UKRAINIAN SHOP – Carol J.
Ukrainian immigration started in 1891 and the immigrants settled mostly on the prairies. Canada has the third largest population of ethnic Ukrainians behind Ukraine and Russia. Canadians born in Canada, of Ukrainian heritage, make up 3.7 % of our population.
To this day the Ukrainian traditions and customs are practiced. The culture, music, dance and the popular pysanky – coloured eggs for Easter and special occasions – have been handed down from generation to generation.
Ukrainian people are know to be hospitable. Be prepared to accept all food and drink offered when visiting a Ukrainian home. Turning down food may be considered rude. (If you find you cannot eat it all, keep something on your plate to avoid having it replenished!
Brothel – Lynne Landygo
Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession and has been woven into the fabric of Canadian Society since early times. Although brothels are illegal in Canada, they provide a sexual outlet for men and a safe place for prostitutes to work and make a good income. Most sex workers are shunned by society, but it was one of the few jobs that gave women financial freedom.
Brothels provided a safe place for working girls rather than setting up shop on a street corner. This Madam began as a prostitute herself, and it allowed her to earn enough money to buy her own house and set up a brothel in her residence. She treated her ladies well and in return, they treated her clients well.
She created one of the best places to work and her brothel gained such popularity, many well- known and public figures passed through her doors. They gave her autographed 8×10 glossy pictures that adorned the walls of the reception room. They appreciated a professional run business where they could choose from sexy, innocent or cowgirl ladies to entertain them.
TEA POTS & COSIES – Barb
According to the story books:
“In the mid-1800s, England’s Duchess of Bedford introduced a social activity to her peers that became a daily custom — the practice of serving afternoon tea. While elite members of society chatted about current affairs, a hand-knitted teapot cover known as a tea cozy, or tea cosy, kept the British from having to imbibe chilled tea.
During the late 19th-century Victorian era, tea cozy popularity soared in Britain and spread overseas to North America.”
Barb had this collection of exquisite fine china miniature tea pots that she is displaying here. Knowing that the enjoyment of tea drinking can be enhanced by the use of an original hand stitched tea cozy to keep the pot warm, she sent the tea pots off to a lady in Australia to have petit point cosies made up to match the design in the tea pots.
I think England’s Duchess of Bedford would be green with envy if she could see them.
Did you know…a cozy keeps your tea pot cozy and warm while a koozie keeps your beer cool?