Kleinburg, Ontario


The settlement of many early villages in Ontario was directly related to the establishment of a local industry. Kleinburg, like many riverside villages developed around the existence of numerous mills. In 1848, John Nicholas Kline bought 83 acres of Lot 24 in Concession 8, west of Islington Avenue. On this land, John N. Kline built a sawmill and a gristmill. Land plans from 1848 show Lot 24 in Concession 8 divided into smaller, individual, one-quarter acre lots, thus encouraging the establishment of a village core. The Kline mills not only served the local farming community, but became the impetus for a growing commercial centre.



The legend of the Sidhe Faerie Folk in Ireland

In Ireland the Sidhe are considered to be ancient Celtic gods. Pagan spirits of Ireland were known as the Tuatha de Danann.
Tuatha de Danann means ‘Children of Danu or Dana’ a legendary race of people who overthrew the Irish in ancient times. When the Tuatha de Danann was overthrown themselves by the Milesians they took shelter in earth barrows (sidhe). Deprived of offerings and affection the Tuatha de Danann shrivelled and withered until they became the little people.
By day the Sidhe tend to their cattle that they sell or use to trade at fairs. Point of interest Pre-Christian Irish deities were involved in cattle trading. The Tuatha de Danann was once called Marcra Shee (faerie cavalcade) or Slooa-Shee (faerie host).
Some Irish Christians believe is that Faeries are fallen angels. Angels that were not bad enough to be dammed into Hell, but who were beyond saving and could not regain their place in Heaven. So they were left to live among us as Faeries here in the mortal realm.

Brown Soda Bread

1 3/4 c
1 3/4 c
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 2/3 c
whole wheat flour
all purpose flour
baking soda
buttermilk or soured milk

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Sift together the flours, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the buttermilk and pour most of the liquid into the flour mixture. Using one hand with your fingers outstretched like a claw, bring the flour and liquid together, adding more of the buttermilk mixture, if necessary. The dough should be quite soft, but not too sticky. Turn onto a floured work surface and gently bring the dough together into a round about 1½ inches (4cm) thick. Cut a deep cross on top and place on a baking sheet. Keep Cooking Bake for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat to 400°F and bake for 30 minutes more. When done, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool.