Can You Still Smell the Fireplace?

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Can You Still Smell the Fireplace?

 

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The fireplace had its advantages and disadvantages. — – In the homes of the pioneers the chief feature was the fireplace, wide and open to the sky. In those pioneer days they did not have stoves of any sort. At the outside the fireplaces were made of hardwood logs. It often happened that the fireplaces caught fire and endangered the house itself. It was surprising, however, how long a log fireplace made of oak or ironwood lasted. In winter, fires had to be kept going constantly in the fireplaces, or the cold air would come down the chimney and ‘ freeze the house, usually a place of one room.

One man I talked to today had experience with an open fireplace in his boyhood days. He says he has, however, tender recollections of them as on windy days the smoke they emitted used to be blown back into the house nearly suffocating everybody. If the front door was opened to let the smoke out, the draught would blow the sparks from the fireplace over the floor. He said he could still smell that fireplace smoke yet. The fireplaces, despite their drawbacks, served a good purpose and many a fine and tasty meal has been cooked in them. Fireplace cooking may be a lost skill, but it’s one you can regain with a little practice.

 

 

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USA

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

relatedreading

The Deserted Fireplace at Watson’s Corners

The Fireplace Ghost on Highway 7

The Wizard from Lanark Highlands

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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