Friday 25 September 2009, my first day in Canada.
The sun was shining. It was warm outside. In fact it was positively warm – very pleasant indeed! Nancy had the grandchildren for the day to let number two son and his wife to go to Vancouver for a concert and a stay-over, so Don took me to see Glendarroch Castle, built in the later 1880s by wealthy businessman, Robert Dunsmuir, born in Ayrshire, Scotland, of very humble beginnings. He came to Canada to mine coal, but managed to improve his situation, finally becoming a great coal baron. Money was obviously no object, and the house was designed in Romanesque style, covering various eras. Building materials were brought from California, Vermont and Chicago, and in its elevated location it really showed off his great wealth and standing.
and rooms ornamented with beautiful fireplaces
Windows were decorated with some of the most stunning stain glass designs, and the drawing room ceilings artistically painted
Dunsmuir himself died before completion of the house but his widow Joan and some of their family moved into the “castle” in 1890, where they were able to entertain the higher echelons of society.
In its time, since Joan died it has been used as a military hospital and a college, before being left empty for some time. A group of enthusiasts then got together to raise funds to restore the building to its original glory and that work is on-going even yet.
After the visit we went for lunch to The Blethering Place – a British tearoom/restaurant! The decor was very English, despite blethering being a Scottish word rather than English, but the food was nice. Eunice and Maureen, you will be interested to see the diners at a nearby table…..
the local Red Hat Society were out for afternoon tea!
Then there was story time with Nanna….
I had kind of got over the jet lag but still went to bed early-ish! Not like me at all, but never mind! I was still tired!
So, still a few days to catch up on, but more maybe tomorrow!
Talk again soon.