The cottage. My big project of 2020.
I am long over due to report my big project for last year. So here we go...
The first week of January 2020 I set a goal to fix up a cottage on the property. For those who are newer, this station (which is Australian for ranch, I guess) is my parents. We have been here almost two and a half years. My Dad invited us to live here and he fixed up the house for me. He had a dream for the whole family to come back to the farm. It was the best thing of all time. It also gave me precious time with Dad. We had over a year here with him monitoring our progress and coming for many many cups of tea, to pinch spinach from the garden and take some eggs as he went on his way. He had his special chair at his special table and his own cup and saucer. If I did'nt answer the door he came in and put the kettle on. One time I came back from collecting the eggs and he opened the door for me and said "come in!"
Of course at the start of last year I didn't know about Covid and what else we would face and the biggest thing we faced was losing Dad.
I am glad Dad knew about my plans and saw them coming along. He cast his eye over all we were doing and he, who worked harder than any person I ever know, said "don't work too hard." This is quite a compliment from him.
I have not posted photos before as really the cottage is not beautiful or fancy or shady chic. It is just a dump improved. haha!
When we came here this cottage was in such bad shape a few people said I should burn it down. And it was pretty bad. But we had builders at our house and I asked them to look and see if the cottage was basically structurally ok? And they said it was fine. So with that I thought to turn a massive eye sore and mess into an asset.
It is now a comfortable and lovely little cottage. And it is not an eyesore anymore, which is good as we pass it to come in to our place as does everyone who comes here.
Now to give you the general idea here are some before photos and a video.
All the stuff on the floor is dead flies and bees. Someone broke the front door and then left it open for years.
Here is some laundry inspiration for you.