Dept. of Return

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 01:36 pm
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A Homecoming, of Sorts

It has been two weeks since I last posted, and once again, I'm trying to redress my absence.

If any of you follow me on FB - yes, I am intermittently there, more so since I retired, and I only rarely want to poke my eyes out with sharp sticks - you'll have seen a post or two on my feed about the moving of my childhood home from one section of the property on which it stands in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to another, by the latest owner.

The man who undertook the project is a Toronto architect who is willing to put in the money necessary to save the place, for which I thank him with all my heart. Other owners who had it after my Nana sold it in 1978 or so were a motley lot apparently, and the last owner let the place deteriorate horribly. Not to mention maintaining a paint job using the color that I've come to think of as Nova Scotia Puke Yellow, which I hope he'll eventually replace with the proper white with green trim. I also hope he'll rebuild the large front screened-in verandah the house once had,. I spent so many summer afternoons on that verandah. reading and watching the world go by .... 

ANY how ...shortly past New Year's Day, a CBC Nova Scotia reporter got in touch with me, because he'd tracked me down as the granddaughter of
Ronald Keirstead. WW1 ace and owner of the house that is even now (to my delight) known as The Keirstead House. We had a lovely conversation, wherein I was able to confirm that it was indeed that Ronald Keirstead.

I didn't expect much of anything in the way being quoted (I know how putting a story goes together), but I wasn't surprised at the one quote he used. It's the type of quote I would have used as well. In fact, the young man's reportage impressed me, and I told him so. The only change I asked him to make was to not ID me as a Tribune reporter - my weekly chain was owned by the Trib, and my stories would occasionally land on the Trib front page or on its online site. but I was not a reporter there. I apologized for not clarifying, and he quickly changed it.

The only thing he didn't include was my assurance that the house was older than 1867; an official historian, and an old sign in the basement argued for something later than that. However. when I was 11, historians at the time determined that at least one section of the house. the original farmhouse, was pre-1867. Those historians are apparently no longer around. 

Ah, well; it doesn't matter. Seeing pictures of the house,
reading the story, and watching the drone footage of the move. was wonderful. The property has long since lost the trees that used to front the street the lilac tree (yes, tree) in which I used to sit after climbing into it was only a memory, and Nana's three gardens were also gone. It didn't matter; I could look at each window and know where they were; I could remember each room, including the now forever-gone original basement with the coal room and the wooden fruit cellar. 

As I said in my FB post, I hardly know where memory ends and dreams begin with regard to this house. I do know that I am so glad someone saved it.

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Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 02:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Wow, what a cool story! I'm so glad they're saving the house and putting so much work into it.

My grandparents' house was painted that exact puke yellow in the 80s. I remember helping re-paint it and the paint was called "Sunshine Yellow!"

Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 04:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
What a beautiful house, even with the yellow paint. Moving it looks like it was very precise and well executed.

(Also, I got your Christmas card! So very sparkly!! Thank you very much!)

Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thisbluespirit
Oh, wow, that's very impressive! I'm glad someone wanted to save the house, though - that's really cool.

Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] maruad
Did you get this from when I linked it about 10 days ago? If not, then I forgive you for not reading my post. I know I have been busy as well.

Oh, I didn't notice the skylight before (watching the video is cool). I love all those beautiful old houses. Renovating them would cost a fortune but I still love the look of them.

This is very cool.
Edited Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 01:32 pm (UTC)

Date: Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dancing_crow
That drone video made my day!

Also your short post reminded me that whenever I went to change the oil in my car, I'd tell the attendant "Forgive me for I have sinned it has been three months since my last oil change" and they would all look at me funny. I only got a laugh once. But I laughed at your post, so thank you.

Date: Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Oh, lovely!

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