Up the back, over yonder, through the horse paddock and next to the mini-pine forest sits a matching dwelling to our limestone farmhouse. Everything here on the Limestone Coast seems to be…made of limestone.
It isn’t currently in use, hasn’t been for quite a few years, we use a few other shearing sheds spread out over the 30,000 acre property Matt works on. So it sits up on the hill empty and a bit lonely unless Tess and I wander up to explore. It is quite simply a beautiful old building – full of the oh-so-familiar shearing shed smells, the wooden pen rails slick with lanolin, the well trodden boards practically whispering their stories of the shearers, the rouseabouts, the wool classers that have stood there before you.
Rumour has it that a few years ago this humble shearing shed held a hum-dinger of a country wedding. Can you imagine?! I dreamt of holding our wedding in an old shearing shed, but after not convincing Dad that our shearing shed (very much still operational complete with dags on the floor and rats in the rafters) couldn’t be converted into an elegant reception venue we went down the path of the marquee in the paddock.
Imagine the possibilities of a gorgeous old shearing shed like this one though, no longer needed for it’s intended purpose, bursting with potential. Every week Matt and I sit and peruse the Weekly Times real estate section, of course buying a farm these days is very much out of reach for our generation unless you are born to it or win tattslotto. We’ve come to terms with that. But every now and then a property will appear in a fabulous location with a structure like this very limestone shearing shed. We sit and muse over what we’d do to it – Matt would run whatever stock he wanted, do as he pleased, work land that was ours, be the boss, come home for lunch, take a kid with him on a tractor for an hour, that sort of thing. And I would transform that bluestone coach house or shearing shed or old dairy into a reception venue full of exposed beams, a stage for the fiddlers and serve local delicious food and wine.
One day maybe. Maybe not. Not today though.