2015 St James' House Tour - Part 2

The Heat is on!    Great song!

The heat is now on to complete my wish list for this property and I could not have managed to bring it all together on my own.  It would not have happened without the help of Nancy, Mavis and Robin.   What a wonderful team.   

Over the winter I had downloaded many ideas from my favourite App, Houzz, to transform my back yard.   However when quotes and "guesstimates" started rolling in,  our little list began to shrink once more.  Mother Nature was also part of our team along with wonderful neighbours and friends who supply me with their expertise, food, muscle and manpower.   Molly, Kathy, Brett and Hilary, Sheila, Georgina and Al.  

Jason from JMR contracting designed the dog run into an L shape.   How great is it to have a contractor who is married to a vet.  It is a wonderful design. Norm de Celles and his team were instrumental in working with the landscaping and even to this day we are struggling with Mother Nature.  It's still raining but then I'm used to that, being Irish.  

June 2nd 

Whitlock Golf and County Club very kindly lent me a framed photo of Peggy Bradshaw for display.   I will always live in Peggy Bradshaw's home!   The dogs are now happy in their favourite kennels.  A mini vacation for them. 

June 4th 

I was up up at 5am  to apply finishing touches to the property. At 9am my doors flew open.  Efficiency, style , warmth and confidence arrived. The ladies from St James were here.  They were to take care of every aspect of my home for the day in my absence.  Of course Ingrid brought wonderful flower arrangements. 

At 10am, as I left my home in those capable hands, I popped a Tylenol Arthritis in the hope that it would make me far more agile!  Not!   However food being my next 'go-to' I made my way to the Church as I had heard that there was a wonderful lunch and someone had made banoffee pie.  

I was too early for Lunch but I did get time to curl up on the bench overlooking The Lake of Two Mountains.  How beautiful it was and we had been blessed with one of the first sunny days in a long time. I was in Heaven and not because I took Tylenol arthritis!  

Lunch was, as expected, phenomenal; served by men in Tuxedos and accompanied by gentle chamber music.  Bliss.

 After lunch  I had the courage to sneak back onto Birch Hill and caught a glimpse of people lined up down the street to see my home.  I  gasped as I saw the crowds of happy souls chatting excitedly to each other.  The fact that they were happy deleted that brief thought that the line up resembled that of a a state funeral!

What an incredible experience. 

It's not really about my home though, it's about the local charities that benefit from this wonderful day.  It's about the great community we live in; the volunteers, and the people who turn up. 

Hudson is the BEST KEPT SECRET west of Montreal. When you give your heart to Hudson  It will borrow a piece and put it in safe keeping for your return. 

Thank you for my wonderful award of Home of Choice for the day.  Tt is my absolute pleasure to be part of this wonderful event.