Creating, collecting & recycling textiles & papercrafts. I love preserving the past for the future.

Monday, 14 May 2012

A derelict crumbling queenslander house once a lovely lady....

This old queenslander type of house has seen better days.
If only houses could talk.
They would have such things to tell us.
As this old girl has no doubt spanned 3 centuries
can you just imagine the experiences
and
happenings that have taken place within?
The families and people she has nurtured, sheltered and loved.
The ravages of time have indeed been cruel.
There will be no happy ending for this old girl.
{If you click on these photos to enlarge you can see some furniture on the
verandahs that is about to fall right through the decaying floor boards}.
Her run in life has just about ended.
It's just too sad.
In her hey day she would have indeed cut a fine profile,
 positioned as she is high on a rise above the road with views of the surrounding district
looking out to the mountains.
My mum thinks this beautiful old girl was probably built around
1890.
I have been looking at this house for my entire life.
Each time I visited my grandparents
we passed this house.
For many years it was inhabited by
three siblings.
It is the farm house of a family owned property.
Obviously no-one lives here now
and
it has been derelict since the death of the last sibling.
Thanks for visiting me today.
I'd love you to leave a comment and tell me what you think of this former
grand old lady
of
South East Queensland
Australia.
I'd like to acknowledge my aunty
who took these photos
and
kindly gave me permission to use them for this post.
I have enhanced them using
Picmonkey.
I would love you to follow my blog
and
if you do I'll follow yours right back.






27 comments:

  1. So sad to see this once lovely home in disrepair. Think of all the joy the porch under that giant tree gave the owners. Thanks to you and your Auntie for sharing the pics.

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  2. What a special post of what looks to be a grand home at one time. Your Auntie's pics are wonderful. Looking at the views, I can see how it might have looked at one time full of life and love. Flowers blooming around the porch and laughter coming from within. The setting is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a special week.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  3. I can just imagine it being a well-loved home at one time - it is so beautiful. I am very saddened to see homes fall apart - there a re a number like that here - with furniture left too - Gorgeous scenery - I hope you have a blessed week,
    Kathy

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    1. I hate to see this happen to beautifully crafted old houses too. I have been like this my whole life. I just wish I could save them all!

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  4. It makes me so sad to see the house in that shape. I wish someone could buy it that would love it and restore her back to her glory days. I wish I could! Just having an old home like that would be absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Is she going to be torn down now or just left there to fall apart? Is the property for sale? I am so hoping someone will buy it! Thanks for the very nice comment you left on my blog, I really appreciate it. I'm glad it is almost finished so I can get sewing!!!! Have a wonderful week my friend!
    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Sadly my mother tells me this house is much worse now, these pics were taken a few years ago now. It's just TOO sad for words really. When new houses are built they are mostly lifeless vile boxes that follow the 'trend' of the day. To me they are just boring, but that is just me. I have only ever liked the older houses with character.

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  5. Hi EllenaElizabeth,
    It always makes me sad to see a home falling into the ground. She was quite a home in her day and she could regale us with so many stories!
    I always take notice of homes standing sadly in disrepair and wonder about the families who once lived there. I can imagine home made pies cooling on the window sill and the laughter of children. Thanks for sharing your photos and thank you for visiting my blog and leavng your very nice comment. Have a delightful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  6. This always makes me sad because I TOO think about what the house must have been like and who grew up there. We just recently saw an old 3-story Victorian that was just falling down and I said to my husband, "If only I had about 100,000.00 -- I'd buy it in a heartbeat and restore it!". He laughed -- yeah, okay, it would probably take more than that! Maybe you can sneak over and 'rescue' a few pieces of wood or something to make a craft as a memento since you grew up seeing this house? Okay, maybe that's not 'rescuing' but it's a thought :)

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  7. Great photos, and what a beautiful, beautiful setting! And, I think it IS rescuing ~ you should! A few years back the house my great-great Grandfather lived in was being torn down ~ it was way out in the country, on a county road. Ever since I found out he'd lived there (I hadn't always known, as it hadn't been in our family for years and years ~ my Dad just happened to mention it once, that his great-grandpa had lived there), we would drive by every time we were anywhere in the area ~ I just had a fascination with this c. 1850 house! Anyway, on one of the trips, we saw that it was being torn down ~ I was sad, but we went back later that night with the truck and got the porch posts (believe me, they just would have been burned) we've just had them stored until recently, and Mr. B is using them on a fireplace in our bedroom now ~ I couldn't be more pleased! ♥♥
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  8. http://www.rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com/2009/01/enchanted-cottage.html

    Just after I started blogging in 2009 I did a little story about a house down the lane from where I live. You can read it at the link at the top if you want. It's about a home in dis-repair and what happened when we snooped around... I think you'll like it.

    I have a love for old houses. They pull me in...speak to me. I love the house you've shared. What I wouldn't give to have lots of money and restore it.

    Thanks for visiting sweets~Rebecca

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  10. Hi EllenaElizabeth! (I got your name on my first post!) I am your newest follower. Love the pictures.

    Diane

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    1. Thankyou for your kind comments and thankyou so much for becoming my latest follower. Hope you can visit from time to time I would love to hear from you again.

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  11. Hi Ellena Elizabeth, Loved viewing the pics again. Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Yes, it was difficult to make the decision to paint the piano, but so glad in the end.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  12. You are right...I do love this...oh, the stories she could tell...
    Happy Weekend!
    Rene'

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  13. Hi there, Just chanced upon this post through Google images doing research for a Queenslander renovation we're about to start. Just wondering if you could tell me where the photos were taken by any chance?

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    1. Hi Edwina, the photos were taken at Fernvale which is in the Brisbane Valley west of Ipswich.

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  18. Hi there! Grateful information by your web page and discovered very exciting and useful info. Thanks for discussing, keep it up!

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  19. Hello there. I am a photography student and am doing a series on the beauty of old Queenslander homes and was wondering if you could tell me where this house is and if it's still in this state? Thanks alot, the photos are beautiful!

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    1. Hi there. As far as I know the house is still there. It's on the corner of Fernvale Road and Smallwood Road, Fernvale, Queensland.

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    2. Hi MollyLou,
      did you find the house? I just tried to look on google earth (which has images back to 2003), but I can't see it. I have some time, and I'd love to visit Fernvale as well. Perhaps the house was washed away in the 2011 floods? Tragic event.

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    3. Hello Rose Bean. The house is still standing but in much worse shape than when these photos were taken. As for flooding...if that part of Fernvale was flooded we'd all be washed away. It's high and dry believe me. Thanks for commenting.

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