|the family farm home, prettified by later owners|
It made me think of a delightful man I recently interviewed, two days before the sale of his farm, a rare 1830's Scottish stone mill and adjacent house. Allan was letting go of his beloved Fogorig, to younger folk who can carry the restoration vision further.
|Centre Street Picton, where Dad applied 28 gallons of paint|
It's what our Mom and Dad did, after that first sale. In subsequent decades they bought, improved or built, and sold, a number of homes and gardens - always ensuring there would be trees and yard work for Dad. The homes became smaller and easier to care for, then eventually home became an apartment (granted even then Dad quickly became the resident custodian and yardman.)
|King Street Picton, with apartments for my brother|
and for the paternal grandparents
Recently, I had a few hours on a sunny day in Picton, while I waiting for a dear friend having a medical procedure. Had a visit round to all the homes.
Today I'm thinking of all the Thanksgivings we spent together in each of them. The size, the heritage value, the neighbourhood - nothing mattered but that they were home. And we were together making memories, keeping family.
|"the house that Ralph built", Glenora Road|
because every man should build a house, once
|the Bridge Street bungalow purchased while Mom and Dad|
were visiting with us in B.C.
|Morris Yarrow's fine new apartment building, c.1990|