One Eternal Summer by Graeme Hunter

Memoir

One Eternal Summer

An Officer Meets More than a Gentleman by Graeme Hunter

In linden-time the heart is high
For pride of summer passing by

—Swinburne

The finest job I ever had, probably the most delightful any fifteen-year-old was ever permitted to enjoy, was that of Officer of Her Majesty's (Victoria's, that is) Cavalry at Fort Kawandag, which was in the District of Parry Sound beside Muskoka Township in Ontario. Kawandag was the name of a magnificent lakeside estate which, like Glen Rocks, had at one time belonged to the Eaton family. Located near the head of Lake Rosseau, on the south side of the Village of Rosseau, Kawandag had formerly consisted of an elegant house with tasteful outbuildings and facilities in a matchless natural setting of many acres. Placed among the trees so as to be invisible from the house were clay tennis courts (once reputed to be among the best in the country) and stylish stables. The house itself was a structure of pink stone, full of large bright rooms with rich wooden trim, its two floors linked by carved wooden staircases. The many-windowed conservatory on the north side of the building opened to the west through multiple French doors onto an outdoor marble stairway sweeping grandly down to lakeshore gardens.

 

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Graeme Hunter is a contributing editor to Touchstone and Research Professor of Philosophy at Dominican University College in Ottawa. He is the author of Radical Protestantism in Spinoza's Thought (Ashgate).

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