Monday, June 25, 2018

Here's to life!

Yesterday afternoon - to complete the catharsis that is my bicycling - I undertook a less purgative deliverance.  It nonetheless involved answering a moral imperative.  I felt the obligation to observe something. A new outdoor brick oven had recently been constructed next to the Elizabeth Kelly Library in the centre of town.  The gossip is that the contractor who oversaw the creation is a resident of Coleman's Island. Having now seen the production I can readily advance that he has joined the ranks of the many accomplished artists in the area.

Like most "things" that attract me, the oven is substantial. I understand the emotional weight of the components (brick and stone) is augmented by having been recovered locally from what I can only assume were historic sources.  It's manufacture is clearly in sync with the rocky surface of Lanark County; and it is conceivable that some of the bricks may even have come from the Brick Yard on nearby Metcalf(e) farm in the Township of Ramsay.  The brick antiquities enjoy an especially favourable congregation because they form the foundation of a truly singular piece.  It is bespoke fabrications such as this brick oven which little by little contribute to the elemental character of the Town.

James Macintosh Bell (long-time former resident of Almonte and owner of "Old Burnside") was a geologist. On the corner of his grand home overlooking the Mississippi River swirling about Metcalfe Park at the bottom of Bay Hill is a circular stone tower. The Tower is constructed as an obvious addition to the main house.  Reportedly Mr. Bell maintained a rock collection in a conservatory at the top portion of the tower.  I suspect he would have approved of the new stove!

James Abbott Mackintosh Bell

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