If we're friends on facebook, chances are you've already heard me garbling on about our country home. We've been the proud owners of this original millers cottage in the states south west for a few months now. We couldn't be happier with our little slice of country life. It hass been a welcome repreive from the demands of our life in Perth, to exist in some liminal space between the city and the bush at our own whim.
I'd consider real estate to be my most expensive hobby. I have my real estate license and I try to keep abreast of the market. This includes freqiently seraching every suburb in Perth and surrounds at every price point. Ocasionally, I'll humour myself and set the search parameters to houses in the greater Perth region under 100 k. On one such ocassion, a rammed earth cabin in Pemberton came up, and we arranged to travel down to inspect it.
That property didn't turn out to be right for us (cramped, and no pets!) but the showing agent mentioned he had something else that hadn't yet been listed, but might suit us a bit better. He drove us 45 minutes from Pemberton to an original mill site, where he pulled up outside the house and we both instatly fell in love with it. The house was built in 1939 to house the families of the workers at the on site timber mill which closed in the 80's. The house itself has been kept exceptionally well, and passed its structral and termite inspections with flying colours.
The mill settlement itself is techincally its own self contained town, complete with town hall. It is set on 70 hecteres of native bushland. We have a bevvy of native animals that pass through our front and back yard at all hours of day; emus, bunnies, goats, snakes, lizards, kangaroos and bush turkeys.
Despite being in good physical condition when we took possesion, the styling left much to be desired, as did the landscaping. I have delusions of french provincial meets shabby chic grandeur. We're currently in the (slow) process of removing and replacing furniture, and doing some light cosmetic changes that we hope will compliment the home's orignal charm. We're attempting to do the overhaul with thrifted, reclaimed or salvaged materiels, hence the slow pace. Once we've finished, we will be hiring out the house on air b n b as a country retreat. I have pipe dreams to buy a second or third property on site, quit my day job and establish a cosy little B&B bussiness. A girl can dream, right?
I intend to update the blog with process of the home make-over as soon as possible, but in the meantime you can follow our progress by following wildlinghomesetad on instagram.
We decided to take off to the country this week to rest and heal from our sad news last week.
It was the prefect decison. The air down there is cleaner, you can see the stars at night and once I step over the threshold, my neurosis about answering emails and organising every element of our lives just melts away. Helped in large part bu the fact I dont have mobile service down there, and we have no immediate plans to have it fitted with wifi.
It was an unadulterated escape. marked by slow cooked meals, watching movies, reading books, long discussions, napping in hammocks, gardening, walking the dog and hosting some beloved visotors who made the trip down from Perth to keep us company.
A close friend and her son stayed a few days, as well as one of our darling flower girls and her lovley mama making a day trip to be with us.
I'm not sure what it is, but having the sound of childrens gleeful laughter bouncing off the walls of the home we love so much felt healing. Nothing could have made me happier in that moment than chubby little fingers grabbing and eating handfuls of chives fresh from my garden. It was like a spiritual affirmation that all we had hoped for had not been lost; that we were surrounded by love and joy and innocence, just like we'd intended. We may not yet be Mum & Dad, but creating magic as Uncle Reece & Aunite Kim is a very close second.