It was so nice to see "good" news on the front page of our local newspaper last week. Our beloved
Kings Landing Historical Settlement is finally getting a good amount of money (3.8 million, both federal and provincial) to repair the mill and dam which have been closed the last few years. Flooding in 2010 damaged the wooden dam and undermined the mill's foundation. The funds will allow replacement of the dam, repair of damage to both the sawmill and gristmill structures and replacement of the walkway atop the
The aging timber crib work and rock filled dam has been advancing about 8 inches per year. Many of the timbers are rotten and/or broken. The walkway atop the dam has been removed for safety, and the spillway atop the water wheel has also been removed as it was being pushed over the wheel. The sawmill is an iconic element at Kings Landing but also a symbol of our province's history, in which the lumber industry played such an important part. There will be much celebrating, I'm sure, when all is repaired and the sawmill and grist mill re-open. After all, the KL mill is one of the most photographed scenes in Canada! Great news, for sure!
Have you been to Kings Landing yet this year? I have only been once, but do plan at least one fall visit. I visited in mid July with a friend whose grandson was a Visiting Cousin. It was such fun to follow Teighin around as he and the other "cousins" went about their day. Here are a few photos from our visit.
School's out! The Cousins head off for lunch.
Lunch at the Morehouse home.
The Morehouse herb and vegetable gardens
Someone's been busy haying....
Of course no visit to Kings Landing is complete for me without a visit to the Ingraham garden. So beautiful, anytime during the summer. The delphiniums were at their peak that day... one of my favourite flowers...
I was very saddened, as was all the world, by the news of the death of Robin Williams. Such a loss, he was so very talented. I'm sure Billy Crystal will give him a fine tribute at next week's Emmy's. I have been enjoying some of my favourite Robin Williams movies on tv this last week- Mrs. Doubtfire is my all time fav, followed closely by Good Morning Vietnam and Patch Adams. What is your favourite Robin Williams movie?
And speaking of not-to-miss movies, make sure you catch The Hundred-Foot Journey. A great story and so well acted. Click here to watch the trailer. I enjoyed it so much I just might go see it a second time.
I'm working away on several new Miniatures; tomorrow I'll give you a sneak peek of the little Pineapple I have underway...
"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.