Monday, 3 March 2014

Full circle, a new beginning

I've been deliberating for a few weeks on how I would write this blog post...

Firstly, let me share with you the very long awaited photograph I received through the distant relatives of the original owners of the Sow's Ear...


Yes, that's the Sow's Ear when it was being re-stumped to accommodate a new garage and under the house area...I'm not sure who is in the photo but I assume it would be Zoila...

We had always wondered what the front verandah looked like and were curious to see what the original stairs were like. Sadly, this photo doesn't show the style of stairs but we are so happy to see a record was kept of the evolution of this home over the past 85 years.

This next photo shows the house bricked in under with the new garage, new brick stairs, closed-in front verandah and side extensions on the left (our master bedroom has a bay of windows). My guess is this photo is from the 1950s?...

Uncannily these photographs arrived the day we received word another house we put an offer on went unconditional. Yes, we've bought another place. We're leaving the Sow's Ear and will be moving house in the next fortnight.The timing could not be any eerier.

Nonetheless, I could not find a more fitting end than this. We are still keeping the Sow's Ear and have found the loveliest tenants who will appreciate the old house as much as what we did.  I guess we're not ready to say a final farewell just yet.

And so starts a new adventure in another home - an architect designed mid-century home with wonderful restoration potential. I hope you will keep reading the blog and join us in this next chapter of life.

A nook in our new mid mod home

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  1. Eerily perfect timing! So excited for your new adventures and can't wait to read all about the new home! X

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    1. Yes, it was almost like it was a sign to move forward... Thanks Elizabeth! Can't wait to share some more photos. Xx

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  2. Congratulations on this new and exciting chapter in your lives. I can't wait to see what magic you perform on this new home! How exciting!

    Best wishes always,
    Natasha

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    1. Oh thanks Natasha! That means a lot especially as you were one of the first few people to read the blog. Xx

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  3. Photos are amazing! Looking forward to hearing about your new place.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thanks Liz. We are looking forward to new adventures. Xx

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  4. Whaaat! Congrats to you! I wonder what Carmel will say....

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    1. Thanks Deb! I think Carmel passed out!

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  5. Oh wow! I shall be fascinated to see what you do with it. Just when Jason thought he could put down the paintbrush, eh?

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    1. Ha ha! Not as much to paint in this one. Xx

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  6. Oh, congratulations Anita!!! How exciting!! Of course I'll continue reading, I'm NOT gonna mis out on this new adventure! Can't wait to see more of your new home. How wonderful that you have the opportunity to hold on to the Sow's ear, I bet she feels like an old family member now! Amazing news, I'm all giddy on your behalf:-)

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    1. You're so sweet Tove! So glad you will keep reading. We are so happy about this next adventure! Xx

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  7. Holy moly! Great news! I'm all for new adventures! X

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    1. Don't I know you're up for new adventures! Xx

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  8. Holy moly! Great news! I'm all for new adventures! X

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  9. When you hinted the other day that you had an announcement forthcoming, I guessed you might be buying a new house. What exciting news! From the sneak peek, it looks like a beauty, and I can't wait to follow every new turn of events in this next chapter of your life. Congratulations, Anita! The photo of the Sow's Ear is amazing, and I'm glad you're keeping it for a while longer.

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    1. Ha ha! I was sure many of you guessed the news! And that photo of the Sow's Ear is amazing. What a thrill to get it! Xx

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  10. I knew it! Congratulations to you both and I look forward to the adventures in your new home. ;-) xx

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    1. Ha! You did know it! I didn't want to reply to your last comment. My silence probably spoke silence. Xx

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  11. Congrats guys! Looking forward to following a new adventure...

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    1. Thanks Edwina. Hope you will enjoy a mid century restoration story. Xx

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  12. yes to new ventures!. Cant wait to see more....let the adventure begin x

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    1. Thanks for your kind words!! Xx

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  13. Oh wow Anita, you finally got your mid-century home. Congratulations xx

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    1. Yes finally. It also has a patio ...perfect for a patio frock! Xx

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  14. Anita - congratulations to your very own mid-century digs! We look forward to the next chapter.

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    1. Many thanks Magnus! This home will be easier to research too as many of the protagonists are still alive! Xx

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  15. Congratulations. How darn exciting. Will also look forward to the next chapter.

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    1. Oh thanks! It really is hard to contain the excitement. Xx

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  16. Excellent! Let the adventure unfold!

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    1. Thanks so much! It will be a fun project! Xx

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  17. Great to see the picture of the historical 'sows ear' and congrats on the new purchase and project. We swung the hammer on the new renovation today as well, but still need to tidy up a few loose ends before putting the current project on the market.

    Cheers, Col

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    1. Thanks Col! I haven't been keeping up with you project, so will see where you are at. Can't wait to hear more. Xx

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  18. Woohoo! I am sooooo excited for you Anita as while I know you guys love the Sow's ear, this style of house is where your hearts really lie. I bet Jason is marginally relieved that he will never have to gap fill another VJ! Tell him, if he is feeling this as an acute loss he is welcome to pop over and make friends with Betsy. Cannot wait to see more details of the new house and hear about your restoration/works of true love. And finding the original photo is so timely, incredible how you have come full circle with this being the final chapter. Almost uncanny really. I too have made contact with the lady whose parents built our house, Betsy being the younger sister to the Sow by one year as she was built in 29 and I too have the gold that is original photos. Will share when I sort out all the other more pressing issues at our place. mel x

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  19. Congrats ... very happy for you. I'm looking forward to seeing and reading more about the renovations of your new home. No doubt you'll have some great light fittings to put into this beauty!!!

    Anonymous Natalie xx

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  20. Congratulations!! Can't wait to see the new home unfold! XX

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  21. Wow! That's exciting! Can't wait to see the new place.

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  22. Very exciting! The new home looks like it will suit you down to the ground!

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  23. Ooh! I'm sooo delighted for you, Anita. A delicious adventure awaits. J x

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