It has been almost a month since Raymond and I were last at the Manse, the day our new maple tree was planted in the front yard. I think it may be the longest stretch between visits since we bought the house last January. I miss our Manse! But by late tomorrow night we will be back, and it will feel so nice (once we get the heat turned up and the water turned on) to be there.
The main reason for our visit this weekend (aside from the fact that it’s high time to check in on the Manse) is that we are overdue for a visit to the O’Hara Mill just north of Madoc, and a Christmas event is being held there Friday, Saturday and Sunday – chestnuts roasting on an open fire, hot cider, and live music and storytelling in the setting of a pioneer log house lit by candles and oil lamps. Pretty nice, eh?
The warmer months are when the O’Hara Mill is really busy. It was already in operation as a conservation area and tourist attraction when I was a little kid growing up in Queensborough, and my siblings and I went on many a school trip there. But in the years since a group of dedicated volunteers has turned it into a much more impressive setup, with several pioneer buildings, a working sawmill, gardens and nature trails, all manner of artifacts (and interpreters to explain them) and many special events. You really have to admire what volunteers can do.
So the visit to the O’Hara Mill will be a highlight, but it will be so nice just to be back at the Manse for a bit. For peace and quiet and Queensborough. And hopefully no mice.