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I got a phone call yesterday morning, a flower delivery service asking if I would be home to accept a delivery. Flowers? For me? Who would be sending me flowers?

When the arrangement arrived, I was surprised to find that it was sent by the furnace installation company that had recently installed our new furnace. Wow! I am totally impressed.

We are very satisfied with our new furnace, a high efficiency model that is working perfectly. But flowers as well? Whoa, I certainly recommend Atel Air to anyone in their Eastern Ontario service range.

Now I am enjoying both the new furnace and the cheerful bouquet. Thanks guys!

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On the road that runs west from here, there is an old, abandoned house. The windows and doors are boarded over and the weight of years of neglect burden its features. Once, though, it must have been new. In its day, it would have been quite an attractive home.

The house is similar to a number of others in the region, build of straight coursed stone in a 1 1/2 story Georgian style. Georgian architecture was popular between about 1720 and 1840. After about 1840 Georgian conventions were slowly abandoned as a number of Revival styles, including Gothic revival, became fashionable. However, in Canada the United Empire Loyalists continued to employ Georgian architecture as a sign of their allegiance to Britain, and the Georgian style was popular for most of the first half of the 1800s.

Georgian architecture is characterized by its respect for proportion and balance. For example, simple ratios were used to establish the height of a window in relation to its width. The shape of a room might be envisioned as a double cube. This house demonstrates the symmetry typical of a Georgian design, with the centrally-placed door framed by a window on each side. The chimneys, placed on both ends of the roof, are also characteristic.

The side of the house displays a similar respect for symmetry, with the two smaller windows of the upper level placed above the two larger openings on the first floor.

The Stones of Edwarsburgh, by Sandra H. Robertson and published by the Grenville County Historical Society, is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history of buildings in the area. She notes that finding stone to build a house in Edwardsburgh county was not a problem, but locating a skilled stonemason might have been more difficult. The influx of emigrants from Scotland and Ireland between 1851 and 1861 might have resulted in a greater availability of skilled craftsmen, which might, in turn, account for an increase in the number of stone homes constructed during that period.

The 1861 census records William Marlatt, his wife Elizabeth, and their seven children as living in this particular home. Robertson notes that the house appears small for such a large family by current standards, but it was probably a vast improvement over their previous home.

The house is in pretty rough shape, but it is amazing just what skilled restorers can achieve. I came across this example of a home a bit farther north, clearly of similar design, that had been gutted by fire and was restored by Hubbard and Co. Amazing!

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There are moose (Alces alces) in the area where Ponygirl lives, an hour plus north and east of here. It is more hilly, less agricultural there, and the Larose Forest stretches for miles. Around here, though, large, flat fields of corn and soybeans are the norm, with intermittent forest cover punctuating the landscape. I hadn’t considered moose a possibility. Where would they hide out? But I was wrong. When we visited a local tree farm to get our Christmas tree recently, I noticed the moose crossing sign, shown above. Really?

When I visited weather.ca a while ago, I was amazed to see a photograph, posted by Linda McCoy, of a moose strolling along a street in Cardinal! Cardinal is a small town pressed up against the St. Lawrence river, about 10 kilometers south of here. How had the moose arrived there? Where was it going? The spot where it was photographed is a spit of land right by the river and the moose is crossing the overpass on its way inland. The photograph was taken back in October.

Hinterland Who’s Who fact sheet says “Before settlement, the large supplies of woody twigs needed by moose were provided by young forest regrowth in the wake of forest fires. Now that wildfire has been largely controlled, the moose’s source of food is often areas that are growing again after clear-cut logging.” Perhaps the regeneration of forest on poor quality agricultural land since World War II has allowed the moose to expand its range back into areas previous cleared for settlement.

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