Paul Deacon, who is the President of the Wiarton District Chamber of Commerce, who I am also a Director, was kind enough to contact owners Jorn and Elsie Christensen on my behalf to ask if they would take time out of their busy schedules to allow me an inside tour of their majestic Victorian Home which is now being restored.
I contacted the Christensens this morning, and much to my surprise they were able to meet up with me at 1 pm today. What a pleasure to meet both these very kind and knowledgeable persons it was. The time I spent over a coffee with them both in a bit of chit chat was most comfortable and knowledgeable far beyond the home they had purchased some 40 years ago within the Town of Wiarton, better known as 330 Berford Street.
I am a daydreamer myself, and once stepping into the doors of this magnificent home, my mind went immediately to imagine what and who its walls once held. The History, the livelihoods and even the dreams of those who resided there in Years long past right from its beginning .... so much to ponder and to imagine.
One of the questions I had asked was if they had known how long it had taken to build the house. I was told 2 years. That in itself is amazing, is it not? the time, workmanship and money back in the 1800's ... the materials being brought in by the waterways, and then possibly wagons and oxen? My imagination has no boundaries.
Here are bits and pieces of its glory and wonder, that I was to see this day ....
Respecting the owner's time and privacy I hope I did not linger on too long. I could have stayed put the whole day long entranced in my own daydreams of what I thought it could have been in days long gone, and what it will be again in days to still come.
Many many thanks to owner's Jorn and Elsie for allowing me to share their dreams and also allowing me to walk back into time. I am very grateful for the experience.
This was the highlight of my day, and I am sure the highlight for many days ahead. Nothing else I have done this day could outshine this experience.
I am certain I will be daydreaming about 330 Berford Street many times in my mind, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.