One of the Blogs that I Follow has recently had a discussion on what makes a home ….. home. When looking for a new home, how does one know that “this is the one!”
That Post made me realize that all you “guys” that are Following Ray and I have no idea where we live, apart from Oakville and, with the exception of a couple of Toronto based Followers presumably cannot put that into any perspective.
Oakville is about a 30 mins drive from Hamilton to our West, and about a 45 mins drive from Toronto to our East. Travelling in either direction presents a vista (?) of houses, houses, businesses, houses, houses etc. Not a farm field to be seen.
The appeal of our neighborhood (apart from proximity to Lake Ontario) is simply its age with the resulting proliferation of mature trees and, in fact, we have a huge soft maple in our back garden which is a hiding place for squirrels ………….. and Ray knows it! We are about as rural as you can get given our location!
The cottage itself was apparently a standard economical design in 1920, and many were built to provide homes for the military personnel returning from WWI. Our particular cottage did have the covered front porch added later, but that was well before I (and later Carol, and later Ray) arrived here!
When I bought it in 1996, it was “priced right” for my circumstances at that time and needed considerable work but, being a wood framed structure and me being very comfortable working with wood (thanks Dad for showing me what was possible a very long time ago*, and also for my school carpentry classes!) the time and money put into it was well worth the end result.
So there you have it ……………… our home!
*See “Dear Diary – Page 16” – June 25, 2015