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Downton Kenora 7: Previously…, Updates & More

Last episode, I showed you Bonnie’s second Antique Room and how she was fixing it up. Well, boxes and boxes and boxes have been arriving at her barn, all of them full of new things to fill both her rooms up before the tourist season arrives. Every time she comes to work, she’s bringing in some more wares to add to her inventory list and to price and put on the shelves.

She's got ole looking new stuff...

She’s got old-looking new stuff…

And remember I told you how Bonnie and Elizabeth disappeared for a couple of days? They went off to Winnipeg to an auction, among other things. Sadly, they were outbid on many of the things they had hoped to bring back. But they didn’t come back empty handed. Oh, no! Bonnie got several items. This is the only lot she’s brought to the shop yet.

Bonnie doesn't usually buy china. But something about this Nippon ware caught her attention.

Bonnie doesn’t usually buy china. But something about this Nippon ware caught her attention.

Oh! The scribe just tells me that there was an Elephant with this lot that Bonnie wanted. Sometimes you must get things you aren’t really excited about in order to get the item you really want. She wants to enjoy the Elephant and some of the other wins for a little bit before she sells them, Elizabeth says.

I don’t even know what an Elehpant looks like. I have heard, however, that they are huge and that they have a deep-seated fear of an animal that is just itsy bitsy compared to them. So, Bonnie went to work to make her home more hospitable, more Elephant-friendly. And now we have a different sort of visitor at the bookshop.

I hope it doesn't get into my cookie bag.

I hope it doesn’t get into my cookie bag.

Another update… The village on the ice has disappeared. We’ve had some very warm weather, and the ice is disappearing, too. So all the fishing nomads have packed up their huts and … well, I don’t know what they are doing now. Before they left, though, Bonnie must have paid them a visit, ’cause look what we found sitting on the shelf in the new room:

I can't quite reach it. Maybe if they bring the ladder back into the room I can nip in and get a free fish dinner.

I can’t quite reach it. Maybe if they bring the ladder back into the room I can nip in and get a free fish dinner.

On Saturday on our way home, we got behind a growly beast that was driving very slowly, indicating a turn then not turning and generally snarling up traffic (well, two of us were following anyway) until it finally turned onto our Big Gravel Path. Elizabeth thought that the driver might be lost, so she stopped to see if she could help. The two-legger driving said that they were searchers. The police have suspended their search, but others in the community are carrying on because there is still no sign of Delaine Copenace. They didn’t come down Little Gravel Path, so we aren’t sure just how they were searching. Not door to door, anyhow. I hope they find her. Her family is worried sick.

This is turning out to be a long episode, so I’m going to close it with a few photos from today’s room on the tour, Bonnie’s first Antiques Room. If you see something you like, please drop in and pay us a visit. Maybe I’ll let you take it home with you! BOL

What you see from the doorway.

What you see from the doorway.

 

A nice East Lake Washstand and another wall.

A nice East Lake Washstand and another wall.

But don’t just stand in the doorway. If you don’t come in and turn around, you’ll miss out on a whole lot of other eye candy! Every room is like that.

Bonnie has all kinds of interesting little odds and ends stashed in her rooms. Two-leggers really enjoy exploring them.

Bonnie has all kinds of interesting little odds and ends stashed in her rooms. Two-leggers really enjoy exploring them.

I think Bonnie’s rooms will always be under construction. She’s in them changing them every day she’s working. So, if you drop in and don’t recognise them from our photos, well, don’t panic. We’ll help you get re-oriented. ~:o)=

Downton Kenora 6: Looking In & Reno Update

I told you we’d show you The Windows when Bonnie came back with the ‘wee man’. Sadly, Bonnie didn’t find a ‘wee man’. We’ve since been told they are very hard to find. That’s what makes Leprechauns so special. The are very rare. Anyway, Bonnie bought two fake ones that don’t fool anyone but look nice in the display. So, I made Elizabeth stand out in the rain on Tuesday and take a photo of The Windows for you. She wanted to wait until she’d had a chance to buy something called a polariser for her camera lens. I wouldn’t let her. A promise is a promise and I promised. So here you are:

Bonnie has fixed her window up for Easter. They won't let me play with the furry bunnies. They aren't real, but they look more real than the 'wee men'.

Bonnie has fixed her window up for Easter. They won’t let me play with the furry bunnies. They aren’t real, but they look more real than the ‘wee men’.

 

Elizabeth's Window

You see what I mean about ‘wee men’ being hard to find? There are two Leprechauns in there.

So now The Windows are done.

That doesn’t mean we take a break, though! Oh, no. Look at Bonnie. She’s found a new way to eat chocolate:

She's all excited about setting up her new room in time for the summer season, when all the tourists arrive.

She’s all excited about setting up her new room in time for the summer season, when all the tourists arrive.

Bonnie’s new room – we haven’t named it yet – used to be our Writers’ and Reference Room. It used to look like this:

This was the only BEFORE picture Elizabeth could find.

This was the only BEFORE picture Elizabeth could find.

Now, that same area of the Room looks like this:

The rooms look so much bigger and more alive in the lighter colour.

The rooms look so much bigger and more alive in the lighter colour.

Bonnie hasn’t finished filling it up yet; she’s still adding features and product. I’ll get Elizabeth to show you more of the new room when it’s complete.

We are going to work on the Darlington Room (for hand-crafted goods) later this week, I think. Bonnie will bring her chocolate eater in there first, then Elizabeth will implement some of her ideas. I hope they’re good ones this time…

Downton Kenora: Episode 4: Going Back

I hope you don’t find today’s episode boring. I warned the Scribe that you might. She doesn’t listen very well. [Kind of like someone else we know?]

Today, we’re heading back in our guided tour, back from The Foyer and into the first room off The Gallery (I’ll show you that later), back into what I say is

soooo last season!

soooo last season!

The Christmas Room.

I think they should call it the Winter Room. I know I would find that more interesting. Bring some snow in and make it genuinely wintry. Now that has potential! Instead, B&E (that’s Bonnie and Elizabeth, not break and enter!) have done this as a compromise:

Not a real tree. Just a painting of snow. They are beautiful paintings by local artists, but still not the real thing...

Not a real tree. Just a painting of snow. They are beautiful paintings by local artists but, still, not the real thing…

After taking this picture, the Scribe got a little fed up with my attitude. I guess I can’t blame her. She works hard to make things look nice, and her goal is not to achieve real winter. She says I can go outside and experience that. I can have all I want of it when we get home. “Show some spirit, Stella!” she said.

“We aren’t even open yet.”

Then she got an idea. I hate it when Elizabeth gets ideas.

“Why don’t you take a photo?” Not a good idea at all. Look what happens:

I really did take this photo. I stepped on the remote. "Wait!" cried the Scribe, "We need to move that box first..." Too late.

I really did take this photo. I stepped on the remote. “Wait!” cried the Scribe, “We need to move that box first…” Too late.

I went back outside – not Outside into Winter. Just outside the Christmas Room. It’s too small for both of us.

Elizabeth took another picture from two-legger viewpoint. Just so all the other dogs who read this can see what's up on top of the table.

Elizabeth took another picture from two-legger viewpoint. Just so all the other dogs who read this can see what’s up on top of the table.

Look, another lesser Black Cawing Flapper! He’s not real, either. Neither is the Snowman.

One last corner and we’re done:

The cards and books and other interesting little Christmassy/wintry things.

The cards and books and other interesting little Christmassy/wintry things.

Oh! And there’s the Christmas Wreath hiding in the corner. Elizabeth says she’d better get that bagged and stored ’til next Christmas.

That’s today’s tour. Just one great big tease, if you ask me (today’s supposed to be my day off to play in the snow).

 

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