Holmsey arrived in Chatham - Kent Ontario at the beginning of September, 2015 and he went on a couple little side trips while he was staying with me.
First he went to work on the day he arrived and that was a chore to keep him contained for the day, as all he wanted to do was to stretch his legs after his journey from Wiltshire England.
The next trip he went on was to Port Stanley Ontario, he did jump into the bunk of my husband’s semi-truck as he got scared by the wild turkey that tried to fly into the cab of the truck. But he did calm down as he got closer to the shore of Lake Erie thinking he was on his way back home, but he was disappointed when he seen what we were doing for the day which was loading smelt fish that we were delivering to a processing plant, with there final destination of China. 22,000 pounds of fish all in one place is not one of the greatest smells.
The next little trip we took was at the end of Holmsey's stay with me, we went up to Picton Ontario to help my father in-law move into the nursing home, Holmsey's was very quiet as he thought we were going to leave him in our hotel room in Trenton. But he did see some of the Royal Air Force planes as we drove by, but alas we could not stop to look them over, as we were running on a very tight schedule. Holmsey did stay with me to celebrate my birthday, and he did enjoy a small piece of birthday cake before he left to visit with Jennifer in Albuquerque New Mexico.
I have sent you this framed picture of my completed work using Aida Silverdust 14 count.
A little Bit about Chatham-Kent:
Chatham-Kent Ontario, visitors will find Chief Tecumseh’s fateful battlefield, Uncle Tom’s cabin, reflections of an 1860's oil boom-town and artifacts from the oldest village in southwestern Ontario. Population: 108,180
War of 1812
Over 200 years ago one of the most important events in American and British history happened along the banks of the Thames River right here in present-day Chatham-Kent.
On Oct. 5, 1813, American forces led by Brigadier General William Henry Harrison defeated the combined British and Native forces and killed Shawnee Chief Tecumseh in the historic Battle of the Thames.
The death of Tecumseh was a significant event in American history as forces eliminated their greatest threat to U.S. security.
Tecumseh’s death represented the loss of a dream for First Nations people and contributed to the highly regarded military leader becoming U.S. president. Although a monument is present across from the battlefield near Thamesville the location of his burial remains one of the great mysteries of the last two centuries.
Nearby Fairfield Museum and Historic Site occupies the land that was the first settlement of southwestern Ontario. Days after the 1813 battle, American forces invaded and burned the nearby Moravian village of Fairfield. Archaeological digs of the early 1940s form part of the artifacts of the Fairfield Museum collection as well as Moravian culture and the War of 1812. The museum site is designed so that visitors can walk where the actual village stood.
Some of the most poignant stops on the Ontario Underground Railroad tour are historic sites in Chatham-Kent. Considered the destination for freedom seekers, this region was home to some of the most successful black settlements and the greatest populace of former slaves in Canada. Original structures, artifacts and memoirs preserve this heritage and invite the visitor to explore the national treasures that best reveal this period.
Chatham-Kent is also home to Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site that displays the life story of one of history's most famous black slaves, Rev. Josiah Henson. Visitors can tour Henson's home, a smokehouse, sawmill, the Henson Family Cemetery and Pioneer Church. While in Dresden, a two-hour guided bus tour features 17 places of interest, and supports and enhances the story told at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site. One of the last stops on the Underground Railroad, the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum that preserves the successful Buxton settlement features original structures built by slaves. At Ontario's second largest national historic site, visitors can tour the last standing schoolhouse built by slaves, an 1852 log cabin, two cabin , two churches, a cemetery and museum.
We have rich agricultural and automotive ties which provide tourism experiences like nowhere else. Classic car attractions give visitors rare opportunity to view luxury and exclusivity.
About Ontario Barn Quilt Trails
Thousands of handsome barns proudly host a barn quilt in their gable peaks. The count is up to 6000 and spreading. It all started in Ohio but in Canada, we can’t resist. Barn quilts are just too much fun. Barn quilts honour our quilters and the textile arts. Barn quilts draw attention to the magnificent barns that are fast disappearing. Barn quilts tell stories. They draw motorists to our rural highways, roads that have many stories to tell. Barn Quilts are rural graffiti - civic art pointing to sacred places, battlefields, and historic locations that we have forgotten about.
Thames River Barn Quilt Trails
What a beautiful quilt the Chatham-Kent Quilt Guild made to honour the people that settled the great community of Chatham Kent.
Chatham-Kent is a recreational resort for golfers, scuba divers and fans of extreme water sports, and is world-renowned with anglers and birders. Chatham-Kent celebrates four seasons of culture with galleries, theater and family-themed attractions located in its many quaint towns, urban centers, rural and waterfront communities. From its fascinating historic treasures to its natural wonders and man-made creations, Chatham-Kent is always worth the trip.