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samuraiarmourthatstandsneartheen-trancetoDrinkwatersLounge.Thear-mourwaspurchasedbyDr.FrankononeofhistripstoAsiaandhasbeenatrea-suredfamilyheirloomeversince.AswestandinfrontofthearmourmarvellingatthecraftsmanshipJohnstartstolaughandsharesanothermemoryofwhatmusthavebeenajoyousyouthx1cIrecalldress-ingupinitonceImusthavebeenabout14yearsold.Therewasawomanguestwhocameeveryyearandwasveryner-vous.Idecidedtoputthearmouroninthemiddleofthenightandwalkupanddownthehallstoscareher.Itworked.x1dJohnalsotellsushismotherwasre-latedtoLadyGodivathatseveralofthepaintingshanginginthelobbyweredonebyDr.Frankx19sownhandandthatthefam-ilyscrestbesidethecarriage-roomdoorssigni.estheancestorsoftheSibbaldshadparticipatedintheCrusades.OneofJohnx19smostprizedpossessionsisanautographedpictureofCanadianau-thorMazodelaRochethathangsinthelibrarywithintheoldmanorhouse.JohnremembersdelaRochewellshewasaregularguestandwroteseveralofherbookswhilestayinginCottage2attheBriars.Theresortwasanin3uenceonherworkanditappearedinformifnotnameinseveralofherbooks.WhenshediedshewasburiedatnearbySt.Georgex19sCemetery.TheBriarsx19groundsareequallyhistoric.Withtheirmanicuredlawnstree-shadedlanewaysandbeautiful3owerbedsthegroundslookmuchthesametodayastheydidattheturnofthepreviouscentury.x1cWefeelastrongresponsibilityascaretakersofthepropertytopreservethisheritagethebestwecanx1dsaysHugh.x1cItguidesmanyofourdecisionsandwex19requiteproudofthehistorytheresortrepresents.x1dPerhapsthemostfascinatingfeatureonthegroundsisanelegantstructurethatlooksasifithasbeentransplantedfromsomeexoticforeignland.InasenseithasthestructurewasbuiltbyDr.FranktohousepeacocksimportedatgreatexpensefromIndiawheretheyareconsideredasymbolofstatus.UniqueinOntariothePeacockHousehasbeendesignatedbytheOntarioHeritageFoundationasabuildingofparticularhistoricalsigni.cance.Anotherhistoricstructureposessome-thingofamysterytotheSibbalds.Nooneisquitesurewhatthesquatrectangularbuildingwasoriginallyusedforalthoughtheconsensusforyearswasthatitwasapiggery.Recentevidencesuggestsitwasanicehouseusedforstoringiceharvestedfromthelakex14inalllikelihoodtheonlyoneleftontheshoresofLakeSimcoe.AttheBriarseventhetreesthatshadethepropertyarehistoric.x1cManyofthetreesandshrubswereplantedbyDr.FrankSib-baldandwouldhavebeenuniqueinthe19thcenturyamongthemourginkoandAustrianpinesandthewhitecedarhedg-ingthatlinestheroadx1dexplainsHugh.ThesetreeshaveattractedtheattentionofthearboretumattheUniversityofGuelphwhichhadcitedtheextraordinaryvarietyandqualityofthetreeswhenitnamedtheBriarsx1caplaceofarboriculturalsigni.cance.x1dDuringourafternoonwiththeSibbaldswegainanewandfardeeperappreciationfortheBriars.Butwealsofeelasifwehavemadefriendsandthatwewouldbewel-comebackagaintodiscovermoreabouttheBriarsResortandSpa.LSLAndrewHindandMariaDaSilvaarefree-lancewritersbasedinBradford.TheirmostrecentbookSecretsofLakeSimcoepub-lishedbyJamesLorimerCo.Ltd.issched-uledtobereleasedthisautumn.