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Sunday, December 2, 2012

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in...

This unprepossessing building was Al Purdy's writing room.
The gabled section was a found shed, moved onto the Roblin Lake property.
Al and Eurithe (likely aided and abetted by the Parkhurst clan) built the flat roofed section.

This building is likely one of Canada's most famous writer's retreats.
Al housed a remarkable collection of Canadian writers' work here.
And created the poetry which many say defines Canada and Canadians.

Just recently, Matti the contractor, with a remarkable baritone voice suited to intoning poetry, fixed the hole in the roof. Actually, he replaced the roof entirely. Needed to.

This is exciting.
This marks the beginnings of a renaissance.
Some day very soon, the dreams of the Al and Eurithe Purdy A-Frame Association will be realized.
This writer's home will become a writer-in-residence location.
And Al and Eurithe's home will live on.

The title?
Not Al Purdy this time.
Lennon & McCartney.
Now I defy you not to hear the melody in your head.


  1. I lost that bet! (Not hearing the melody, I mean.)

  2. That's true. It's important to preserve historical buildings for heritage conservation, and I'm glad to know about the ongoing efforts done for Purdy's legacy. Fixing historical buildings like this require specialization and it seems like the contractor hired for it knows his job. Hiring roofing contractors is always the best option when it comes to problems in your roof, whether the structure is a historical monument or your own home.

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