Our first stop yesterday was the Auchmar Manor originally built in 1855 by a politician named Issac Buchanan. We chose to go here because everytime we wait at the intersection by it the girls will ask me "What is that place called mom?"," Did only one person/family live there?" So we thought it would be nice for them to take a closer look. This property is in great need of funding and restoration, as it has no furniture and needs a lot of work ... enough that they will only allow you on the main floor, even some of the volunteers stated that they had never been upstairs. It would appear that part of the reason they have it on the Doors Open list is to advocate for people to petition to their local politicians to have it restore. Seeing as we ran into friends when we arrived ... the girls spent more time playing then actually paying attention to the information that was being told. Ah well, you can't win them all ... and at least now they have no excuse to ask me the same questions each time we stop by there.
Our second stop was Dundurn Castle and the Military Museum. Last year we had planned to go to Dundurn Castle, but those plans didn't happen and so the girls we excited that we finally got to make it there this year. This was as bit more interesting as the people were actually dressed up and the home was completely furnished and filled with old artifacts, allowing them to better visualize everything. They also had fun at the Military Museum as it had some hands on "toys" for them to play with.
We arrived home mid-afternoon just before Matthew also arrived home. And then ended our day by attending our Ward Social at church ... an enjoyable time of communion and fellowship. And now our holidaying is done for some time as Rob heads back to the grindstone tomorrow ... this time work with school two nights a week - Monday and Wednesday. And with another full-schedule this week it's back to work for me too! :)
Auchmar Manor - The Dovecote (home for the pigeons and doves - which were held in much higher esteem in those days - used for gaming and eating).
Since you are not allowed to use a flash in Dundurn Castle it was a bit harder to get any good pictures as my camera does not do well under low light.
The main staircase and the masterbedroom
Wow heavy ... sure makes one appreciated todays irons.
Playing at the military museum (right)