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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Natural Heritage; New Augmented Edition edition (Aug. 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896219969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896219967
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.9 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By JVW on Jan. 14 2013
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A most enjoyable read, I recommend this book to anyone living in central Ontario. It was not that long ago, enjoy.
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Excelent book about the original settlers in Muskoka, at the shores of Buck Lake. Very detailed, lots of work went into this project. My deepest admiration for the author of this new edition Scott D. Shipman. My family and I love this book, as every year (since 1977) we spent a lot of summer days swimming at this lake and are very interested in the local history.
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From the outset of Frederick de la Fosse's English Bloods, (Heritage Books, 2004) one is struck by the level of naïveté that existed regarding this new land of Canada. Firstly, by nineteenth-century English society, generally, and by Frederick's uncle in particular. For example, as a going-away gift Frederick received a saddle and was told to be certain to let them know when he "captured his first wild horse."

De la Fosse is also quite candid in enunciating his own level of naiveté, and if there ever was a `pigeon' ready for a plucking it was young Frederick. Indeed, within hours of his arrival he had been conned out of $10--quite a hefty amount in 1878--by some wily Canadian con artists.
He was also quite a source of amusement to some seasoned Canadians when he mentioned that he had actually paid money to learn how to "farm", i.e. chop trees and clear land. It didn't help his image, either, that he was attired in a shirt a tie for the tasks.

Some of the characters de la Fosse encounters along the way are also quite colourful. One such was a Mr. Yearley, whom de la Fosse describes as weighing nearly three hundred pounds. He therefore describes the experience of having to share a bed with him and his son, John Yearley.

"Good-night, boys," said Mr. Yearley as he blew out the light, and darkness fell on the scene. Then with a mighty tug he pulled the blanket off us both and coiled it around himself. "Say, Pop," protested Master John from the outskirts, "what are yer givin' us?" But there was not answer from his parent. He was already in a comatose condition and snoring in a highly stertorous and alarming manner. Before many seconds had passed, the three hundred pounds of flesh was heaving in a terrific fashion.
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