When we left the city lights behind and move to the country side we have had no idea what awaits us.
We new what we want . . . T I M E and P E A C E
For some, our decision was a little . . . surprising!
For us a was the starting of something new . . . De Oude Huize Yard and a very challenging opportunity.
We have only use secondhand items and goodies in our house and bed and breakfast.
There is basically nothing new!
Hennie (my dear Husband) used to be a Maintance Engineer and this came in very very handy.
|This is our cottage that we bought in October 2000|
The process started and an architect was our first visit.
Luckly he had a vision and this is the building plans that was drawn.
|Trevor Evans and our dream|
|We will be using building material that is available in our area.|
Sandstone, brick and also the red brick that was very popular in the 1900's
|2012 . . . By the Grace of God and with Hennie's help it was made posible.|
And now for some of our little details.
|Oven door is now our letter box|
|A broken chair is fitted with a mirror for shaving|
|Old doors open onto the balcony|
|Hennie re-enamel the bath and legs|
The taps is old brass taps usually used on out-door taps
Light fittings find and shades from an old box of goodies.
|Curtains is burlap bought by the bag (50m) from a local bag producer.|
Queen-ann stove was minus a leg but once again Hennie improvise something
Carriage lamps with an eagle
Red chairs that was in storage for many years.
|Riding gear is now a door stop|
A little wind charm made from old cutlery
Roses in an old teapot
The famous willow pattern bowl.
|Old geyser that was turned into a wash basin|
Turned out to be a lovely copper basin
|The bath legs and bath before Hennie changed it into the present glory.|
|Doors made from old beams|
|Even the Cab is . . . a little more than . . . second hand|
|Tulip in the garden made of left over geyser pieces|
|A picture of an unknown military member found under the floor.|
|It was posted some time ago.|
Well surely it is getting there.
We would like to introduce you to the who's who's of our town
|Please meet our Town Hall |
|The Town hall is the third biggest redstone building in South Africa.|
Being built in 1907 it caused a stir in our country. Harrismith was established in 1849 and was named after the glamorous British Governor, Sir Harry Smith.
During the diamond rust to Kimberly, the town became a busy staging post on the Natal transport route and hotels, stores and public buildings sprang up. In 1892 the railway from Natal to Harrismith opened but due to politics, did not go any further for several years. The town was a major base during the Anglo Boer War, Harrismith has progressed since then to a delightful, spacious town, with several handsome churches and public buildings.
We were featured on The Bramble Berry Cottage. http://www.thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/
Thanks for being so kind
Thanks for visiting
See you soon
With the help or Renior we love to party