Well it’s taken a while, but we finely found just what we wanted, a new home for Jake, Cheryl Joanna, and me. For those faithful blog readers, you will remember that Jake, our ridiculous Portuguese Water Dog, never really settled in to the condo we were living in on the water front. And for that matter, neither did Cheryl.
However, our year-long quest for “just the right house” has been rewarded, and as this very blog is being posted, we will be moving into our “brand new digs” at 226 King Street East. Well, really not so brand new, the house was built in 1843 for Watkins & Muckleston Merchants, and is a grey limestone heritage townhouse1.
We are thrilled with the house, which has been beautifully renovated by the previous owners, meticulously preserving the home’s heritage character. No historical detail was spared: original or antique sourced hardware, exposed brick, and old pine wood flooring.
Importantly, the house has a backyard for Jake. A place for him to bark at the neighbour’s cat, chase the squirrels, chew on a bone, or just take in the sunshine.
So wish us luck for the move. Boxes are being packed, movers are on the way, furniture is being delivered and a fence being built for Jake. We move in on Monday and after one night there, I’m off to give a lecture in Leeds England on Tuesday. You can well imagine how much that trip is going to “cost me”, as Cheryl will be left with a mess of boxes.
If you have any stories about old houses in Kingston, comment on our blog, or better yet… please stop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.