Picking up where I left off yesterday, here's one more view of Kingsmere Lake. The name of the lake predates the presence of Mackenzie King at this place, but that would have been a factor in his starting to buy land here.
The path led us back up towards Kingswood. A few red trilliums could be seen along the way.
The cottages here are a lovely sight to see. I've been inside before, and the exhibits about King and his life are contained within them. The opening for the season would have been just three or four days after we were here.
We followed the path towards the other residence, built later. This sign, again in French and English, was by the path: 'Apart And Alone With God, With Nature'.
Moorside is the name of the other residence, more of a formal home. King crafted the vision for this over time, establishing gardens and landscaping details over a period of years. The main house has an accompanying garage-carriage house, and there are a number of what can best be described as follies on the grounds. The ground floor of the main house features a tearoom during open season. I have visited at other times of the year, and on one of those occasions a wedding party was having photos done here on the grounds.
King's gardens include both the traditions of the French and English formal gardens; the former is about geometry, while the latter relies on perennials and ties closer to nature. You can see one of the follies at the bottom of the slope.
Here we have it in greater detail, with an example of the rock garden motif visible beyond it before the woods. King called this The Window On The Forest. Taken from a building in Ottawa demolished in 1936, it was erected here and provides a separation from the formal gardens behind me to the plants that have taken root in among the rocks. The plaques you see are in English and French; sentences from King's will are inscribed on them. "For nearly half a century, Kingsmere has been my real home. I bequeath my Kingsmere properties to Canada as a thank-offering for the opportunities of public service which the people of my country have given me."
Another one of the oddities here on the estate- this appears to be a stone fireplace mantle, half buried in the soil. It makes for an interesting bench.