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Serendipity: A Post-Script to The Grange Series


Life is strange, isn’t it?

There my husband and I  were, a year ago, in a pub in Newcastle, Ontario.

We were meeting with our younger daughter’s future in-laws to plan the wedding. 

We were all nervous. The kids were totally in love and getting married.  But what if their parents disagreed — about everything?

Then my husband started telling jokes about country life (we once lived on a farm) and our encounters with wildlife and everyone dissolved into laughter.  Loud, boisterous laughter. It broke the ice and everything went well.

There was a couple at the next table. Daughter and I went over to apologize for our loudness. 

The couple introduced themselves. The husband also gave me a book and introduced himself as the book’s author.

My daughter said: “That’s funny. My mom’s an author too!”

We all ended up talking. About books. And weddings. And marriages.


Meanwhile, my blog series on Ebor House was a big hit at last year’s Doors Open Clarington tour.  The printed version was a fundraiser for Doors Open.

Blog Photo - Doors Open 2016 CR at Ebor House

This year,  I told co-chairs Marilyn Morawetz and Bernice Norton that I’d volunteer again for Doors Open Clarington: I’d write about another house.  As with Ebor House before I wrote that series, the owners were strangers to me.

Then life went nuts.  Over 3 months, Marilyn gently nudged me — repeatedly.

Finally, Hamlin decided to take a break from his busy schedule to help me out: he kindly agreed to drive us there and take the photos.

Blog Photo - Doors Open The Grange Sign and driveway Hamlin

When we arrived at The Grange, hosts and visitors stared at each other. Then we warmly embraced and laughed together.  Nick and Wendy Boothman were the couple we met in the Newcastle pub!

It was a lovely visit.

Wendy drove us to see Screaming Hill.

Then Nick took Hamlin to photograph the barn and the grounds, while Wendy and I stayed in the house and talked.

It reminds me that one must leave room for the unexpected. And that the thing called serendipity is sometimes, strangely, within our gift.

Thanks to Hamlin Grange, Nick and Wendy Boothman, and Marilyn, Bernice and the Doors Open Clarington team. 

32 thoughts on “Serendipity: A Post-Script to The Grange Series”

  1. What a wonderful way to end this lovely series, dear Cynthia. ❤ I adore it when serendipity or Providence happens; it's the glaze on the donuts (Tim's—of course!).
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  2. Well, I am always a big fan of serendipity – synchronicity – call it what you will — Signposts along the way that somehow we are exactly where we are supposed to be. A lovely “p.s.”, Cynthia.

    1. Thank you, my friend. I used to have these ‘signposts’ happening fairly often in my life pre-accident, but there’s a shutting down and closing out that one does when life changes in such drastic ways, and I’m afraid in doing so, I shut out the serendipity too. That’s partly what my last line is referring to.

      1. I understand that completely. During some horribly stressful times in my own life, there was not a touch of synchronicity that I could find. It was probably there – same for you – but under duress, we just can’t see it. But little by little, I do believe we find it again … 🙂

  3. How I love serendipity. I don’t believe in ‘coincidence’ – this was meant to be. And it happened because you were friendly and considerate and open to strangers. Amazing how many doors that opens. xo

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