In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Friday, June 4, 2010

more history of our house

Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia publishes a lovely quarterly called The Griffin. Its summer issue has an article I wrote about the history of our house, which you can download as a pdf file if you like. The photos that accompany the article are not all my own. The circa 1911 photo is courtesy of Danno Goulden, and the western and south-western elevations of the house before we bought it are courtesy of Wolfgang Schricker.


Janet said...

It's a very quiet and foggy Sunday morning here and I just downloaded and read the Spring issue of The Griffin. I enjoyed reading about your home and thinking of parallels to mine, which is a circa 1820's full cape with an older small extension off to the side. I suspect this was built as the families of earlier Planter settlements in the valley began to use their mountain woodlots for new homes for the succeeeding generations. Thanks so much for the link - lots of interesting articles!

Terry J. Deveau said...

Superb article. I expected pretty much stuff already posted on the blog, but no: tons of great new titbits in the article (or is my memory just more seive-like than I even knew?) Now awaiting the second installment! :-)

Anne Yarbrough said...

Janet, these houses can be a source of endless fascination, I think. Your older small extension is so intriguing. I wonder how common that pattern of building was at the time.

Terry, it's true, I keep finding out more things. It's all coming so slowly, since I'm limited in my ability to actually hang out at various research places. But maybe it's more fun this way. Certainly it's more tantalizing. A bits & pieces approach!