Thursday, August 29, 2019

Breakfast At The Hamilton Manor

This morning, I took my sister Annie out
 for breakfast to celebrate her birthday, 
 at the Hamilton Manor
 in New Carlisle, Quebec.

The Hamilton Manor is a historic mansion, 
built in 1852 and has been converted 
into a Bed and Breakfast.

It features Palladian architecture with
 English Neoclassical influences.
There are 8 fireplaces within.

We were seated in this beautiful dining room
 surrounded with 19th century furnishings.

Me, my cousin Gloria, and Annie.

I had oatmeal pancakes. 
served with maple syrup, fruit and 
the cute eggcup filled with yogurt.,
topped with a raspberry and mint.

Happy Birthday Annie. 

Also a selection of homemade jams.
Rhubarb, Strawberry and Raspberry.

Castles in British, English chinaware
on the buffet.
(My favourite chinaware)

The original furnishing are in the Manor.

The front dining room.
My photos are dark, my flash wouldn't work,
my phone was low on battery.

Our charming hostess and owner, 
Nicole let us visit upstairs.
She has 6 bedroom that are rented 
 out during the Summer months
Very clean and well decorated with antiques.
She was booked up completely all Summer.

A winding staircase .

The beds were not made up 
because some guests just left.

Some history of the Hamilton Manor.

from: Gaspésian Heritage WebMagazine.

The Hamilton Manor was built by John Robinson Hamilton,
Hamilton was a Member of the Legislative Assembly
 of Lower Canada, 
representing Bonaventure County, from 1832-1834.
He served again in the Parliament 
of the United Province of Canada from 1841-44.

A lawyer by profession, 
Hamilton was born in Quebec City in 1808 and 
moved to New Carlisle in 1830. 
Hamilton Manor was home to 
several generations of his descendants.
In later years, it was converted to a hotel and
 then a summer residence.
Today, it is a bed and breakfast.

When I stopped by the Hamilton Manor, 
to reserve yesterday,
I was greeted by these girls......

The photos outside, I took yesterday.
It's a good thing because 
today, it is pouring rain.

The Manor is currently for sale. 

I hope you enjoyed the visit to
 this magnificent mansion in New Carlisle.

Thanks for your visit xo

Another historial home in New Carlisle.
To view my blog on the Kempffer House, click here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Afternoon Tea At The Kempffer House in New Carlisle.

It's been a busy Summer
with gardening, visitors and travelling.
Sadly, Summer is coming to an end.

I finally get to have afternoon tea at 
the Kempffer House in New Carlisle. Quebec.
magnificent Victorian-era house,
 used by Heritage New Carlisle.

New Carlisle is 10km (5miles approx.) from my home and
it's where I attended school in my younger years.

The tea room was beautifully decorated
 in fine china and silver tea sets on each table, 
lace and linen tablecloths.

We had a choice of homemade scones,
raisin, blueberry, cranberries and plain.

Julia's Tea Room

My birth month flower.
Lily Of The Valley, below.

I had a delicious blueberry scone
with homemade jams.

On a beautiful plate

Spodes Billingsley Rose

The Billingsley Family are descendants
 of the Kempffer family.

On a side table

Battenberg Lace tablecloth.

Sister Annie and I

My Mom, (Bertha Astles) ancestors came to Gaspe, Canada,  
with this group of Loyalists

Some information on the building:
From Gaspe Heritage Web Magazine
A meticulous restoration of the Kempffer Cultural Interpretation Centre was undertaken in 2004 by Heritage New Carlisle, a non-profit organization run by volunteers and dedicatee to protecting, promoting, and restoring the architectural, material and intangible heritage of the town of New Carlisle.

After our tea, we visited the permanent exhibit upstairs.

A large selection of artifacts on display, of bygone years.
Very interesting.

It was a beautiful Summer's day here in the Gaspé.
Tea was also being enjoyed on the backdeck. 

This was the last tea of the Season.
We will certainly return next year.

Thanks for your visit xo

Another historial home in New Carlisle, the Hamilton Manor, 
click here. to view.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Canoeing For The First Time...

My daughter and family
 were visiting and
 had reserved with Cime Adventure,
and planned to canoe
 down the Bonaventure River,
on a short 2 hr. excursion.

I live close to this river,  and
 have never canoed down it.
Actually, I have never canoed ever.

After some persuading, I agreed to go with them,
if I sat in the middle of the canoe and didn't paddle.
This was a short 2 hr. trip.

Canoes and Kayaks owned by Cime Adventure, Bonaventure.
Cime Adventure offer a variety of touristic activities. 

The Bonaventure River is an Atlantic Salmon River.

One of the cleanest, clearest rivers in the world.

Me, and Sabrina, my granddaughter,
 Martin, son-in-law, 
Suzanne, daughter
 and Mathieu, my grandson. 

Martin and Mathieu
testing the depth of the water.

I'm not a great swimmer,
I was relieved,  it was so shallow.

I test it for myself.

I'm short and the water wasn't to my knees.

Spectacular view, in a black spruce forest.

There were some small rapids which added 
thrills and  fun to the trip. 

The river is very shallow most of the trip 
except for a few salmon pools.

Cristal clear waters

Martin, Sabrina, 
and Mathieu

We stop along the way
for a break.

Enjoying the view.

Mathieu, my grandson.
He started High School, this week.

Mathieu and Sabrina.
The rest of our group behind.

Chris, Dominic, Isobel and Sophie.

Under bridges,

Below, here I am at the front of the canoe....paddling,

It got very windy at this point, near the end of our trip, 
 and we had the wind against us. 

I paddled to help Suzanne reach the dock. 
I must admit that at times 
we were going in circles or
 in the wrong direction,
because of my poor paddling skills.

With Suzanne's guidance we made it to the dock.
Fortunately, she is an experience canoer.

Exhausted and hungry, 
we stop at the chalet for lunch.

On their menu, along with other dishes, 
a large selection of "Poutines".
Quebec is famous for it's Poutines.

A lot of fun and a great experience
 and adventure, with family and friends.

Thanks for your visit xo.