Monday, May 16, 2011

Country QLD at it's Finest...

We travelled up north for a few days on the weekend.
We came across and abandoned homestead.

This has to be Queensland Country at it's finest.

This Grand Old Lady was originally an original farmstead house for a huge sugar cane plantation.
It is in a sad state of repair.
It is overgrown and unloved.
Original and very vintage.
Intriguing and very beautiful...
...we took a look...

I love these original shutters on old Queenslander homes.

She would have been a beauty in her day.

The room adjacent to this one was a very elegant room with silky oak panelling on the walls.
Fine dining I expect!
A shame my photo of it didn't turn out.
Look what was left behind though...

I didn't expect this discovery downstairs.
 Don't you just love it? 

The original french doors that would have adorned the verandahs were under the house. 
A collection of bridles, saddles and stirrups under a mountain of dust.

The front garden would have been very stately with it's fine palms.
Look what was in the undergrowth.
There were two others.

We said goodbye to this gorgeous lady and headed on our way.

We then had the pleasure of meeting Wendy.
Wendy owns 17 acres of fruit and vegetables.
She sells them at her roadside stall which was originally the homestead's kitchen.
It's very cottagey and welcoming.
I felt I was in my grandmothers kitchen.
Freshly picked bunches of veges everywhere.
Shelves of secondhand books were available to take.

When Wendy had finished serving us she jumped on to her cycle and bid her goodbyes, and peddled off to pick up the fruit that had dropped on the ground over night!

Bye Wendy, it was an absolute pleasure.

There is nothing like Country Queensland with it's charm, it's history and its' myriad of colourful characters.
We also stayed at a very special coastal spot.
I will share another time.

Pam x


theoldboathouse said...

Oh wow Pam that house, that car sigh! I so hope it and the house end up in the hands and heart of someone who will love them. Glad u had a fun time. Xx katherine

A Treasured Past said...

Wow Pam, what a fantastic house! How amazing is the car. I would love to have a poke around there. Its like a movie set.

Tiff said...

That sounds like a delightful break, full of beautiful scenery and wonderful surprises! It is so nice to explore new places and do things a little out of the ordinary! It is a bonus to meet interesting people along the way too! X

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Oh wow what a house!! I love the piano and the car under the house...imagine leaving it there but then what do you do with an old car that doesn't work presumably in a little country leave it there so someone can discover it and take great photos! Love the shutter photo also...wait until I show you one I have...kindered spirits I tell you...Kiss Noises Linda

*Spring Blossom* said...

Some beautiful finds!! Looks like you had a lovely weekend away.

brismod said...

Wow! What a fantastic old home and that car. It's like stepping back in time. What an interesting trip you had. xx

Comeca Jones said...

What a great lil trip you had. I loved being able to stop with you to visit Wendy.

Claus said...

that should have been a museum! So many treasures!! :-O Thank you so much for sharing! It was lovely to take a look at some history on your side of the world. I loved it!
have a great day!

polkadotpeticoat said...

That home was grand a treasure trove of architectural details.....just perfect!

Rose H (UK) said...

So sad that such a beautiful home has been it the kind of thing that someone could take over and 'do up' Pam? That old car was gorgeous too. Fancy leaving the piano as well. Sigh, such a shame.
Love the look of Wendy's :o)
Have a great week!
Rose H
Glad you enjoyed my journey too.

delia hornbook said...

O Pam seeing that old house brought a lump to my throat. so much love and light and in that at some stage of its family life. I wonder what happened and why the car, piano ad saddles where left there and not taken. It crying out to be loved again. What a beautiful project that would make, dee x

Carmel's Closet said...

I want, I want, I want that house! What a find, what a treasure. How tragic is is being left to melt in the elements.
Looks like a super time away. Thanks for sharing.

Naturally Carol said...

What an amazing place to find! I wonder what would cause someone to just up and leave all of that beautiful stuff and that georgeous house..just boggles the mind. Isn't that fruit place quaint too!

Sarah B said...

What a great property! It does make me feel a little better about the poor state of our house - it's not quite so bad as the one you show. Who would leave that piano and car?

Raine and Sage said...

I could potter about a house like that for hours. What a gorgeous piece of history, and the car and piano had me imagining the family that lived there. Wow what an exciting adventure you've been on.
Wendy's life appeals to me right now. Back to basics, permaculture, keep it simple and slow... how lovely.