Friday, March 26, 2010

A Journey for a Day at Dot's Farmhouse

A new day, a new Spring day and the daffodils along our driveway road looked shining and beautiful with the car lights as we drove to park the car late last night.

I had so much to share from our 24 hour trip that with my best friend's permission, Dot (previously blogged about her before), just wanted to share with you her precious, beautiful farmhouse that is like her second Heaven. It is the home where she grew up, a family home, now preserved.

Dot is definitely not her age. She has the charisma and energy of a 20 year old, the determination of a wise woman, and the best Godmother you would ever, ever want.
We met Dot after we moved here as she lives right down the road and her faith in God, and her life journey wisdom, has constantly been a source of strength for me and BodyGuard.
Dot likes to have fun, she is real, and loves to find humor in anything. She is one of the wisest women I've ever known.

We went by her farmhouse that she has in South Ga on the way back from our trip to Ft. Stewart, Ga.
Several years ago Dot remodeled and restored her family house. It was going to be abandoned but Dot, loved her mother and her family home so much that she restored it.
It was where she grew up and it has alot of character and memories. She tells stories of when she remembers going from the well to the house to draw water, when the yard was sand and not grass. She remembers the old smokehouse for meat hanging.

I thought I would share the pics, as I had her permssion, because I know there are alot of folks who, like me, love, love to see older homes restored and the country life.

She still lives here but has through the past years, traveled many times to her home in South Ga. for a peaceful haven, as she calls it. A house full of memories. A home.







This is the old barn.

This was her mother and father's bedroom, her favorite room of the house.





I love this room too. Love the old iron bed and her touch to restore the clapboard house.

Look how sweet she made the bathroom!  She said growing up this was the only bathroom for the whole family.


Here is Dot giving us the tour.



The second bedroom with repainted clapboard walls and her finishing touches.

There are twin beds in this room.


A closet in this room was remodeled to a half-bath. I love this idea!


Now she is showing us the beautiful dining room, the center of the house.


Here's the farmhouse kitchen which has 2 high windows to watch the cattle and see the beautiful landscape.


The kitchen is in the back of the house and then the dining room. You see opening on the left wall was enclosed but when she grew up, it was an opening to pass the food to the dining room.
The chair on the left was one of the original chairs her mother left her from the dining room table. Her brothers and sisters all got one of the chairs when she died. Dot kept hers here.






In the corner of the dining room is a fireplace which actually also opens to the living room on the other side. The mantel and fireplace are original to the house.

The whole house has sheer curtains in lace which makes the sunshine show the beautiful character of the home.


In the front room/living room here is a pic of the old house as she grew up.



Here is a pic of the house from the front door.
A little tilted but I had been up all night and all day so by this point I was a bit off balance! LOL


This is the fireplace on the reverse side of the dining room, facing the front room.


A picture of her mother and father, both deceased now.
I couldn't believe how much Dot looks like her mother!




The Bible her mother gave her in 1954.


Her name is Dorothy, but we all call her Dot.
She is truly a gift from God.




Her mother's chair, original, but recovered years ago.


On the front porch.


A cool breeze was blowing yesterday through the screened porch.
While sitting on the porch, in the background (hard to see here but not in real life) is a cemetary where her mother and father are buried.


Body Guard holding a pic of her father while plowing the fields.


A pic of the old vaporizer that her mom used to help them get over colds and illnesses.


Ok, here is my husband staring at a bull with a red shirt on!  Hey, babe, the bull is staring at you hard. They stared at each other for a while. I digress......LOL


Here he is at the old well and looking at the old barn.



While the bull was still staring at him.


But I got a closer pic of one of the sweet cows. Her brother lives close by and runs the cow farm.



This is the Smoke house where meat was hung and cured.



The old sausage grinder for the meat


In the Smokehouse the original screen door, old farm tools, pots.







A journey for a day.

7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    PS I hope you got my email from yesterday.

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  2. Wow, a lovely set of photos and memories!

    What a quaint little house. Just love it.

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  3. This was wonderful. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  4. Oh that house is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. WOW! I am so speechless over those pictures!! I adore older farm houses, especially those found here in the south. They are so beautiful and have so much character. Your friend, Dot, did such a wonderful job preserving her child hood home.

    Thank you so much for sharing and thank you to Dot for allowing the pictures to be shared!

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  6. What a fantastic place!! Thanks to you for all the pics and thanks to Dot for inviting us to see her wonderful home! I love the front porch!

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  7. Thank you for sharing, It reminded me of my hubbies Grandparents old farmhouse.

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