Just off the main road, not far from Brockville, Ontario, lies the once bustling village of Yonge Mills. Nearly forgotten by time and progress, it remains vivid in the memories of Patricia Cove. She and her five brothers and sisters were raised there on the family farm during the years immediately following the Second World War, where every member of the family was expected to do their share in order to make ends meet. Together, they collected sap in the spring, tended gardens in the summer, put up preserves in the fall and stayed snug and warm in the big stone house during the winter. She discovered a love of learning at the one-room schoolhouse and plenty of adventures down at Jones Creek and on Raleigh Island. While life could be hard at times, often it was simpler, as Patricia recalls in this touchy recollection of a way of life that is gently slipping away.
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Patricia Cove has written for her own pleasure since she was a little girl. Her writings have been published in several newspapers, as well as religions and secular magazines. She has previously written for Fun with Books, a non-profit, charitable organization that has been distribution books free to children in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville since 1993. After teaching in one-room schoolhouses in four provinces for twenty-seven years, she continues to teach part-time close to home. Pat and her husband, George, have been married for fifty-five years and have raised five children.
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