We have been happily touring guests at the site on weekends since the beginning of May. We welcomed Georgie and Lester, residents of the previous Methodist Manse in Zephyr; Heinz, a retired Eaton’s employee from Germany, whose daughter, Dorothea, is also a children’s author; and Carrie Brown, a teacher from Richmond Hill who was celebrating her birthday with a tour of Maud’s home. Her son, Brayden, describing his mother as an avid fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s writings, thankfully chose our gift shop as his birthday-shopping venue. And then there were the more than fifty guests greeted by Tess today when the Uxbridge Tour of Homes suggested a visit to the Manse as an alternative, when one of the homes on their tour was cancelled!
Mother’s Day weekend I was blessed with a visit from the McRae’s, a couple from Markham. Growing up in Markham, I initiated a conversation surrounding Box Grove, my birthplace and a hamlet in Markham. The conversation continued with the McRae’s not only knowing my mother, but being the kindred spirits that drove my mother, on more than one occasion, to Sunnybrook Hospital for her chemotherapy treatment. They were out of town when my mother died, so our chance meeting, that day in May at the Manse, brought a sense of reconciliation to us all.