Hello again, I’m back for my second blog post:
As promised, here is some information about the businesses and people in Lakeside…
Now if your coming into downtown Lakeside heading west, on your right side, you’ll see the first business with a living quarters above it. This is known as Handpul’s Bakery where Mr. and Mrs. Handpul live with their son and daughter. The Handpuls decided to live above the business so that getting to and from work would be easy (especially in winter) and early morning activities like receiving flour and supplies and making the bread would be much easier too. I know this because I am quite good friends with Mr. Handpul–you may have heard me mention him a few times–and I’m very fond of his craft (he says with a smile).
Next door to Handpul’s Bakery is another business where you can get your horse shod, a nice sword made or anything you might need made out of metal. It’s a very rustic blacksmith shop where he mostly works at his forge in a big open area in the front and lives in the back. He also has a small storefront area where sells ready made items.
Across the street facing the water there is a fine fabric store run by two sisters who are also tailors. This is great because, if you don’t want to make your clothes yourself, you can just pick out some designs from their books they will make them for you. The tailors also live above their store. Now that I think about it, most of business owners in town live on their top floors.
Next to the fabric store is a bookstore. Yes, we read books and also write them but the printing is nowhere as advanced as you have in your human realm. Speaking of books makes me think of education and there is a basic education school about a half of mile from downtown. We have a special wagon with seats for children who can’t walk to the school because it’s too cold or hard on them . The schoolteacher is usually the one who picks up his/her students as they wait at a designated spot in town. The students can easily hop on and then off they go towards the school.
Now as far as the town’s gossip goes (he chuckles), well the blacksmith is around 25 years old (in human years) and has a serious crush on one of the tailors from across the street. He makes needles for her at times and brings them over to her for free. Even though she insists on paying for them, he never takes the money. I’m thinking she might like him too because, one time, she got in a special, heavy fabric and made him a fine protective apron with pockets for his hammers and other tools in the front. We will see in time if the next thing in the news is of their wedding (chuckles and smiles). Ah, young love…
Well thats all for this week. Next time, I will take you further on down the road where there are taverns, hotels, vegetable stalls and even a place to put our felons!
If you were wondering, we get winter here too but not always at the same time you do because there is a weird time shift change that even I find perplexing at times! To give you some idea what its like for us when our winter hits we have these things like metal plows attached to the back of a horse to scrape away the main roadways of the town area.
So until next week, stay safe and warm my friends.
With much love,