School Marms and Suffragettes .. It took a lot of skill to keep this stove going and to know how to cook on it. The Nicholsons of Richmond, who figure in the story, didn't electrify their home until 1913 and that only for lights.. Finding food to heat this stove was a constant worry and a major expense!! They also had a furnace. In some Quebec homes the kitchen stove was the only source of heat and the kitchen where everyone hung out in winter.)
Yesterday was the most beautiful day in Montreal, 20 degrees. (I thought of the irony of weather, all those people suffering in New Jersey and elsewhere.)
My husband and I went to see the 7 pm showing of Argo and despite the dark, it still was pleasant outside, like summer! But my husband said earlier on he had noticed the clouds floating backward, East to West. Hurricane Sandy!
Good movie, Ben Affleck's Argo. Funny, in 1978 an Iranian student was part of our little group and it's amazing how little we knew about Iran and how little we asked him either. Argo does give short shrift to the Canadian contribution to this event, but who cares. Maybe it's a truer account. On US TV a CIA official seemed to suggest that the CIA did indeed do everything, letting the Canadians take credit.
I visited a friend who is ailing earlier in the day, and brought her some soup for lunch. She asked if I wanted to wait and watch some TV 'to see what's happening.' I assumed she wanted to watch the news about Hurricane Sandy, but no she turned to the Charbonneau Commission, about corruption in Montreal.
A man, Martin Dumont was testifying and as the Montreal Gazette Reports he was implicating Mayor Tremblay. You would think I'd be interested in this Commission, what with having written this play about City Hall in 1927, the era of US Prohibition.
I did watch the Hurricane coverage (holding my nose at all the Political Commercials airing on CNN). It spooked me, I got my husband to go out and get a generator and a propane heater. We could always use the BBQ to cook.
13 years from the ICE STORM of 1998, and we aren't prepared for a prolonged loss of electricity especially in winter. The generator we bought after the ice storm ("As God is my witness, we'll never go without a power source again!") has worn out and we don't have a wood stove. The ice storm was a miserable time - except for people with wood stoves. We went two weeks without electricity in January. (My husband had to work and I dragged the kids - and dog, to Montreal and back, driving in thick ice ruts on the Trans Canada Highway. What was I thinking?)
On the second day of the storm, in the burbs, my sons were outside under a tree and just a few minutes after they came in, the limb on the tree came crashing down. That's when we realized the storm was serious!
But they've outlawed Wood Stoves on the island, for their pollution. It makes no sense. SO many people in Montreal rely entirely on electricity to survive in the Winter.
Milk and Water
A play by Dorothy Nixon 2012, all rights reserved.
1927 was Canada’s Jubilee year, the 60th anniversary of Confederation. To celebrate, 2 Royal Princes, David (the future Edward VIII) and George (the future Duke of Kent) took a month long tour of Canada. Up arrival, at the beginning of August, they were feted, along with UK Prime Minister Baldwin, at Montreal City Hall. A public ceremony was held on the in front of City Hall, with Mayor Mederic Martin in his purple robes. My grandfather and my Aunt Alice watched from a perch higher up on the steps. The Royal Princes would stay in Montreal 36 hours, then travel across Canada and return to Montreal at the end of the month for four days of rest and recreation before returning to England.
This setting of this play, Milk and Water, takes advantage of this fact.
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