Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Life in the Old Walls

This big old house is once more being put to the test as we have now started work on a new bathroom. Slowly but surely, I've been going through the place, renovating rooms and bringing back to life the ancient walls that once embraced a Georgian atmosphere. I can again feel heads shaking as they disagree with my plans. Modern clashed with old, it rarely works. Yet in our new world of heated towel rails and power showers, the voices are there, standing back as they whisper their disapproval, watching on as ancient beds are torn away. It's a big room, 13ft by 13ft, the Farmer's bedroom when he was a young boy. But forty years ago, the original bathroom was riddled with damp as it sat above the pantry on the end of the house. Builders removed its three outside walls then moved the main bathroom into the room next door, meaning the Farmer had to move, too.

I luxuriated in the extraordinarily long bath before the plumber arrived the next morning; I soaked up the ambience of forty years use; imagined the cast iron once new only to be discarded when the new lady of the house took over occupancy. We should be able to use the bath outside in the garden. I shall put plants in it, in memory of the people who once massaged themselves in hot water and foam.




28 comments:

  1. Hiya - bet you are looking forward to the new bathroom. So did the farmer root through the skip??

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  2. It's a great idea to use the old bath in the garden. I can't wait to see photos of the finished bathroom. :)

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  3. Paradoxically I miss all the excitement, dirt and hassle of renovating. Of having a vision of the finished work in my head and seeing it slowly come to life.
    Having read back down the pages I can see that your life is packed with work and joy...books to write...cold callers to freeze out, the farmer to feed and beautiful daughter to love. Certainly a modern, warm bathroom is a small reward.
    Good luck with it all.

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  4. I've had several house renovations, including the house I am in at the moment. It's so exciting. I'm sure you'll love it when it's finished.

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  5. Hey ho - love it! As you know we are currently about to embark on our makeover and I am so excited - we are ordering the new Aga today - bring it on! Looking forward to the pics.
    Dxx

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  6. Thanks for the follow. I’m following you back now!

    Your pictures scared me a bit- we are going to be doing some stuff around the house and I'm getting a bit nervous!

    -Becca
    Becca's Perspective

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  7. Thank you Crystal for stopping by my new blog and becoming a follower!! It means alot!! You have a wonderful blog here!

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  8. just redid our main bathroom...have fun with it...

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  9. We have to be practical in life; we can't live our lives as a shrine to the past.

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  10. Oh wow! What a project. I always admire people who can do such! The outcome will all be worth it. Onward!
    Sandra
    "Inspiration to lead healthier and more financially prosperous lives."

    www.reallifeinaminue.blogspot.com

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  11. Wow, it looks like an exciting project. It's lovely to see such a beautiful picture on your front page, too - we're also based in Northumberland and have been thinking about buying a bit wreck to renovate. Apparently there are some fantastic places near Stocksfield and we saw a beautiful ex-led-smelting-mine complete with flues the other day. Aren't we lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world? Good luck with the project.

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  12. I think I could learn to love such a large bathroom. Can't wait to see it all done.

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  13. Good luck with the renovations. I too need to update our bathroom, but the thought of it sends shivers up and down my spine. I am putting in a vintage cast iron bath in mine though that has been purchased at a salvage store.

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  14. That toilet is awfully near to the door~ However do you manage with it like that?

    The farm looks wonderful in the picture, but I can see how much maintenance it needs.

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  15. All these plans sound so exciting! Hard work, but in the end it should be worth it.

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  16. Exciting times! I'd love to overhaul our bathroom. Maybe in 50 more years. Can't wait to hear how it all turns out.

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  17. How exciting, I am sure it will be lovely when it is finished. I hated getting our bathroom renovated as it felt as if my nest had been turned upside down, probably due to all of the debris the happy farmer left in his wake as he got on with the renovation. I hope your bathroom renovation is less stressful.

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  18. The bath will make an excellent water trough if you can keep it topped up. Our bathroom when growing up in the farmhouse was so big that Mum had a sofa in it, just to use up some of the space, but it was always BALTIC. Hope your new one is nice and cosy :-) Jo

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  19. Star - that door is a cupboard, the main door is on the opposite side.

    Imagespast - our bathroom is Baltic, too!

    Thank you for your comments, CJ xx

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  20. How exciting! And what a big bathroom! I'd love a bathroom that size!

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  21. Oh boy, you have your work cut out for you. Good luck with the renovation. I can't wait to see it finished. I'm sure it will be beautiful. Love the picture at the top of your blog.

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  22. I love the idea of using the bath for plants. I bet that will look spectacular. As will your new bathroom! :)

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  24. ohohoh I can't wait to see the end result!
    new follower from the blog hop. Please follow back :)
    http://slepperymind.blogspot.com

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  25. Well, you're into it now! I hope it is both gorgeous and Georgian when finished.

    Best wishes on the project.

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  26. It'll be worth the upheaval. Sometimes these things have just got to be done.

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  27. We're getting there. Today, the Farmer and the plumber have smashed up the old cast iron bath and I'm speechless! They couldn't get in out of the bathroom as it was too heavy. What a shame.

    Thank you for your comments, CJ xx

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  28. Oh wow! What a gorgeous old home! Thanks for stopping by! I am following back. Look forward to seeing more photos!
    Brandy
    http://www.NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3.com

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