Friday, September 11, 2009

Life of a Land Girl on the Home-front, Part II: My Town

Lately, I've been really into a sort of "English Cultivation meets the Semi-Rural Wilderness" aesthetic. Obviously, I think this is in part due to my love of 1940s land-girls and their style, which reflects the "well educated ladies transplanted to the country" history in a fabulous way (more on that later). However, I also think this is because the town I've moved to is very much a unique product of Victorian imperialism combined with the Upper Canadian frontier; the street names and the architecture of the town really illuminate these forces jostling against one another. See below for a visual sampling of the rustic-refinement of my village.









Being the descendant of English, Scottish, and Welsh "gentlefolk turned prairie farmers" on one side and American, Dutch, and Ukrainian Depression-Era Dustbowl folk on the other, I think this town really embodies my own identity.

6 comments:

Gingeyginge said...

It looks so lovely...

Gina said...

Wow, lovely architecture. I love historic and Victorian neighborhoods.

avintagespirit (Lizzy) said...

Gorgeous pictures, I just love Victorian era homes and buildings. It is definitely one of my dreams to own a Victorian home one day!
All you Canadian girls make me wish I lived there, it looks so pretty.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh it looks gorgeous, lovely place to live by the sounds.
xoxo

Andi B. Goode said...

What a lovely town. Very picturesque.
-Andi x

LandGirlontheHomeFront said...

The old part of town, called the Core, is absolutely dreamy and historic. The outlying areas are a combination of farmers' fields and new housing subdivisions. I hope the Core never disappears. I could live out my entire life without ever venturing outside it and be completely content!