Monday, October 20, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
When we bought our home almost over 20 years ago, it had set empty for a number of years. And before that it housed a couple that lived and farmed here for decades. They grew old here and yes eventually passed over here. The house had seen it's better days. For more than 20 years not much was done.
I feel that was a blessing sometimes. No one came to "remodel" her. Tear out old windows, cover up old plaster walls, update the bathroom ( that was installed in the 50's) yes we still have the outhouse!
So on days like today when it's chilly out and dark with rain clouds. As I sit reading in the living room it's very quiet and a bit dim. You can easily imagine what it was like for many years here as she sat empty .
I've removed too many layers of wall paper, painted walls and 12 ft cealings. Replaced very few windows. Installed a modern kitchen, new floor under the claw foot tub. Ect. But there is a beauty of detail and charm that is still here. Money can't buy it. It's the feeling I get when I am here alone. This old house and I we like each other a lot!
So as they say love is in the details. The Skelton key locks, old wavy glass, transome windows, a mud porch off the kitchen with beautiful farm house doors to let the light in. Old creaky real wood floors. A floor to cealing cupboard in the kitchen that opens on the kitchen side and the dinning room. A fireplace mantel and surround with an old iron cover. Still with the original tiles, and beveled mirror.
For many years when my daughter was younger we hosted many many fall parties here out in the barn. So many Christmas parties.... Over 10 years of farm camps. So many people passing through. I always felt the farm was at it's best when it is full of people and animals . So many praise this place of huge trees, picket fences, and welcoming doors, and spirit. And yet today I'm at a different place in my life, a quieter place. And this dark and rainy day I feel the spirit of the house shining so brightly . I hope you enjoy the pics of old house charm.