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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

E is for ELGIN HERITAGE PARK


Elgin Heritage Park is located in Surrey, British Columbia and houses the historic Stewart farm.  The farm focuses on the time between 1890-1920 and includes the finished farmhouse, a pole barn with agricultural tools and machinery from the era, a boathouse, threshing shed, root cellar, gardens and an orchard.  At certain times, there are site interpretators in Victorian costumes who provide tours of the house and grounds.  Nowadays, the farm serves as a place where families can get together and enjoy activities, special annual events, programs and just simply explore.  The farmhouse was built in 1894 by John Stewart on the banks of the Nicomekl River and features a wrap-around verandah, parlour, dining room and kitchen with a woodburning stove. Tours of the farmhouse and the grounds include several buildings:
  • POLE BARN | Built in 1900, the barn was used to store hay, machinery and once housed horses, a bull, cows and pigs. It is one of the last of its kind and today displays antique agricultural tools.
  • STEWART BARN | Built around 1900, it once stored a threshing machine and today is a program and exhibition hall.
  • BOATHOUSE | This building is used to display the old Hadden crab boat and is used to illustrate the oyster farming and crab fishing industry along the Nicomekl River and Crescent Beach region.
  • HERITAGE GARDENS & ORCHARD | See vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers once grown by local farmers a century ago including pumpkins, carrots, beans, heritage roses, snapdragons, calendulas, sunflowers and twenty-seven varieties of heritage apple, plum and pear trees.

Here's a slideshow I made up using my photos that I would love to share with you.  If you're ever in the area, do stop by for a wander.  But before viewing, please remember our enchanting leader, Mrs. Nesbitt, who has been entertaining us with ABC Wednesday for over 5 years now!  She and her energetic band of eager assistants embrace all participants, encouraging them with extravagantly exhuberant epilogues to continue to entertain us with their examples for weekly letters of the alphabet.  Continue to enlighten us with exhibitions of emotions, ecology, experiments, enterprises, and education!

Also, just so you know I'm not ignoring you all, but I'll be on vacation for 5 weeks and have my posts ready to publish from wherever I am that week.  However, I may not be able to get around to you all until I get back.  I will try, but I hope you'll still pop over and comment on my contributions.  I love to hear from you.   
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

21 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Nice park.
Have fun harassing D.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

nancygrayce said...

What a beautiful place! I hope you have a wonderful vacation.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Enjoy your vacation, I am impressed you continue to post. Elgin Park looks a lovely place to visit.

Kay L. Davies said...

One of my earliest memories is passing the Elgin Hall on a drive from New Westminster to Crescent Beach. A perfect choice for E day.
Bon voyage!
K

photowannabe said...

A very beautiful park. I would love to visit there.
I especially like the antique pump handle.
Enjoy every minute of your vacation. Wish we could all converge on our illustrious leaders home for a while. Have fun.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this beautiful slide show! I wish you a very wonderful holiday.

Carver said...

That looks like an interesting and beautiful place to explore. I hope you have a great vacation. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

EG CameraGirl said...

Great park to visit, it looks like. I hope you're enjoying your time away!

Lisa said...

What a lovely tour! Thank you for taking time to put together photos of such a wonderful place.

Meryl said...

Park sounds great. Have a super vacation. I am impressed with how organized you are!

Andy David said...

What a historical place. Have lots of fun and return home safely.

Lynette Killam said...

Hello Neighbour! I love your post on Stewart Farm. While we're in WR and Crescent a lot, it has been some time since we popped in to the farm. Will have to do that...thanks for the lovely reminder...:)

ChrisJ said...

Hope D takes you to Flamborough! You can't miss the cliffs and caves there. Be sure to visit Robin Lythe's Hole at the North Landing. It is magnificent inside -- but it will have to be low tide. Have fun!

Barbara said...

What a fascinating place! Have a wonderful vacation.

Carola said...

Wonderful photo show, great E collection.

HAve a wonderful holiday!

chubskulit said...

Lovely park. Enjoy your vacation!

Encouragement
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Looks a great place. Happy holiday!

Hildred and Charles said...

Loved your Smilebox, - music was sweet and full of memories. Have a wonderful vacation Leslie...

Lmkazmierczak said...

Enjoyed the photos....Happy vacationing♫

Cheri said...

Looks like a lovely place.

Also, I have to say that I'm very impressed that you've got five weeks of posts already ready to go!

Enjoy your vacation.

Tito Eric said...

What a charming slide show! Coupled, too, with a haunting solo piano rendition of "As Time Goes By." Bravo!

Cheers!

Tito Eric