Just a few miles down the road from the last garden we visited, was the home of Bert and Ruth Veiner. What a treat! Their place was chockablock with Peace Country pioneer paraphernalia, complete with fascinating details posted on cards and even a personal museum in their original homestead that rivals any public one I’ve ever seen. I hope they put their place on the tour again in the future as I am sure there were things I overlooked.
Anyway, here goes…
The new house is just a stone toss away from Ruth and Bert’s original homestead. Love the wagon…
A beautifully weathered shed. Out front a pair of old saddles were on display. The info card (and I hope I am remembering this right) said how one of the saddles was the very same that transported Bert’s father to the Peace back in the 30’s.
A pair of buckets “spill” creeping Charlie into a bed of vines.
More creeping Charlie mixed with soft pink petunias cascade over the lip of a whiskey barrel. Just beautiful.
A picture perfect picket fence gate leads into an old fashioned country vegetable patch i.e. a large one!
Antique farm implements displayed by the garden.
Lobelia in a pair of cowboy boots…what a great display!
Inside the old homestead-turned-museum
Ruth is also an accomplished artist. Her paintings fill a bedroom in the homestead. What talent!
Look at this old Eaton’s catalogue! Remember those? So many met their end–so to speak–in Peace Country outhouses. Glad to see a few remain in collections such as these!
Music and Milk! An antique record player next to a cream separator, a milk pail and what I think is a pasteurizer. Ruth said the homestead wasn’t nearly so nice when her and Bert were starting out there for the first winter. Pink insulation was exposed and the nails were often furry with frost. It was a tough life, and those who came later owe a great deal to brave pioneers such as these.