Sunday, May 4, 2014


This photo taken many years ago on Balsam Lake Road (near Kirkfield Ontario) has the words 'Diana and her mother' written on the back. I don't know who Diana is or where she is now. I do know that the wall is still there. I walked by it last week.  

I think Nan Blair would know the story of this photo. She owns the property up the road from where it is taken. Nan is a Laidlaw and has lots of old dry stone walls on her property too, and lots of stories about her family connection to the walls. 

Like this photo, and Nan's stories, the winding walls along both sides of Balsam Lake Road tell their own story as well of an age gone by. 

One can't help but appreciate the history that is written here in these ribbons of stone.


  1. Hi John, It's me, Nan's daughter (and Doug's eldest sister). I googled Mum just now and came across this post and great photo. I've forwarded it to my cousin Nick Godfrey. I think it's Diana Lindsay. Mum passed away in February 2016 after a strange sort of unknown illness and then cancer. It's been a horrible year. Our dad died in Sept. Hope you and yours are well!

  2. The girl is Diana Macdonald, the third daughter of Alexander Alcorn Macdonald and Annie Charity Ballantyne Laidlaw. Diana married Malcolm Lindsay of Kirkfield, who went on the become Commissioner of the RCMP.
    My grandmother Dorothy was Diana's older sister. Cheers, Nick Godfrey