On Sunday I was invited to see a beautiful old house in Wolfville, just 20 minutes down the road.
I was encouraged to bring my camera.
This is the view from the side of the house. It's around 4 in the afternoon.
I drove up a long hill of a driveway that you can see leans down to the right.
The bright sun overexposed many of my pictures of the yard.
Here is a beautiful hosta in bloom, loving the shade.
We're in the midst of cherry season here in the Annapolis Valley,
so I don't know what kind of fruit this tree bears.
A wonderful overgrown rose arbour.
We come into the kitchen from a shaded back porch.
such a simple, elegant window treatment
The door to the basement
an early 19th century English sideboard sits in the dining room
with its handcarved detail
Looking from the dining room into the parlour.
In the hall just beyond you can see the profile of an old clock.
From the hall you can see into the library. This is the full width of the house.
Now we are in the parlour looking back into the dining room.
Now the front door that is probably rarely used .
Here is that clock that stands in the hallway.
It is late 1700's, English in origin.
carved from top to bottom with a handpainted clockface
The top half of the clock's closet bears a carving of the Bible scene,
Jacob and Esau with the Angel
Below another biblical scen
And the ornate base, a wonderful family relic
Around the corner is the library
It is a pleasant room
The old couch is reupholstered in a plum fabric with brocade of ceramic ware
a small Middle Eastern carpet at my feet
The grandmother of my host, a nurse in the British Army
more lovely old family photos
What a fabulous family photo
The glamorous woman on the right is Anne who reminds me of the great opera singer Maria Callas
Here's a jolly life of the party
Everybody has an uncle in the family like this, don't they?
Off of the library is an enclosed porch made into an office.
Note the wonderfully simple mechanism to lift and lower the back of this chair
on the bottom right.
A drafting table becomes a desk, a deco stool accompanies it.
an antique ceramic figurine made into a lamp with a paper shade
up close we see he holds an axe
Out the window we see the companion porch still open
This is how it looks and what it looks upon
We go upstairs to a very generous hall.
One of the three bathrooms, I think the simplicity of this one is my favourite
a lovely old chair in one of the other bathrooms
and an old captain's chair in one of the bedrooms
Another old carpet outside the master bedroom
my host's grandfather's army trunk at the foot of the bed
A most impressive view of Bomidon from the master bedroom's window.
Oh, I see some of the spectator's for the baseball game across the street.
The little girl's room
and finally a picture of the little girl who once slept there.
And so closes this tour of a grand old house in Wolfville that is now on the market.
Once an opthamoligist's home, and later a B&B, this is a home with pedigree.
Hopefully someone who buys it will honour it's historical features and care for it in it's old age.
honouring the past
living the present