Letters from Windermere by Cole Harris

By Cole Harris

Written essentially by means of Daisy Phillips, with a number of through her husband Jack, to her relations in England, those letters describe the production of a shortlived English domestic within the Windermere Valley of southwestern British Columbia. no longer given to introspection, Daisy registers her rapid and frank reactions to her new atmosphere and startling new lifestyle. From her letters we examine of the reports of the Phillips and their neighbours in settling the newly opened land and in their makes an attempt to develop fruit in a space with restricted agricultural strength.

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Of course, it was all frozen when we passed. Halfway down we had a snowstorm, and when it was over the whiteness of the snow everywhere was very beautiful in the sunshine. We keep on stopping at little places, and get about ten minutes to stretch our legs and buy bread. They are mostly lumbering stations, and the men are very weird. Some of them look quite wild. With their tanned faces and rough skin coats and caps they remind me of the men we saw in Holland, as well as the type of man too. I am sure we should rave about the scenery if we had a few miles, but when you get hundreds you somehow get used to it, and it will be even finer when the ice has melted.

The dog, of course, goes with him! He also takes an old potato sack to bring back supplies! He is wearing out his old khaki uniforms as they are the most sensible things for dirt. I shall have a khaki drill skirt when I am in need of anything new, but it will not be this summer. I do hope the Stores have sent off the Madras muslin for the curtains. It has to come by post, but it is no good worrying out here. 0. with freight. I had my first experience of "first aid" last week. I was here alone and heard someone calling out.

C. H. , President. R. , Vice President. Basil G. -Treas. C. 24 APL 12 Dear Mrs. Oxley, I have come in to Wilmer shopping and, having an hour to wait to see someone, will write you a short letter. C. and not as previously stated. The view from our house will be perfect. We are about 300 or 400 ft. above Toby Creek and only about 50 yards from it horizontally, so we look down a semi-precipice across a valley, up and down the creek, round the big curve of the creek to high hills two or three miles off.

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