Whilst in our respective recumbent positions on our respective couches, the spouse flicked through the television channels looking for something to watch, stopping briefly at a station showing “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie” while exclaiming, “Oh look, it's The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie!” Which, as it happens, was filmed around eleven years ago in the Gothic Mansion. To summarize, the movie is about Charlie - a young man heading down that slippery slope towards Juvenile Deliquency. After being involved in one too many fights at school, his principal offers him a choice - either accept a community service job as handyman for an old woman everyone believes to be a bit crazy, or get expelled from school. Mrs. Ritchie puts Charlie to work in her garden, teaching him many life lessons along the way.
Preparing the yard for the movie took an amazing amount of work, and might one say the garden has never looked better - even if it was mostly fake. Being September, the risk of frost was great and the real plants had to be covered every evening to avoid being frostbitten. The driveway was closed off and quirky little pathways added, along with many fantastic willow structures and odd gewgaws, befitting the garden of a certifiable old lady.
|This is how one has always imagined the garden should look.|
You know, if we didn't actually need to use the driveway.
|A lot of flowers to cover up|
every single night for a month ...
|The fence bordering the property was taken down|
and the set extended up onto the hill ...
During the shooting of this movie, the offspring were pulled out of school and the family took a month-long road trip to the United States. And if forcing the offspring to take a month off school wasn't incentive enough, a trip to Disneyland was added to the bribe. Because the farthest the offspring had ever travelled up until that point was their great-grandparents farm in the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan.
The only problem with being gone during filming was the insomniac wasn't around to “negotiate” which items she'd like left behind after the movie wrapped.
|The gazebo with the stained glass? That definitely should have stayed ...|
|The duck whirlygig? Definitely glad that went ...|
A few scenes were shot inside the house, and most of the larger props were our own furniture - unlike Heartland Ghost when all our belongings were moved out. Heaven only knows how the wallpaper managed to emerge unscathed with all the extra cupboards added along the wall, but there was nary a mark on it afterwards.
Our stove at the time was moved from the kitchen into the dining room - shortly thereafter the oven door fell off, and even though the spring was replaced, it never opened properly again. A dear friend moved it to his homestead in the Sault, but he never cooks and probably hasn't even noticed.
|The Dining Room, now the Kitchen ...|
|The old dining room set ...|
|Awwwww - it's so cute!|
|If it weren't for the dusting involved,|
the insomniac could totally live with such abundance!
|Seriously, that antler chair should have stayed behind, as well ...|
|The master bedroom, with the comfy and worn Sewing Chair|
that now lives in the attic ...
|The front entryway looking much nicer than it did |
during Heartland Ghost ...
|Like the sign says - Pro Veritas et Pro Amor|
And while the spouse quickly flicked past the show, muttering something about trying to find a hockey game, the insomniac really does like the movie and recommends giving it a watch - especially if you like gardening. She also recommends having a box of tissues handy, but since she has been known to cry during certain long distance phone commercials, perhaps you won't find it quite as moving as she did ...
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.