For many years, I thought of this as “the disappointed house,” stealing the phrase from L.M. Montgomery. It sits at the base of a hill on Exploits Islands, just below what was a schoolhouse and above where the bridge used to be. I remember it from my childhood as “Percy Jeffrey’s House,” but it has certainly had many other owners over time. For the longest while, it looked like it had been forgotten, along with countless other former homes on the islands.
Since this picture was taken, the house has been lovingly restored and cared for and now looks like this:
It’s funny how some houses simply draw the eye. This one, currently under the care of Dirk Muir and George Collins, is in a particularly dramatic location is a marvelous colour for photography.
What makes it even more special is that George has been digging out boxes of family photos (the lives of his family and the house are inextricably interwoven), some of which show the house many, many years ago.You can see how the colour has varied throughout the years (and how a window has been added!).
I love the extent of the garden in the photo above. There are plants in that garden still that are over 100 years old. The yellow roses and black currents that appear all over the island have a very long history. In the above photo, the trees (I believe they’re damson?) haven’t yet sprung up.
I’m sure George will pop over and add to this when he sees this post, so don’t forget to check the comments periodically if you’re an Exploits Islands fan!
Thanks for the photos, George! It was fabulous that your family had that Instamatic.