One of the hard decisions to leave our life here on the Limestone Coast, was to leave our limestone farmhouse. It has been a warm and welcoming home for us over the past 10 months, the largest home we’ve ever lived in, another farmhouse to add to our long resume of old ramshackle homes we’ve made our own.
We’re living in a semi-packed up state at the moment, isn’t that fun?! We took all we could fit in the car, ute and trailer home to Gippsland last weekend – leaving our walls bare and the feeling of home that our limestone farmhouse once had gone. Before I began the big pack-up I captured some images of our home here at ‘Carlton’, just as it was whilst we were it’s custodians…
From it’s temperamental fireplace, raining soot and rain down the chimney in the kitchen, non-flushing toilet for weeks on end, mice infested old wood stove and that damn sink – we have honestly loved living within the thick, stone walls of ‘Carlton’.
The long wide central hallway, high ceilings, wrap around verandahs, large rooms and walk-in huge pantry I will definitely miss. It is where we imagined bringing our baby home, that’s probably the hardest part to wrap my head around. Packing up the spare bedroom/future nursery I’ve wondered where our baby will end up resting his or her head instead. But, we’ve lived in other houses where I’ve looked in the spare bedroom door and imagined it as our future child’s room as well. Six moves in five years will do that.
Farewell limestone farmhouse, you’ve been a beautiful home to us.
Miss Chardy says
Hi Emma, I just stumbled across your blog from a comment you left on BabyMac (who I just love). I have been having a little flick through your blog and I think you have captured another follower here, I love your style (your home decorating and especially the wonderful job you did with your wedding – amazing!). Looking forward to following along.
Thanks so much for stopping by, glad you found me 🙂
What a soft, warm color palette.
Dre @ no frills mum says
Wow, love these pictures! What a beautiful home you had, light, warm and whites with soft colours! I love your style and furniture, the pale blue in the kitchen, the wall hangings…!! Love the sound of the high ceilings, wrap around verandah too! Good luck with the packing! Going to have a catch up on your last few posts… 🙂
Beautiful photos, Emma, good luck with the move, looking forward to following the next chapter of your adventure 🙂
I made a picture for my wall lasy year with the song lyrics ” home is wherever I’m with you” & it’s so true- if I’m with my husband & kids any place could be home & you’ll feel like that too wherever you end up 🙂
ah, that sink. You’ll talk about that for years and years to come when the kid want to know where you lived before they came along. Good luck with the rest of the packing, my lord…the packing. Perhaps its a good idea to move every few years – less crap gathered.
Hi Emma. I’m a new follower to your blog and I love it! This was a gorgeous post of your home – it looked so homey and cozy. Eeeek – packing up and moving is really hard so good luck! We have just moved back closer to our extended families after nearly 13 years away – best decision ever for us and our kids 🙂 Looking forward to following the next step in your life – thanks for sharing!
Em, you have such lovely taste and style. You and Matt will make your next home ‘yours’. Thankyou for sharing your ‘journey’… all the very best xo
Edwina - The Old Post Office says
It looks like a lovely old place! I’ve lived in some very ramshackle old houses in my time (like, at the moment for example) and I have so many fond memories of them. Love that little blue stove in the top photo – matches in with your blue bits and pieces perfectly.
What a beautiful house that you and Matt made a home. I am sure you enjoyed making it a home and will enjoy making your next house a home. I hope it is another old lovely house as well with that room you can imagine creating a nursery within. Enjoy a clean slate and good luck with the remaining parts of your moving.
It’s lovely that you both were able to make such homely memories in the farmhouse in such a short time. I read a blog and Elise made in photo book of their time in one of their rentals to remember everything and memories from that place. You could do a book like that and with some photos of your baking and garden as well as Matt working. The link is http://eliseblaha.typepad.com/golden/2013/03/our-oxnard-townhouse-photo-book.html
Good luck with the big trip home and setting up house again. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia
Alli @ ducks on the dam says
Great pics. Our house in Melbourne had a sink like that….. that we lived with for 7 years before we changed it for the tenants who lived there when we treechanged! Our first rental looked like yours – except ours was a weatherboard rather than limestone. High high ceilings. Enormous rooms. Fireplaces. Big wide corridor. So pretty but cold in winter because the windows were tiny and so hot in summer. No insulation of course. Good luck with your packing and travels….