Last week we went on a boat cruise with friends to Muskoka to enjoy the fall colours. We also toured the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre which houses many old wooden boats owned and currently used by people in the area.
Inside, I gravitated to the heritage section where I took photographs to share for tea today.
Many of us will remember the old wood stoves and I was fortunate to have a fellow tourist that had cooked on one telling me all about them.
There's a warming oven on top and just above the narrow cupboard on the right there is a reservoir that held heated water for doing the dishes.
See that big kettle at the back? Can you imagine how heavy it is when full? I can tell you that it is definitely a two hander and only for a strong woman. Some of the churches here make their tea in them for events and I've helped pour it from one of them.
Even the cast iron pans are heavy and if you use them yourself, you'll know this for sure.
Our ancestors usually had big families or farm hands to feed so four pies at a time wouldn't be out of the ordinary.
I love this sideboard with the silver sparkling, it was probably the pride and joy of the family.
I don't know what this is exactly other than a spoon caddy - and what a beautiful piece! Wouldn't mind having one of these myself. What do you think? Maybe it was to hold sugar too?
Although we each host tea at our own blogs, it is Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage that brings us all together. My thanks to her for doing this from her home on the beautiful Prince Edward Island.
I'm away tonight and all day tomorrow but will try to find time tomorrow night to visit my tea friends.