Saturday, 23 November 2013

A New Era

I am a little late this week as I had company and
Not sure where this post will lead…
 this is my "Friday Find"

My parents bought 100 acres of forest in rural Ontario
back in the summer of 1969.
They eventually built a home and moved there
when my Dad retired, at the age of 53, in November 1982

This was the view from their beach
of the bridge across the Burnt River that leads up to their driveway.
This lovely tree was smaller and relatively straight when they bought the land.
My mother loved that tree…
There are many older photos of it that she took over the years, which I need to scan, 
but this is the oldest one I have on my drive.

Oct. 8, 2007

a closer winter shot from the same year
Dec. 29, 2007

The following fall
Sept. 21, 2008
As you may have noticed, the tree is gradually leaning 
more and more towards the river

The photo below was taken his summer, 
while I was up clearing out my parent's home and getting it ready to sell.
Earlier this year, on what would have been their 64th anniversary 
and in accordance with their final wishes,
the entire family (all 16 of us!) stood on that bridge 
and scattered their combined ashes over the river and the property...
Aug. 4, 2013

Through a very fortunate set of circumstances,
my son, made it possible to keep the home in the family... 
He bought it to be used as a cottage for everyone!
This photo was taken when we all gathered for our Canadian Thanksgiving
as we have often done over the years…
Mom and Dad were there is spirit! 
Oct 12, 2013

This past week, my son sent this photo below from his phone…
Taken on the morning of the day the deal closed on the home sale...
Nov. 18, 2013
A smaller new tree was behind it…
and a new era begins…

More company for next week but will try to get a few posts up if possible!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!


Kim Klassen dot Com


  1. What gorgeous pictures...very poignant story behind them.

  2. Beautiful shots, and what a wonderful thing that your son bought this to remain in the family! My husband and I have a beautiful cabin that we spent hundreds of hours building, and hope that it is a place that will have a beautiful heritage just like this place does for you.

  3. These photos are gorgeous and then the story behind .. Such a beautiful area - wonderful that your son was able to keep it.

  4. An AMAZING series of photos!!! Particularly love your reflection shots. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Wow! Awesome series of photos indeed! Love this, Janet!