Hi readers. I know I haven’t posted at all this summer and I’m not going to go into the details, except to say that I haven’t much felt like it mostly because I’ve been exceptionally busy lazing around at the beach. Oh and buying a house. Sorry, did I bury the lead there? We are purchasing a beautiful 124-year-old (ish) yellow brick farmhouse + acreage. It’s just so fabulous and I can’t wait to share it with you, which is what I am going to be doing for the foreseeable future because this house needs some love and it’s going to take a while to shine it up nice.
Of course I’ve been researching. An Italianate style yellow brick home, built between 1884 and 1899, it was first the home of a once-prominent businessman and mill owner, named Thomas Pickard, in the small hamlet of Glammis, Ontario. It was originally dubbed Spruce Lawn, a name we plan to keep for the sake of historical authenticity. Here’s a nice little snippet I found written about the place in the local historical society’s book:
The new residence, with extensive landscaped gardens, was called “Spruce Lawn” and was quite a showpiece. Much entertaining of community and extended family took place in the large beautiful home full of young people. Spruce Lawn was the scene of at least three weddings.
Here’s a historical photo of the property. As you can see the cupola has long-since been removed. We move-in sometime this autumn, late October probably. Wish us luck!