Since some of you seem to have liked the photos I have shown, I thought I would torture you with my own tour. It won't take long...it's all one room with the fireplace structure in the center!!! And after all, it is semi clean right now and has a few Christmas decorations up. So here goes my tour of our 1860's Cape.
It was a flea filled shack when we moved in...with unfinished walls and subflooring under our feet. No one had taken care of it in any way for at least 50 years. The top photo was taken with my back to the front door, looking a bit to the right into the living room. You can see our woodstove that is our primary heat source. Our little telephone table is on the right, and further to the right out of view is my bookcase-hutch. The next picture is what you see as you enter (looking slightly left) to the kitchen side of the massive brick fireplace structure.Standing in the kitchen with my back to the cabinets I'll show a few shots. The kitchen side has a small fireplace that we never use but it does function. That hearth is our dog's eating area. The crock is full of dog food, and the antique specimen jar is for his bones. You can see the front door that is never used. Good friends always use the back door.At this point I will tell you that the people who owned the home before us felt it had spirits that would visit them. That's one of the reasons that they moved. We laughed it off, although I have had some strange experiences in my life that I won't tell now. I will tell you that the house and barn had places where you would feel as though you were being watched, and you would feel chilled...even in the summer. Creepy...and we both felt it. Over time as we fixed up the place those sensations subsided. If there were spirits I think they are happy that there are people who are fixing up their old home and taking care of the place. But when I see my pictures come out with swirls of grey that don't exist in the room (like the above shot) I kinda wonder. There was no light or anything in the room that would cause that.The above shot is taken looking slightly right, with my back still against the cabinets. The painted bunny chest holds VCR tapes, and the old green bucket holds all those plastic bags that we get at the grocery store.The copper coal hod holds our dishtowels. Since it is an old house it only has one closet upstairs...for everything! So you will see a variety of crocks, chests and objects that disguise our "stuff". The chimney has it's original bee hive oven with cast iron door, and it's a great place to let bread rise when the woodstove is going. The woodstove is just to the right around the corner.