From Stone Orchard: A Collection of Memories by Timothy FindleyFrom Stone Orchard: A Collection of Memories by Timothy Findley

From Stone Orchard: A Collection of Memories

byTimothy Findley

Paperback | July 15, 1999

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A gift from Stone Orchard: Timothy Findley's poignant collection of country-life writings.

Timothy Findley and his companion William Whitehead freely admit they were innocent romantics when they purchased Stone Orchard farm over three decades ago. Both in the early stages of their writing careers, they reasoned that nothing could be more conducive to a writerly muse than a gently tumbling-down farmhouse nestled among the rolling hills of the southern Ontario countryside. And they were right. Since that first day they laid eyes upon Stone Orchard and its 50 acres of lawns, perennial gardens, fields of rippling grasses and dense, green woods, it has become much more than a home and a workplace. It has become a refuge for Tiff and Bill, an enduring haven of friendship and love for family, friends and neighbors. And, as they say, if only the walls could talk ...

The walls have never talked so eloquently or endearingly as they do in From Stone Orchard, a collection of Timothy Findley's Harrowsmith columns - revised and expanded - plus new writings, all on life at a 19th-century farm just outside of Cannington, Ontario. Here are tales of the farm's past, both distant and recent: the comic coincidences leading to the naming of the swimming pool, and why Margaret Laurence would never dip her toe in it. Or the night dinner party guests went outside in the twilight, dressed like royalty, to watch a herd of majestic deer pass through the gardens.

On the eve of their departure from Stone Orchard - it being time for Tiff and Bill to move on - Findley's writings achieve a new poignancy, as a piece of our literary heritage is remembered with humor, affection and magic.

Beautifully designed and packaged with lovely woodcut drawings, From Stone Orchard will be a cherished keepsake for Timothy Findley's legions of loyal fans, as well as a treasured gift for anyone whose dreams transport them into the charming landscape of country life.


Timothy Findley was one of CanadaÆs most compelling and best loved writers, from the publication of his first novel in 1967 until his death in June 2002. His acclaimed novels include Spadework, Pilgrim, The Piano ManÆs Daughter, Headhunter, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Famous Last Words and The Wars. Findley was a two-time winner of the G...
Title:From Stone Orchard: A Collection of MemoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:July 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006485065

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from From Stone Orchard by Timothy Findley From Stone Orchard is a shameless autobiography by Timothy Findley of the times he and his partner lived on his small farm north of Toronto. Insightful and interesting this is a light read which helps the reader see the man behind the author. Along the way memories from my own childhood were evoked. Good book.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Beautifully written memoir of Tiff and Whiteheads life in Cannington Ontario
Date published: 2018-07-23

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Explore the tumbling-down farm where Timothy Findley found inspiration for many of his stories. Stone Orchard comes to life in this collection of tales about the farm’s past, comic incidents about famous and infamous visitors and personal musings about country life. From Stone Orchard: A Collection of Memories is an ideal read for those who long for a simpler, more natural way of life.