Monday, October 18, 2010

Tea with Friends - Pioneer style

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.


  1. This is really fascinating, Judith. What a wonderful trip to make with friends to celebrate fall. And this heritage center is really a fun bonus. I can't imagine doing all that cooking though! Hope your week is off to a lovely start. – g

  2. What an adventure you had, Judith! I love the sideboard and what wonderful silver! Love the spoon caddy. Thank you for sharing and yes, I'm happy I don't have to use that heavy cookware today! I'm sure my beloved grandmother had a stove very similar to that one. She ran quite the household! She raised a big family, helped my grandfather run the family farm, and she took in boarders as well. She was a big lady at five foot nine and I'm sure she could have handled that cookware just fine. It was nothing for her to have four pies in the oven at once. Wonderful memories!


  3. Beautiful shots. I miss Muskoka.

  4. What a neat trip, Judith! I enjoyed seeing the old stove - looks a bit like one my grandmother had in her basement, and also the sideboard with the silver. I'll bet the colors were fabulous too! Nice post, Judith. I enjoyed my visit today.
    Blessings, Beth

  5. What a fun tour to take! And the silver is just amazing! Thank you for sharing with us!

  6. Hi Judith,
    thank you for this fascinating tour. I love the oven beacuse I have one at my home and sometimes in the winter we cook on this oven. The work of a housewife was much harder in former times. But the silver is wonderful and I thing you are right, the spoon caddy also contained the sugar for the tea time. Was nice to see all this treasures.
    Greetings, Johanna

  7. wow, its such a small but lovely kitchen unit complete with stove and cabinets for keeping things, adds a tinge of adventure to having tea with friends, lovely post

  8. Hi Judith!
    WOW how neat to know these kinds of things. We certainly take so much for granted today dont we? Loved all of that gorgeous silver too!
    Happy Tea!

  9. I remember that my Grandmother had one of those stoves when I was a kid.

  10. Hi Judith, great pictures. It is always fun to look and remember.

    My husband is a wooden boat lover!!!! He even built one in 1992. Your trip sounds wonderful.


  11. Hi Judith...oh my I adore that spoon caddy and have always wanted one. beautiful and dazzling...i saw one in a magazine once and hope to find one..some day! beautiful post...gorgeous..and so interesting always! Hope you are having a sunshiny day! and have a most beautiful wkd ahead!

  12. How wonderful! My great-grandmother had a woodfire stove in her cabin in the mountains. I loved everything about it!
    Have a wonderful afternoon, Judith!

  13. Oh, I thought this was so interesting. Thank you for sharing it.


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