Woodhaven – An update

My hubby and I have been very busy working away at our new cottage (named “Woodhaven” by the previous owners).

However, now I actually have some progress to report.  I mentioned a few posts back about putting up my Grandfather’s ice saw from the days when most people used iceboxes and not refrigerators.

My Dad brought it over to us during the holidays.  He had it tucked away in his workroom but he thought it would look great at our log cottage. And he was so right.  Thanks Dad!

Here it is in place in our sunroom.  (Sorry for the bad exposure, it is very hard to take a picture in this room, the light is very intense during the day and then at night, the lamps do not light up the high ceiling).  Santa, I need a better camera…..

My Dad is very happy that his Father’s ice saw has found the perfect home.

The sunroom is where I had originally envisioned putting some vintage oars that I had but this is much better.  Also, one of the vintage oars mysteriously disappeared during the move ;-(    But, I still have some old water skiis that I need to find a home for.

My Father also brought over a sicle that my Grandfather used on his farm and my Grandmother’s iron, the kind that you would put on the wood stove to heat up.  It makes me very happy to have these items, with my family’s history in them.

Do you have items that you display that showcase your family’s history?


  1. Wonderful to have and to display pieces that are meaningful to you and your family – I’m certain that it means a lot to your father that you care and that you have put the ice saw in an important place of honour in your new cottage! It’s also a beautiful thing that you display a vital implement that was such a huge part of life that no longer exists, in this region, at any rate. I love the old iron – must be just like the one you describe – that my mother in law has, as well as an old coffee mill, and candelabra, items that she was able to rescue from the family that inhabited her home after WWII. They are indeed treasures.

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  3. Lovely spot for the ice saw! Pieces like that are what bring character and a sense of personality to a space. And congrats on 300 posts Lisa!

    Nancy xo

  4. Happy 300th post! How cool to have these great antique pieces with family history to display in your cottage 🙂 These are the things that really make a house a home 🙂

  5. Congrats on 300 posts! You always have something interesting to say! Also love that saw – what a great way to add personality and a bit of nostalgia into your cottage! I also love the name “Woodhaven” sounds so romantic and elegant!

  6. 300 posts is something to celebrate for sure – Congratulations on that Lisa! And wow, I love that you are adding such meaningful pieces to your cottage. That’s what makes it your own. I so completely believe in this as a foundation for creating a home that feels very special… and your grandmother’s iron – how awesome is that?!!!