Sunday, August 31, 2008

Meet Edith

Two weeks ago, in the hour before dawn, we arrived at our new... ahem, OLD home. I have spent some time getting to know this old house and have given her the moniker, Edith. I wanted to share some photos of her with you and perhaps even share some of our adventures. I could not show you a clear photo of Edith's face because of all the lovely trees growing right in front of her. Edith can't even be seen from the street, she's so hidden in foliage. The above photo is the best I could get to let you see how she appears as you approach her. The living room windows are on the lower left and the hint of red bricks is the arch entryway which leads you to the front door.
Edith really is behind all that greenery! The front door is located right in the most thickly obscured part.
Here's Edith's front door and partial shot of the red brick arch. During the first few days here, I made an amazing discovery in the farthest reaches of the backyard. Iron gates that use to hang across this front archway were now being used as a fence. Such a shame that ironwork doesn't still hang from those bricks. Edith had a grand entryway once.
This is the view when you enter the archway and look east. Edith is the house on the corner of her street, but right beside her property line is a small city owned linear park that is chock-full of more trees. That means that Edith has trees on three sides, giving us plenty of nature to view out her many windows.
I stood in the park to take this shot of the arch on the other side of the front door.
This shot is of Edith's eastside (the one that is alongside the park). Notice she has windows on three levels as well as a side door? Right above that door is my favourite set of windows in the whole house. Those beauties on the landing halfways between the main level and the upstairs. From first sight, I was in love with these windows that open inwards and allow so much light and fresh air into the house.

This is the same side of the house, just further back to show you the deck which is attached to the back of Edith. Also, the long narrow windows belong to the kitchens on the main and second floors respectively.
Here's Edith's west side, as seen from the driveway. The windows here belong to the living room (the small ones are from either side of the fireplace) and further back are the ones belonging to the dining room.
Again, this is the view of Edith's west side only this time I'm standing at the end of the neighbour's driveway and looking back at the house. You can see the dining room set of three windows more clearly here with the small upper window belonging to the bedroom where I'm currently typing this post from. Sometime ago, an additional room was added to the back of Edith and you can see it as the sided structure with no windows.

This is how Edith looks at the back. There's the deck which can be accessed through the door from the main floor kitchen, with a set of smaller windows located straight up from the door belonging to the second floor kitchen.
How about these light switches? They are located on the wall in the front foyer. The switch on the far left operates the porch light outside the front door.
My last photo for this post shows the staircase to the upstairs which is what you see when you enter through Edith's front door. See all that bright sunshine coming through my favourite windows on the landing? Heavenly.
Now, I do have more photos of Edith that I can share, but I will save them for another post. You also read that we've been having some "adventures" with our move. I've been debating whether to give you the nitty gritty on all that has happened in our two weeks here because, well it isn't all happy stuff. Some of it has left me in tears. Today, I think I shall just leave this post as it is with photos and happy thoughts.
I have missed you all here in blogland and hope to get caught up with you and get back to posting regularly. I won't promise any sewing projects just yet. We're not unpacked because we will be leaving Edith (due to certain specific "adventures" that have happened in her).


  1. It's SO nice that you are back, Katherine :0)

    No wonder that you have been away for a while! Moving is such a big thing, and very time consuming...
    But what a wonderful and BIG house you have moved into. I think Edith is beautiful...

    I don't hope that you have had too many bad experiences with Edith!

    Have a nice time, Katherine.

    Ulla :0)

  2. Welcome back, Katherine!!!!
    I missed you!
    The house (through your photos) looks so nice and big!
    I didn't know if I've understood well your last sentence...
    I'll keep in touch :)
    Have a good week!

  3. Nice to meet you Edith..I'm sure we'll be seeing more of you! Take care Katherine...hope the move hasn't been too hard on you!

  4. Love Edith! Thanks for sharing her!

  5. Wow! Your house is so full of corners and angles, how fabulous.

    Looking forward to watching Edith welcome you in over the next few months.

  6. Welcome back Katherine! So good to "see" you again. It sounds like you have been having an interesting time. (I think my boring life is pretty good. I don't know that I would like interesting!) I can see why you were attracted to Edith. What a grand old girl she is!

  7. Welcome back Katherine!
    Wat a wonderful tribute to Edith!

    Sorry to understand you’ll be moving again! Take care!

  8. What a house...

    The one thing I've learnt from my time blogging is that there is as many people lurking and supporting you as there are people posting and supporting you...if you want to share that's ok and if you don't that's ok the end we all will be here listening whenever and whatever you do decide to share. (((hugs)))

  9. She's a beauty Katherine! I can see why you fell in love. Hope she's not causing you too much trouble. Try to hang in there!

  10. Edith is a big old house .You will make it all homely again .It make my house look like a tent or very small

  11. Edith is absolutely beautiful. You must be so excited about digging in and setting things up. Old homes have such character and pride of workmen.

    My grandparent's home still has the old light "buttons" throughout. Her home was built in 1901. My cousin now lives in it and, like Edith, it is stunning.

    We tried to photograph my in-laws old family home in Stillwater, MN. this past summer and it too was shielded from the street by shrubs. I was so disappointed as it was such a lovely old home.

    Glad you are back online and ready to blog again. We missed you.

  12. What a beautiful old home!

    The house I live in was built in 1917 and we had the same kind of switches throughout the house. When we had the house rewired some years ago, the electrician refused to put the old switches back. I guess he didn't think they were safe.

  13. Edith is a gorgeous old house. Though now I am wondering what secrets or problems Edith has within her walls. Mold? Rot? We live in a old house post 1906 earthquake, we have one set of those button switches. We also have a host of problems as well as the many years of "fixes" of previous years. It must be so frustrating. So sorry Katherine.

  14. Edith look like a lovely old lady of a house. I hope her issues are resolved soon so you can enjoy her beauty.


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