On the Reno: Part 5

October 2, 2016 - 8:40 pm 2 Comments

20161002_reno_1004Before the rain started again, today was a delightfully sunny Spring day for all to enjoy the Farmers’ and Artists’ Market in Castlemaine.

This occurs on the first Sunday of each month. It is a place you can buy local, organic food and original artworks, and all at very reasonable prices.

Now you may be asking yourself why I am wandering off the subject of renovating. It is simple, really. When you are working hard on your dream home, you need sustenance. And at places like local markets, you can often pick up something quite wonderful in the furniture line that perfectly fits the style of the house you are re-making, as I did today. I also picked up some delicious-looking potatoes and some amazing leeks, which, it is no exaggeration, were the size of small people!

Yesterday I pulled up the  linoleum that had been under carpet I  had also removed—but some time ago—from the largest room in the house, plus all the old newspapers which were underneath, dated 1947,  which is before I was born. Now, after I had read those items of the news that I simply couldn’t ignore, I broke the rather brittle lino into fairly small pieces so that I could dispose of them thoughtfully.  I was wearing a dust mask at the time, something you might consider using yourself when working on a very old house. This big room presents a little problem because it is so large, but I will tell you more about that later. Today was a holiday for me after all the hard yakka, and so off to the markets I did go.

The picture at the top of the page is of one of the two items I purchased from a clever man called Robert, who fashioned it. How could I resist a traditional meat-keeper that would fit perfectly into a house that was built on the Victorian goldfields? Well, I couldn’t. Especially with that delightful poster advertising Bendigo Digger Jams. It seemed to be made for my house. Serendipity, my father would have said, though I believe I was just at the right place at the right time.

2 Responses to “On the Reno: Part 5”

  1. Marjorie Dawe Says:

    I see pieces of the renewed brick wall peeping from behind the meat keeper. It probably had a netting-wire wad of charcoal surrounding it, a tray of water beneath and jute sacking thrown over to circulate the water through the charcoal.
    Stick with your refrigerator but I do approve of your impulse buy. Inner satisfaction. Digger Jam indeed. They earned it. Possibly made locally.

  2. Cheryl Says:

    Thank you Marjorie Dawe, You will be seeing it “in the flesh” so to speak, for yourself, in the not too distant future for the renovations proceed.
    Rache and I went around some promising-looking carpet shops this week and David, the gentleman who will be building the bookshelves in the front room, should be back tomorrow. He has been in Papua New Guinea offering his building skills as a volunteer, so I should hear some excellent stories while he is working. Must find the provenance of the Digger Jam. You’ve got me intrigued.

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