Today, my cousin Candice and I drove south to the St. Lawrence (I could see New York!) to visit Upper Canada Village. This place was one of my favorite spots as a child. Hm, should have been an indication of my future History degree, huh? Anyway, it's a historic town from the mid-1800s. Of course, with a background in History and an emphasis in 19th Century America, I was giddy with excitement.
We spent three hours walking through the town, which has typical businesses (shoemaker, iron works, broom maker, etc), farms and farm houses, manors and people in period dress. I took so many pictures of the houses and rooms to give me an idea of how to describe them in my novels.
Speaking of novels, I was hoping this place would give me new, exciting inspiration for stories. Well, I got the setting just fine, but no story came out except for one I've had for years. Maybe it's a sign to work on that novel, huh?
Anyway, we had a great time together. I bought a red and white zip-up hoodie that says "Canada" on it, which I know I'll get made fun of for, but it's seriously comfy and was buy one get one free... I can't resist a good sale and a good zip-up hoodie! I almost bought some of the Artisan cheese & bread they make there in town, but seeing as my cousin only eats Gluten-Free stuff, that wasn't happening. Oh well. When we got home we were both super tired, so we watched TV and played on our computers. It was great.
Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure!
What you see as you walk in...
A study in a house
Big manor house
Standing at the top of the telegraph tower
A kitchen in a farm house