Saturday, 18 February 2012

Little details at De Oude Huize Yard

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. 

Remember these? 

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.
Thanks for being so kind

 Thanks for visiting 
See you soon 

With the help or Renior we love to party 


  1. What an amazing home!! I love how much you are repurposing things and keeping so much of the original charm and character. So lovely! Thanks for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday~

    1. Dear Venessa
      Thanks for your kind words. May you have a wonderful day. The photo of the girls having a tea party is adorable.

  2. Ooh, love your home. Love how the basin turned out. Hugs and bleesing,Cindy

    1. Dear Cindy
      Thanks for your wonderful comment.
      Have a wonderful week.

  3. Oh, I love your home! and all the wonderful treasures you are reusing in different ways are fantastic! Thank you for joining TTF and have a wonderful week!

  4. Dear Diann
    Thanks for your wonder comment and thanks for hosting a wonderful party. I love those stocking holders for any special occasion.
    Lots of love from South Africa

  5. Hi Sandra,
    Such a gorgeous home! I love all your special touches (chair shelf, doors, etc.), I'm joining you on your journey, it promises to be a joyful ride!
    Thanks for linking to our party, looking forward to seeing you each week.
    Big hugs from Miami!

    1. Dear Patti
      Thank for your kind words and for joining our journey. See you soon.
      Lots of love from South Africa.

  6. Hi Sandra! I am stopping back by to let you know that I will be featuring this post in this week's TTF party. I hope you will join us again and grab the "I was featured" button for your blog. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Dear Diann what a wonderful honor. Will feature on our blog.
      Lots of South African sunshine love

  7. Sandra,
    I just found your lovely and interesting blog today. You and your family are so talented! I love your husband's iron work. My father was a welder and I know the work that goes into it.
    I live in the center of the United States. A small farming community in the state of Missouri.
    I will look forward to your blog each time.
    Blessings, Rosie

    1. Dear Rosie
      Thanks for you wonderful and inspiring message. Keep well!
      Love from South Africa