just around the corner stood a mountie...

There was hot apple cider and fruit cake served for those who wished some. It was nice to see the beautiful house and feel part of the community.  The province is small and everyone has been very kind and welcoming to us.

This is the view from Government House, which looks out into the Charlottetown Harbour:

We left here and had lunch in the city and then went to another levee.  I'll post about that next time.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sending Wishes for a Peaceful Holiday

Friday, December 19, 2014

Decorated Farmhouse Staircase

Our new-to-us farmhouse has a lovely staircase, with a huge newel post.  I love the old woodwork, even though it's been painted in a cream colour by a previous owner.

We decided to put a garland on the staircase, but along the bottom, not the top as is usually done.  We felt it looked better running along the bottom portion because the top rail runs right up against the ceiling, and also because the garland we had wasn't long enough to go along the top rail.

As you can see, the stairs don't go up from the door, they go up in reverse (there must be a technical term for that).  This did not leave us much room to get furniture upstairs.  You can read our exploits in that respect, in a future post!

Isn't the post marvellous?  The bottom square is 6 1/4" x 6 1/4"

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Tree that's not a Tree

Having just recently moved to Prince Edward Island and still trying to get things unpacked, we decided to forego a real tree this year.

And since there was a large hook in the ceiling just above our lovely bay window, I took a strand of fake garland that already had white lights on it and just hooked the middle of it to the ceiling.  Then I took another strand of garland and zigzagged it between the sides of the first piece.  Add a few coloured lights to the middle garland, and a few small ornaments and one big red bow and ta da...

That's it for this year.  Next year I hope to get a real tree and put out all our ornaments that I've saved over the years.

I hope you will all stick with me in the new year as I show more of our lovely PEI farmhouse and what we are doing to make it our own.

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