Places to Go

Burnaby Village Museum

My daughter, like me, is a list person. When she heard about our plans for a big family vacation this summer she was worried only that we wouldn’t have time to do all of our traditional summer field trips and created her own itinerary for us. We went out today (after spending the morning at the pool!) on the first of these vacation adventures…

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The museum is a fun little village set up as it might have existed in the 1920s. My daughter (the list person) is quite strict about taking the same route through the grounds every time, so we begin at the farmhouse!

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This wallpaper is so lovely – it’s a reproduction of the original paper found under a baseboard during the restoration. Isn’t it wonderful?

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This visit (although we have been many times) brought several new discoveries. At the farmhouse we had the chance to listen to some music from the 1920s with headphones using the antique radio. Fun!

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Next stop (after the bridge) is the bachelor’s cottage.

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That’s all there is! Except for this little gem – the poem hanging on the wall:

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Transcript:

“A pipe, a book, a cozy nook,
A fire (at least it’s embers…),
A dog, a glass, ’tis thus we pass
Such hours as one remembers.

Who’d wish to wed? Poor Cupid’s dead
These thousand years I’d wager,
The modern maid is but a jade,
Not worth the time to cage her.

In silken gown to “take” the town
Her first and last ambition,
What good is she to you or me
Who have but a “position”?

So let us drink to her but think
Of him who has to keep her,
And sans a wife let’s spend our life
In bachelordom, it’s cheaper!”

I laugh every time I read it – this dry humour never gets old to me.

Next stop: Seaforth school. (My daughter has a very school teacher like strictness about the order of operations…)

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I am the kind of person who ordinarily takes a ton of pictures (you have probably noticed!) but this little piece of history inspires the urge to document more than usual – it feels like you have travelled back in time…

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This little “town” has everything you could need. And more. Glass eyeballs anyone?

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Chinese apothecary?

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All the modern day conveniences…

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My son’s favourite place to visit is the trolley car barn. He was setting out on his own to discover it…

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My personal favourite place in the village:

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Elworth – seen here from the back. This is the house I thought I would live in all my childhood life. I imagined Nancy Drew lived in a house just like this one…

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My favourite part of this wonderful house is (of course!) the kitchen… Today my little miss found this recipe for us to try at home: (Stay tuned!)

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Last stop: (always saving the best!)

The C. W. Parker wooden Carousel – my daughter’s favourite, even after trying many rivals during our vintage carousel tour of the Pacific Northwest…

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This Parker #119 carousel was built in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1912. My two carousel riders always seem to find their way to their favourite horses…

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This is Vivian. She is one of the carousel’s original horses… We have ridden her many times! Her “high toss” mane is typical of the classic “Lillie Belle” style.

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This is Valiant. Isn’t he handsome? Valiant joined this team of carousel horses when they came to Canada in 1936, and we are so glad… I know one little boy who is particularly fond of him…

The horses spin around to the traditional accompaniment of this 1925 Wurlitzer band organ…

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Lessons learned today:

Remember the past. Honour it. It made your present. Live colourfully. Go for a spin when the opportunity comes up. Enjoy the ride. Smile. Laugh. Smell the (heritage) flowers as you go. Time passes quickly – savour the moments…

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    • Ha! That sounds like something she would say… Very Ramona. She is the queen of the carousel these days – she will be the first one to say which horses go the fastest ( the outside ones) and what her favourite Wurlitzer tune is (I think the Popeye song…) This carousel is amazing as it is all mechanical – not hand cranked. Love!

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