Innkeeper's Log: Settling into Our New Home

Posted by Chris Loane, September 17, 2013
Drake Devonshire Inn

Endings + Beginnings

We’re home! It was sad to leave our little corner of Toronto. A corner we have grown to love so much. We’ll always keep in touch with our Lukow Terrace family, but we knew as soon as we arrived in Wellington that it was the right decision. The move itself was its own little adventure- two trips to PEC and back, two trips to the emergency room, and two tons of stuff to move. The 1st ER trip was poor Harrison, who spent his last day in Toronto riding his scooter with his friends. Unfortunately, his sweaty little head loosened his helmet straps a bit from riding all day and when he fell, the helmet didn’t protect the front of his head and he suffered a concussion. That was in the middle of our move, so we had to delay our trip by one day. When we arrived, Jess caught her finger in an aluminum broom that kinked on her while she was sweeping- she had to get four stitches on her ring finger. They were worried that they may have had to cut her rings off. Luckily that didn’t happen.

BUT, behind every cloud there is a silver lining. In this case, our silver lining runs around Prince Edward County. We were welcomed as soon our moving van drove in the driveway. Local TO artist and newly transplanted Wellington, Ontario resident, Stewart Jones, came over and invited us to dinner: “You’re not cooking on your first night. Come over as soon as you can!"

At Stewart's house, there was a literal feast. Chicken, pork, local veggies and of course lots of wine. It was a lovely dinner with new and old friends. They have a fire-pit at the back of the house and we sat and rested our muscles for a while before thanking everyone and heading back to our new home. It’s been a lot of reflecting and thought about my time in Toronto, and particularly my time at the Drake Hotel. It’s been an amazing ride and I can’t wait to start the new journey.

Speaking of journeys, my parents drove up from Halifax to help us with the move. I don’t care how old you are, you need family around in times of transition. My parents unpacked, cleaned, moved furniture, bought us stuff for the house (BBQ!!?!... amazing), but mostly, they were there for moral support. It was hard to say goodbye to them, but I was so grateful for their help. It wasn’t until after they had left that I discovered a gift from my dad. At first I thought it was a mistake. I looked in the kitchen and saw that my dad's iPOD was still there! He must have forgotten it.

Now, a little background for those who don’t know me. My dad is my biggest musical influence. I grew up on the Beatles, Stones, Clapton, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, Steely Dan and more because my dad had it playing all the time. He’s played in the same band for over 30 years. They play rock covers and have an impressive array of originals as well. I remember watching him play garage parties when I was six. Needless to say, dad’s musical library is epic, and all of it is on this iPOD. So, I text my mom (dad is driving) and I say “Come Back!!! Dad’s iPOD is here!"

“It’s supposed to be” my mom replied. “It lives there now.”

My dad gave me his musical library of over 2,000 songs. Every single song I could name from my past. Parents are amazing. This blog was supposed to be about Harrison’s first day of school, so I’ll leave you with how he did. Harrison was pretty excited for his first day. He got up super early and danced around the new kitchen until it was time to go to school. “Harrison, eat your breakfast!” “Can’t mom! I’m too excited!!” We sent him off for the day and everything went well. He came home from his first day a little tired, but happy. He’ll go through some sad times I’m sure. He is leaving some very dear friends and family in Toronto. But I’m super proud of him and I have doubt that he’ll be just fine in the county.

P.S. The Drake Devonshire Inn looks fantastic! It's actually breathtaking when you walk through it. Living beside it and seeing it develop in the last couple of months has been amazing. My family received a lovely welcome bouquet of flowers from Loyalist contractors the day we arrived. They have taken great care of my family and the new house in Wellington and we are very thankful for their kindness.

Drake Devonshire Inn
Drake Devonshire Inn
Drake Devonshire Inn

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