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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)=

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Downton Kenora: Episode 2: The Crisis!

Like all old buildings, ours needs a lot of upkeep. I know that, to my European and other ‘Old World’ readers, our building isn’t old. But by Kenora standards, it is one of the oldest. Well, part of it is. It is like some of the great European houses in that, over time, new bits have been added on. In this building’s case, none of the parts agree with each other. The front everyone sees is late Victorian/early Edwardian. The middle part, which is the oldest, was built about 1880 and has a Mansard roof. The last addition is at the back: 1950s in all its cinder-block glory.

I’m going to take you into part of the oldest building today. This is because it is the scene of unfolding drama. We all know that every good series needs some dramatic crisis to drive it forward, to keep viewers’ attention.

Our drama is in the roof. We discovered that part of it is missing and needs desperately to be replaced before the snow melts and the rain starts and the wood rots and the whole thing falls down on our heads. If that isn’t drama, then I don’t know what you’re looking for.

But it gets worse.

Elizabeth has formed a PLAN. If she needs to go to the expense of putting on a new roof, then maybe, she thinks, she should convert the attic into a Studio. That’s a special room where she and Bonnie can put their artists’ supplies and go to paint pictures to sell in the shop. Elizabeth thinks that she should put a little garret window in the roof. Something about ‘north light’.

What’s wrong with that, you ask. Well… to put the window in, she needs to get a bit of other work done on the inside, first.

It's jaw-droppingly shocking, even for me!

It’s jaw-droppingly shocking, even for me!

 

Who put all this stuff up here?

Who put all this stuff up here?

Elizabeth says she is partly responsible. But some of it has been here since 1976. She says the very sight of it has been so discouraging with everything else she has to do that she just hasn’t been able to face it.

But now, she thinks she can take it on.

She'll start where she can reach and work her way from the top...

She’ll start where she can reach and work her way from the top…

 

and the front...

and the front…

 

to the bottom and back.

to the bottom and back.

She started yesterday.

She says that she can do it now because now she has a goal and purpose. And now I’ve mortified her by making her terrible secret public on Downton Kenora.

I’m taking bets in The Foyer, but only while Bonnie’s there and Elizabeth is otherwise occupied with her new project.

Frankly, the very thought of this operation exhausts me.

Frankly, the very thought of this operation exhausts me.

I’ll resume the tour next episode and let this pot simmer as it may.

Working Hard to Hardly Work

People say things really slow down in the winter. That’s only partly true. For example, it is true at the bookshop.

Quiet

But there is much more work to do at home on the Campbell Estate. Especially after a significant white fluffy stuff event. After a big fall of white fluffy stuff, I need to get outside and build my special watching beds at strategic vantage points if I am to continue to guard the estate effectively. It’s exhausting work, as you can see:

First, one needs to carefully select the right spot. Check thoroughly for meadow vole runs before beginning!

First, one needs to carefully select the right spot. Check thoroughly for Meadow Vole runs before beginning!

 

Prepare the snow by clearing and aerating it thoroughly. This allows for a better pack and forces later Meadow Vole arrivals to go around your bed rather than through it.

Prepare the fluffy white stuff by clearing and aerating it thoroughly. This allows for a better pack and forces later Meadow Vole arrivals to go around your bed rather than through it.

 

Begin packing the white fluffy stuff. This is a great way to practice those dance moves without looking a fool.

Begin packing the white fluffy stuff. Keep your tail out of the way or you may trip on it! This also is a great way to practice those dance moves without looking a fool.

 

Remember to rest and rehydrate frequently. Winter air is dry, so if you are panting a lot from the exertion (and you will), this is very important. You can do it without going anywhere, too. Just gobble up some of the excess fluffy white stuff. So refreshing!

Remember to rest and rehydrate frequently. Winter air is dry, so if you are panting a lot from the exertion (and you will), this is very important. You can do it without going anywhere, too. Just gobble up some of the excess fluffy white stuff. So refreshing!

 

The energy concious will take advantage of the final stages of packing to do a little grooming before going indoors to have breakfast.

The energy conscious will take advantage of the final stages of packing to do a little grooming before going indoors to have breakfast.

 

Sadly, I was called in to work at the bookshop again before I could test this particular watching post out. I tried it out after my evening patrol, though, and it proved a great place both to wait for one of my two-leggers to call me in for the night, and to guard the main entrance to their house!

 

 

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