When I shared my post on spring decorating last week I mentioned that I had a question about the postcards on my coffee table tray. I found these postcards years ago in a wood box from my aunt's house. I always wondered where this place was....in the days before I was on the computer and internet....and the other day, thanks to Google, I found it.
Each of the cards has printing on it for advertising.
I typed in Carnarvon, Ontario and found Red Umbrella, Twelve Mile Lake and Minden. And little did I know that the Red Umbrella is still in operation as an inn. I'm guessing these postcards are from the early 1930's as one is addressed to my aunt who had a guest house and tea room called Hillsteps along the St. John River here in New Brunswick in 1932. You can read all about Hillsteps Tea Room here. The postcard was never mailed but it had a message on it.
"Just another view of the lovely landscape around here. Note the dinner-gong and are the meals grand. The Red Umbrella has rooms and cabin accommodation for about 40 and its a grand crowd that comes."
Do you see the 'dinner gong'? It's a wrought iron triangle hanging from a post. I guess all the guests dined at the same time and were called from their leisure time for meals. You can also see cottages in the background.
Here is the Red Umbrella from the back entrance. Do you see the umbrella? I imagine it's red!
And here is what it looks like today. I got this photo off the internet.
The back view of The Red Umbrella Inn. It has had several additions over the years.
The front faces Twelve Mile Lake and it looks lovely there. The Inn is open year around with lots of seasonal activities. It is located on Twelve Mile Lake near the towns of Carnarvon and Minden in the Haliburton Highlands. Here is a link to the Red Umbrella website. They are also on Facebook.
So, my question is....how many of my Ontario bloggers know about this place? Have you ever been in this area of Carnarvon, Minden or Twelve Mile Lake? I'm curious. I wish I knew who gave the postcards to my aunt and why they were visiting there. I read on line that The Red Umbrella has been in operation since 1929.
I found it interesting to research the Red Umbrella and wanted to share it with you, especially my readers in Ontario.
Yesterday we had a terrible blizzard that blew through here all day long. It started around 4:00 am and ended about 9:30 pm. The wind howled out of the northeast and we got about 32 cm. of fresh snow and lots of drifting. Murray went to church as he had to play keyboard but I stayed home as I wasn't feeling well in the morning. I've missed 3 Sundays in a row now so hope I can get there this week. Schools were closed today in much of the province as the roads and streets needed ploughing. Today is bright and sunny though and the temperature is 0C.
Looking out the front door last night around 10:00. Murray went out and did some cleanup with the snow blower. Surprisingly the deck was bare but the snow drifted really high in front of it.
Spring arrives on Friday but I'm sure we'll be seeing more snow in the next couple of weeks. We always do.
Thanks for stopping by to visit and as always for leaving a comment. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.