|I am standing in front of Easton Manor on my 5th birthday, 1956.|
Easton Manor, also known as "The Farm" was my Shangri La, an earthly paradise---a 15 room mansion filled with Victorian furniture. The Farm included 100 acres of land, with apple orchards, corn fields,a quarry, several barns, gardens...Then, in 1963 The Farm was sold, and the furniture was auctioned off in a drunken frenzy on the front yard of the estate.
Tara, the plantation that Scarlett O'Hara loved, was pillaged by the Yankees; while The Farm was stolen from my grandmother by greedy, uncaring relatives. My family and I were unceremoniously evicted from the property by a vile woman who told my dignified grandmother, my mother and me to "Get off my property." My family and I ended up in "The Maple Leaf Motel" on Highway 15 in Smiths Falls, then we lived (existed) in a second floor apartment in Smiths Falls.
|A September 14, 1968 Ottawa Citizen article about Easton Manor.|
|On the outside looking in-Mom and my sister. (1990).|
My childhood ended in 1963. Up until the farm was sold, I had a blissful childhood---picking apples and raspberries, feeding the cows and horses, checking out the quarries and outbuildings,running, jumping and playing on the land...
|A 1990 pilgrimage to Easton Manor.|
Diary - August 24, 1966 - Mom and I visited a woman that Mom grew up with, she is very beautiful, has long black hair and looks like Yvonne de Carlo (The Munsters) who is Canadian. She gave us clothing, especially shoes, purses and dresses.
In Smiths Falls, my refuge from the poverty, incessant rock music and crowded living conditions became the Carnegie Public Library. (Between the years 1883 and 1929, Scottish philanthropist and businessman Andrew Carnegie provided money for the construction of 2,509 libraries in North America.)
|The Carnegie Public Library in Smiths Falls, Ontario---My Beacon of Light during turbulent years of darkness in Smiths Falls.|