|Washing Day At Samuel Stong's Log House|
Nothing contributes so much to comfort and to the outward appearance of a
Canadian house as the erection of the veranda or stoup, as the Dutch settlers call it,
round the building. It affords a grateful shade from the summer heat, a shelter from the cold,
and is a source of cleanliness to the interior. It gives a pretty, rural look to the poorest
log-house, and as it can be put with little expense, it should never be omitted.
A few un-barked cedar posts, with a slab or shingled roof, costs very little.
The floor should be of plank; but even with a hard, dry earthern floor, swept everyday with an
Indian broom, it will still prove a great comfort. Those who build frame or stone or
brick houses seldom neglect the addition of a veranda; to the common log-house it is equally
desirable; nor need any one want for climbers with which to adorn the pillars.
Hints on Canadian Housekeeping
By Mrs. C. P. Traill
Authoress of the
"Backwoods of Canada"
"The Canadian Crusoes"