Few of my favorite things in the Conservatory

It has been awhile since I last volunteered at Dalnavert House…May, I think.  There has been a lot going on in my life and I just haven’t made the time and effort to get back there this summer.  But I do have some photos from one of my last times there.

I wouldn’t say that I adore the individual items in the conservatory but I do like the over all effect of those items in the room itself.  I think that if I lived in that house, it is a room I’d spend a lot of time in.


Dig you notice the open sewing box on the right side of the the above photo?  It has lovely pictures on its sides.


This room would be nice on a cool winter day to sit in the sun reading or knitting.

I like the idea of a pet bird having a sunny room to be in.  But may be in a bigger cage!


If you ever get to Winnipeg, do go and see Dalnavert!

Tea cups

My last post was about an outing and tea.  This post is a variation on the theme.  Victorian at Hearts previous outing got cancelled because of weather so we got together and had a stitch and bitch instead.  During that stitch and bitch, I got rid of a bunch of fabric with Lottie taking some.   Shirley brought some fabric as well and I was good and didn’t take much of that.  What didn’t get taken was donated.

Also during that tea, I gave the girls a gift I had been considering giving at Christmas time.  I found 3 tea cups with pictures of Queen Victoria while doing some thrifting.

Shirley took the orange one.


I took the purple one.


Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the blue one that Lottie got.  Anyone know anything about these cups?  Since there is a picture of the young queen and the old queen, I’m guessing it is some sort of commemorative cup of her jubilee but I don’t think they are actually that old.  There are no markings on the bottom so not likely very valuable.


Tea time Edwardian style

Lottie and I went out for tea this past weekend (we missed you Shirley!)  We went to MacDonald House in Stonewall.


The house is an Edwardian house with the claim to fame of being the home of one of our war heroes.


We had a lovely tea and quiche meal.


After tea, we wandered around through the tea house’s gift shop.  We found a mirror where we could photograph ourselves together.


After that we went across the street to a second hand store.  It was a pleasant day pretending to be ladies out for tea and shopping.

Sorry about being MIA

The last few weeks have been busy!  My dog was sick (bring out the carpet cleaner sick), the out door heat has been oppressive for me and I finally got a position at work with more hours.  It is pretty different from what I have been doing in the past few years so there is a bit of a learning curve.

But, things are settling a bit and it is time to write up a few posts about the cabinet card album I bought a few months back.


The next page over from the last post is this one. A faded family and an Edwardian woman.


The group is two men and two seated women. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get a good photo of them.

Here is the Edwardian woman. She seems young.  Love the skirt!



Latest addition to my collection


A few weeks ago, I went on a family outing for lunch in a small city north of Winnipeg.  After a pleasant lunch, I convinced my clan to stop at a local antique shop.  I saw many things I wanted to buy but I had to put it all back so I could afford a cabinet card album.


Unfortunately, there is some damage.


I’d like to fix it but I don’t want to make it worse so that will involve some research on my part.

The title page…


The first photo.  Unfortunately, it is also in bad shape.  Too much sun perhaps?


You can still make out the figures.  IMG_20190701_082831621

Mother and child.  I can’t make out if it is a boy or a girl. Seems to be a fairly big child and I would think a boy would have been in pants by that size.  I could be wrong.  I wish I could make out more details on the dress and hat.  That hat has some serious height!

Rest assured, there are better photos in this album, that I will share later on.