Being ensconced as I have for over three decades in virtually the same place and routine day after day, one tends to lose sight of the features which make one’s particular experience either unique or special. Once again the broad lines of the thing are the difference between rural and urban living. This area, like so many of Ontario’s small country towns, was developed adjacent a river which nurtured the local industry, in this case wool production. I mention this not by way of historical detail but rather to develop the theme of large stone factories (all now converted to condominiums) which yet loom on the landscape. That is, the architecture here is mostly grey stone and red brick, or a combination of the two, creating an environment which has palpable warmth to it.