By Casey Grey
There's a house for sale in the village of Manotick that was the first bakery in town. The house caught the attention of my wife and I because of its history. We love old houses.
On a bike ride with the family yesterday afternoon, we happened to bike past this house and the owners were sitting out front. Natasha did what she does best and started asking questions and connecting with them. Before we knew it we were on a private tour of the home and getting a history lesson at the same time.
The house was built in the 1800's and has since had additions and interior work done but most of the original character is still there. It turns out that the house was also the first doctors office and Doctor Leach would perform surgeries and see patients here.
Starting a random conversation like this is not something I would have done but is something I would like to do more of. My wife is teaching me. People love to share and talk to anybody who is willing to listen.
Ask the right questions and listen carefully. You never know what will come next.