|View From The Woodpile|
of Laskay Emporium & Halfway House Inn
|Barrel & Crate|
Storage at Laskay Emporium
|Threads & Lace|
|Post Office Desk|
|Keen As Mustard|
Fabrics at Laskay
|Crate & Barrel|
I never hear of an improved plough, or harrow, or cultivator, without going and having a look at it. I am always glad to see the peddler of Yankee notions, and ready to overhaul his wares. Has he an improved washing and wringing machine, I buy it. My wife tells me the one we have will do well enough. My answer is, this will do better; it saves soap and labour, and will be sure to pay for itself in time. Is it an improved potato-parer he has for sale—a cucumber slicer—an egg-beater—I invest. They may only save a few minutes’ labour each time they are used; but minutes a day are hours a month, days in the year, and time is money.
The Gentleman Emigrant
"This is now the worst season of the year;—this, and just after the breaking up of the snow. Nothing hardly but an ox-cart can travel along the roads, and even that with difficulty, occupying two days to perform the journey; and the worst of the matters is, that there are times when the most necessary articles of provisions are not to be procured at any price. You see, then, that a settler in the bush requires to hold himself pretty independent, not only of the luxuries and delicacies of the table, but not unfrequently even of the very necessaries."
Catharine Parr Traill
Ribbons and light fancy goods are still much higher in price than they are in the old
country; so are stuffs and merinos. A very poor, thin Coburg cloth or Orleans fetches
1 s. (shilling) or 1s.3d.(1 shilling 3 pence) per yard. Mousselin de Laines vary from
9d. to 1s.6d.
Probably the time will come when woolen goods will be
manufactured in the colony but the time for that is not yet at hand. The country flannel,
home-spum, home-dyed and sometimes home-woven is the sort of material worn
by the farmer's family when at work. Nothing can be more suitable to the climate
and the labours of a Canadian settler's wife or daughter than gowns made
of this country flannel: it is very durable, last often two or three seasons. When
worn out as a decent working dress it makes good sleigh quilts for travelling
or can be cut up into rag carpets.
Hints on Canadian Housekeeping
By Mrs. C. P. Traill
Authoress of the
"Backwoods of Canada"
"The Canadian Crusoes"