It says a lot about autumn’s charisma that I still love it even though it means the end of summer. I adore the open windows, bare feet, long evenings, singing crickets, and picnic-table dinners of summer. But then there are fresh apples, brilliant leaves, woodsmoke, and cozy sweaters, so it all works out.
In the case of the Sunday we went to Westfield Heritage Village and Myers Apple Farm, it was actually not sweater weather, it was gorgeous summery weather. PLUS the autumn colours. Awesome.
It was one of a series of Harvest Sundays at the Village, with animators in period costumes, speaking in first-person (with only a few li’l anachronisms) about their lives as settlers.
What a beautiful day for some high-quality heritage.
A wee corn-husk doll from the small building known to have housed an Aboriginal family.
Sometimes I think about having no such thing as plumbing. I am very grateful for plumbing.
Remember how this post is partly about petting animals? Some of the animals were actually just skins with heads.
Fun fact: this church had to be cut into pieces to be transported to the Village from Mountsberg. It’s been nicely reassembled.
Ticket from the Jerseyville train station! Which was operational until the ’60s. (It also served as Avonlea train station in Kevin Sullivan’s productions of “Anne of Green Gables” and “Road to Avonlea”.)
Ahh. So picturesque that I had to take pictures.
The druggist was the most interesting stop on the tour. He demonstrated how he made capsules and moulded pills; he showed how the turnkey works for pulling out teeth; and he explained all about the morphine, cocaine, and heroin that were used for pain management. In the good old days.
In the caboose! No seat belts.
It’s a really nice time. They are open this Thanksgiving weekend too, if you live in the GHA or Wellington County.
And bonus – just down the road, you can pick apples!
What a beautiful day for apple-picking. (And it really was – practically everyone went apple-picking that day. Or at least two other parties I know of.) And delicious apples they are, too. Empires and Spartans.
There are also goats, chickens, sheep, kittens, etc., that are pretty friendly.
AND, the best part of this whole day, which AB repeated to everyone who came close enough to hear: “THE BIG HORSE PEED!”
I think she thought she might get lucky enough to see a mini horse pee too. No such luck though.
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