Thursday, November 18, 2010

A step back in time

Does it...

look familiar??

My little farm cottage at Red Gate Farm.  The top photo was taken sometime in the 40's.  After the front "porch" was enclosed, but before the back "porch" was totally enclosed.   Why is it that old photographs seem to look a little stark, even barren.  Is it the black and white?  The lack of large trees?  I'm not sure why, but it seems a little sad or lonely.

In the recent photo, to the left of the back porch door is the "breakfast nook".  We don't breakfast there, but it is where I blog.  In the top photo, it is totally enclosed because it was the milk room or a cool room.  Where the milk was stored, no windows, no access from inside the house.   You may also note that there are no little dormer windows in the roof, originally the upstairs was just attic space.  It's amazing that a fairly large family lived here, with no inside plumbing!

Almost the weekend,
Chris at Red Gate Farm


  1. Hi Chris: It is amazing the difference in the two pictures but I had to really compare them to see all the changes. Do you know much of the history of your property? Maybe you've blogged about it somewhere in your archives. Was the land surrounding your property actually farmed at one time or was it used for cattle? It looks relatively flat so I can imagine there could have been crops. I would LOVE to live on a rural property like yourself, with no neighbours watching your every move! Someday I'm going to make it happen! Hope you have a great weekend. Yes, the skates are real, small girl's figure skates that were sprayed and hand-painted with little snowflakes. xox

  2. Hi Chris! How fun to see an old picture of your home! It's always fun to compare how different, or similar, things were back then to now. Your home looks so sweet and well loved now!
    Happy weekend to you!
    ~ Jo :)


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