Day 2 Mackie House

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day2_contrast

What I find interesting is the kind of things that existed here on the lakeshore – in what what was a pretty rugged part of the country back then – 1910. Things that were ordered, shipped, carried and acquired locally by the families. Dainty furnishings and glowing, sumptuous objects – in ironic contrast to the bleak bare grassland hills.

day2_kitchen

Today’s kitchen (right –  newly renovated)  is also a dramatic contrast to the equiptment available back in the day. Glad that I don’t have to iron all the linens after boiling them in a copper and wringing them in some crazy contraption.

day2_oldies

day2_lilac hedge

My favorite view so far. And a heady scent on a warm afternoon. The Lilac hedge is about 15 ft high and  200 ft long with a large park acreage on the other side. Both properties go down the hill to the lakeshore.

day2_verandah

My favorite spot – In & Out of the house…the bright and airy screened porch has seen some serious tea parties lately. Scones, cream, strawberries and dainty china. Pinkies UP!

day2_windows

It is hard to describe the light. It is a house FULL of large windows – and the glowing shine penetrates deep in through the rooms. The storm windows and occasional gust remind me that there is a deep winter in the valley – and I bet they hunkered down with all the fireplaces aglow on dark snowy days. We are fortunate in May to have fresh breezes and enjoy light filled days.

day2_woodglow

the Woodwork. Rich fir panelling with crisp white trim, relief friezes and sparkling dishes, copper and silverware. Every room is full of treasures & memories. Many of the paintings gracing the walls are watercolors by Paddy Mackie – the benefactor of this cultural gem.

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