I haven’t been able to get to the Costume Museum lately. Because of parking and other issues, the volunteer sessions I loved to attend got moved to a less regular schedule with many of them being held when I am working. But through a Facebook friend, I did get to see one dress I have not seen from the collection.
Don’t you wish we still dress like that! Look at those details!
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!
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.
Isn’t Lottie’s hat great!
She made it herself!
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.
This past weekend was Doors Open in Winnipeg. On the Saturday I showed the kitchen of Dalnavert House to the guests and I showed the Costume Museum’s display of 1919 clothes (you guys already got a sneak peek of those items.)
On the Sunday I was at the Vaughan street jail. I wore my olive dress for both days but only had time and opportunity to get photos on the Sunday at the jail.
This is the whole Sunday crew. Such a fun bunch of folks! But what was my facial expression? I look like I am having a most satisfying fart.
We had the line ups hold strike signs in honor of the strike of 1919 and I do want you to notice our Mountie and the home made horse. So cute and funny!
I tried to get a couple of good photos of Olive in action. I shall have to try again. My petticoat was in sore need of starching apparently!
The bodice could benefit from a ruffled corset cover to keep it from riding up and sitting on top of the girls. I never did move those stupid buttons on the bodice up. Still on the need to do list.
At least the shawl I knit got a good use as it was freezing in the jail.
Some of the things one contemplates as one waits for the next batch of tourists….
How does the bird poop end up on that window sill with the next building less than an arms length away?
Note pigeon shape in the upper portion of the window.
How many years worth of pigeon poop are these 2 piles?
In honor of her majesty’s birthday, Shirley, Lottie and I headed out to Lower Fort Garry to enjoy the PERFECT costuming day! The sun was out. The sky was blue. The air was warm and there was a slight breeze. We missed the main rush of people so there was lots of room for photos. PERFECT!
Lottie and I wore 1840’s and Shirley wore 1850’s. Nothing new on either Lottie or myself but Shirley was sporting a knitted vest and a misers purse that she had made this past winter.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from my camera and Shirley’s.
Look at that sky!
Not a bad shot for a camera phone!
Shirley and I being patriotic! I loved Shirley’s little basket of wool.
We all wanted photos next to the old wagon wheel by the blacksmith’s shop.
I loved how Lottie’s white dress contrasted with the grey wood.
I loved this staff person’s dress. I don’t think she will love how her eyes look in this photo! Hahaha…Sorry about that!
Practicing before the big lawn party!
A game of trundling.
Gretel, dear, could you do an old lady a favor and peek in the oven and see what is in there. A little further dear, if you would be so kind.
Me want it!
There was a display marking some of the Fort’s other uses once it was no longer needed as a Fort. A prison, insane asylum and auto enthusiasts club were its former uses.
One of the dresses on display for the Costume Museum’s homage to the 1919 strike is this little number! Super cute!
I don’t know what job this striker would have had but she would have been stylin’! May be she was upper class with a bent towards helping the down trodden.
I adore the flower pattern and the necklace chosen to accent it is pretty nice too!
I don’t know if the hat is a set with the dress but it is a perfect pairing!
The color scheme reminds me of these photos taken over my house a few days ago. The plan is to move in the next year or two and I shall miss this little lake out my kitchen window!
In other related views from my window…
Now that he is named, he has become my “outdoor pet”.
Stay tuned for my next post! Victorian at Heart will be starting its costume season today! It is the perfect day for it I think! Sunny but not too hot! Yeah!