It's October 5th and that means it's my day to blog at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog. Stereograph, glass lantern slide, greeting card, magazine cover, and photographs from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Simple images to show that not much has changed when it comes to growing and showing those treasures of autumn, the lowly and fantastic pumpkin.
I'm over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog showing historic images of people on their porch swings, a place where they show the joy and agony of life. Memorable folks captured at this leisure activity, which was also a place of refuge.
These days, many people don't have a porch or veranda to hold a swing, but it seems that the trend may return by the look of the new styles of houses being built today. Good news as I feel it's an integral part of a friendly and caring neighborhood.
Porch Swing Time at http://www.hhhistory.com/2018/04/porch-swing-time.html
The social aspects of tobogganing a century ago are explored in my Heroes, Heroines and History post, Romance on a Toboggan. Back then in areas that received adequate snowfall, toboggan runs were prepared and iced slides that started high and ran long. An added bonus was that you got to hold your main squeeze all the way to the end if you wished.
You even got a nice view while you were at the top, like this one from Ottawa, Canada in 1922...
As always, comments and thoughts are appreciated and just to get you started, here's my question for this post...
Tobogganing on an iced slide of this magnitude would be exhilarating, don't you think?
It was more of a matter of timing than planning, but the 2nd weekend of October is when we finally journeyed up to the Preeceville area of Saskatchewan to introduce our son to his Ukrainian heritage, as well as reacquaint my husband with his. Since that was also Thanksgiving weekend this year with perfect Indian Summer weather, it capped off a special time for the three of us.
I've posted about the trip on the Inkwell Inspirations blog and although it's rather long, there are many photos of our beautiful Saskatchewan landscape that I hope will show you how thankful we are to live in this Canadian prairie province.
Here's a fun memory ... following a couple of 1500 lb bales down a Saskatchewan highway and laughing at the straw blowing across our windshield.
Til next time...
I've just returned from my month-long trip to Ontario and one of the treasures I discovered and want to share is the Jackson Point Courting House on Lake Simcoe's Lake Drive in Georgina.
And yes, the Courting House is still there! And on today on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog I'm giving the history of this remarkable structure as well as the efforts to preserve it.
So what do you think... was it worth saving?
Last weekend I attended the Write Canada conference where one of my stories, Here We Come A-Wassailing, was up for a Word Guild award.
To my deepest chagrin, I didn't win.
But I enjoyed seeing the satisfaction, disbelief, and tears of those who did, and am sending out another hearty CONGRATULATIONS! to all the winners.
The above photo shows the Novotel Hotel which hosted the conference, but it's what's on the other side of the picket fence that's the subject of my Inkwell post, Travel Gems and World Knit in Public Day.
Note: People who knit and crochet DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS POST!
The post is also the public unveiling of my new image, taken at the conference by award-winning photographer, Stephen Woo.
And so begins my post today at CFHS where I'm showing how young ladies enjoyed stepping out with their fellas through early 1900 photographs. The 1890's image below is only one of the activities I've used in my Photographs: Early 1900's Romance post.
Announcement: I am excited to announce that the CFHS blog is changing its look!
Eff Sep 8th, you'll see the change as shown in this graphic:
If you're interested in photos of Early 1900 Summer Fun, you may want to zip over and check a blogpost I have up on the CFHS blog today.
This is just one of many photos I've posted for your enjoyment:
Today's question is: What's your favorite summer fun activity?