Cooperage at Black Creek Pioneer Village

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Marilyn Whiteley on December 14, 2007

It was poor weather for photography during the afternoon that spent at Black Creek Pioneer Village, a museum presenting this area as it was in the 1860s. But there are few pictures of the village on Panoramio, so I did what I could, and hope you enjoy the results. After all, the settlers in the 1860s had cloudy, snow winter days, too!

Ian Stehbens on December 14, 2007

Many Australians love a COLD beer.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 14, 2007

Well, that should be no problem here!

Ian Stehbens on December 14, 2007

Yes, but probably not necessary. The English like theirs warm...

Marilyn Whiteley on December 14, 2007

Hugh has an amusing story from the two years he spent in London (one studying, one working) after graduating from university. It was a very hot summer day. He went in somewhere, ordered something, and asked if he could have a glass of water ... with ice. They thought it novel, but gave him one. The people around watched with amazement ... and it looked like such a good idea that many of them started asking for ice water, too, until finally the establishment called a halt to it. No more water with ice! Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on December 14, 2007

Dear Marilyn and Hugh, I must tell you a rejoinder story, before I leave on my Summer Holiday. I too was in London and with the team from the Commonwealth Institute one year. We went to a "pub for some grub". The problem was that we went at about 4:30 and found that they didn't serve dinner till 8:00. So we decided to enjoy the company and atmosphere and have dinner after 8. The Kiwis were particularly good at regaling us with humourous stories and the evening went by rather sooner than one might have at first thought. But between 4:30 and 8:30 there were rounds of drinks to consume. Being a teetotaller, I decided on something like a coke. Now I didn't want to look too American in a British pub (1978), so thought instead that I might order Sarsparilla but thought they won't have that, it's tooo Australian. Then I was inspired by a memory from childhood. When my mother was coaching me with my geography of UK, I learnt that they grew hops in Somerset, and that they also made cider. Mother told me that cider was apple juice. And to that day I believed her. There was never any occasion to have learnt that it may be a bit more potent than mere apple juice. I liked the cider they served. So interspersing my orders for a cider please with a coke please, I began to realize that I was feeling quite different from the man that had arrived about three hours earlier. I presume my laughter was louder. Then I saw that the cider was 16% alcohol. The pub grub was very welcome at 8:40 and I didn't care if anyone thought that I was being too American ordering another coke to drink with the meal! Ian

Marilyn Whiteley on December 14, 2007

Delightful (and instructive) story, Ian! Have a lovely holiday. All best wishes, Marilyn

Hank Waxman on December 15, 2007

Good photos inspire good stories. Thank you both, Marilyn and Ian for sharing. Excellent new batch of pics, Marilyn.

Cheers (especially appropriate in light of Ian's story).


Roger Sandvik on December 15, 2007

Great picture Marilyn. Withered (do you say that?) tree I think, makes such a good object in pictures!

Marilyn Whiteley on December 15, 2007

Thank you, Hank and Roger. I'm glad you think I was able to make good use of an afternoon with such disappointing weather. The previous day had been so glorious!

Ryan Calhoun on December 15, 2007

I like these barrels! It looks like they haven't been expecting snow, and now that it's come they don't know what to do. :)

Richard Ryer on December 16, 2007

Greetings Marilyn, The barrels in the snow are perfect. You probably found your selves having the whole of the outdoors alone. Snow cuts down on the traffic, I think. This is a very nice shot. And a cold beer does sound good. Oft times we will finish a winter hike and open beers in the parking lot to wind down before leaving. Of course you have to drink a little faster so the beer does not freeze in the container! Thanks for the barrels and all the stories.



Marilyn Whiteley on December 16, 2007

Thanks, Ryan and Rich. They do look sort of at a loss, hangin' out there in the snow--an untidy-looking lot!

Toronto is among the most multicultural of North American cities, though compared to cities in the U.S. it doesn't have a large Hispanic population. But later that afternoon at the visitors' centre there was to be sa Christmas party for Spanish-speaking families. So, true, there weren't many visitors wandering the streets of the Pioneer Village on that snowy afternoon, but some of the families had come early before the party. I enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm of these children as they explored!

Ramón Carlos Válor L… on December 19, 2007

Hi Marilyn, I look your pictures of the Black Creek Pioneer Village and I have enjoyed with them. They are very interestuing. They remind me of a Canadian musicians, La boutine Souriante. I like then very much.

But I disagree with the advice of Richard. In that place I prefer a bit of hot chocolate to a cold beer.

Greeting from Spain, errece.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 19, 2007

Thank you, Bruce and errece. And errece, a cup of hot chocolate is just what I had when I returned to the visitors' centre at the end of my visit!!

Greetings from Canada, Marilyn

✔chilefoto on December 24, 2007

Dear Marilyn I wish you a Merry Christmas and a great and happy new year! Greetings, Claudia

Marilyn Whiteley on December 26, 2007

Thanks, Claudia, and I wish you health and happiness in 2008! Greetings, Marilyn

Nadia Kushnir on October 20, 2011

Very nice photo! LIKE! Regards. Nadia.

pauliedweasel on September 2, 2013

Nice photograph Marilyn. John Taylor who originally built and owned this cooperage in Paris, Ontario is my Great Great Grandfather. His son Alex and Alex's son Murray (My Grandfather) also worked in it as a boy and young man. My father Don Taylor remembers going to it as a young man although it was merely being used for storage at that time. My Grandfather Murray, who died in 1964 saved everything, including this building. So after my Grandmother Nellie died in 1971 my father's older sister Jeane Cline and her husband Bob decided to donate this building and it's contents to the Black Creek Pioneer Village in 1975.

Paul D. Taylor/North Hollywood, California

Marilyn Whiteley on September 4, 2013

Very late thanks, Nadia. I'm glad you like this.

And Paul, thank you so much for the information. One of my greatest pleasures with Panoramio is hearing from people who have connections with or information about places I've photographed, and you have both! I'm very glad that Jeanne and Bob donated the Black Creek

Best wishes, Marilyn

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  • Uploaded on December 14, 2007
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2007/12/13 15:36:33
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 6.74mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -1.30 EV
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