A relaxed review of life in Canada (Beeton, Ont.) during the author's childhood is filled with the homely, domestic and community details of the seasons, for her home was also the store, at times a boarding house and always a busy center for gatherings of every sort. There were visits from relatives whose supply of stories kept the seven Scott children entranced; there was a ""Hard Winter"" (for the adults but not the children); there was the impressive -- and exhausting -- spring cleaning, the great sale of millinery, the ice carnival; there were celebrations of many kinds; there was a diphtheria epidemic and there were fairs; there was trade and barter and assorted financial problems; there was always cooking and cleaning. An area of dependence on immediate resources and a period of strong characters combine to give this a frontier quality which has the placid look of an enchanted past. Those who have known small villages can appreciate this.