In honor of the first treaty signed in Manitoba

The Seven Oaks House Museum hosted an event in horror of the first treaty signed in Manitoba.  (July 18, 1817).  Members of the Manitoba Living History group hosted a reenactment. My groups member, Lottie, is also a member of MLH and she was there in action! Front and back view of her ensemble.

There were some displays with my favorites being the spinning display…

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…and the gun and military jackets.  This jacket is a replica of the one that would have been worn by Capt. Miles Macdonell, first governor of the Red River Settlement.

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I loved the animal displays as well!  Who doesn’t!

There was a camp display.

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There were some stunning representations of clothing and of key players of the time in the event.

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Isn’t this cute!

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The event featured a parade with a flag raising and an offering from the aboriginal members of the event.  I hope to get the videos playing upside up in my next post.

Then there was a reenactment of the treaty signing and gift exchange.

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My understanding of this treaty was the original signers did a fairly good job of honoring it…but the next generation did not.  And Canada is still struggling to reconcile and start clearing up the mess that was made of broken promise after broken promise.

 

Picnic in the park

In spite of my procrastination on Saturday, I did manage to get my crap together and was prepared for my outing on Sunday. We went to Birds Hill Park for a photo shoot at the old Kudlowich Farmstead.

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It was built in the 1930’s but has crumbled to the point of “looking the part” for our purposes.

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I wore 1840’s, Shirley wore 1850’s and Lottie wore 1860’s.

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A nosy neighbor shot…

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Then we went to the barn.

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The path between the barn and the house made for some nice shots.

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After the photoshoot, when went to the picnic areas.IMG_20170709_130125538

Shirley got her birthday gift.

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And Lottie got her REALLY LATE Christmas gift!

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Then we played games before heading home.

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Saturday night

It is Saturday night before a costume event and I can’t get my butt off the couch and get things organized (lunch made, picnic basket emptied of UFO knitting so I can get the lunch packed in it, petticoat hooks checked, costume pieces gathered and ironed….)

I’m too tired.

I was out on an outing with my seniors on Friday.  It was a fun but tiring trip to the park.IMG_20170707_135438339

Followed by a wild night of tummy troubles for me and the dawning conclusion that puppy may not be feeling well herself (vet booked for Monday).  Crap crap expensive crap.

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On top of all that, I watched my kid start moving his junk out of my house into his fiancés home (which he will be moving into at the end of the month after his wedding).  I’m feeling nostalgic.  (Cried at home movies last night because I missed my babies).

So, is it my fault that I am procrastinating by writing a blog post about procrastinating?  Tomorrow I will be writing about how much fun I had but I’m tired because I was up at 6:00 am trying to get everything done…. Oh stupid me….

Cabinet card: hard use

I have a new cabinet card that I may have chosen to pass up because of the damage.IMG_20170502_083602793

Someone has, clearly, taken scissors to it to get it into a frame or album and at some point it got folded.  But their faces are still clear.  And the part that I go for…the clothes…are still visible.  They have big 90’s sleeves with massive collars.  The dresses appear to match.  I’m thinking these are sisters.  And their names my be…IMG_20170502_083631886

…Emma and Bertie.  (I like to imagine that the younger girl visited her older sister.  In honor of the occasion, the older sister made matching dresses and arranged for pictures.  After the younger girl went home, the older one picked up the pictures and inscribed the above message before sending it to her sister.)  It was this personal info (and reasonable price) that convinced me to buy it.  FYI Gananoque is in Ontario.

Random modern projects

This is just a quick post on some random things I did this past week.  I had a little party for my seniors at work that was ocean themed.  As a little treat, I dyed some vanilla pudding blue with food coloring to create “ocean water” and used some graham cracker crumbs to make “sand”.  They liked it!

 

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I also made little origami sea creatures (which I forgot to get a photo of) for decorations and parting gifts.

This past holiday weekend I worked on a modern summer dress that may or may not be worn at my son’s casual wedding.  It is all done except for the sleeves (and ironing).  I took this picture before finishing the neck line.

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I can’t decide what I will do for sleeves.  Easiest thing is to just hem the edges.  But, my arms aren’t exactly the arms of a 20 year old athlete.  But I also don’t have a lot of left over fabric to deal with so I wouldn’t get much more than a cap sleeve out it.  I will stew on it this week and see if any inspiration comes to me.