Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Journey of our little Home.
Twenty tow years ago when we lived in the next town 10 minutes away,our lives changed forever after a fatal car accident...no it was not us in the actual accident but Bob was an Ambulance driver and having attended many horrific scenes over the years,a little girl was killed ,not a mark on her body...this time the Ambulance driver could take no more and a shell came home that evening,3 weeks later the roller-coaster ride started.Bob had a massive breakdown,Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome it is referred to now,and he and we changed forever.
We were in a home provided by our work, a nice modest home and we loved where we lived.Government jobs are not very sympathetic when they find that the worker cannot return and after 6 months it was obvious that Bob could not,he was still a very ill man.So in all their kindness they gave us 5 weeks to get out! lovely! we were given the choice of Bob resigning or being sacked,we were advised that we should let them sack Bob that way he would get more benefit from his Superannuation,this we did.
It was not a lot of money but enough to buy our home,our haven.For Bobs return to health the priority was to get a safe place for him,for him to feel secure and no one could put us out,so the search began for something cheap that we would have no mortgage for.There was nothing until we asked about our little town,it was not eveyones fav place to live ,now everyone wants to live here lol.
Then we found a little box house full of character and affordable...so the Johnstons moved in and life started to get to some normality,it took 10 years Bob eventually he got better,her is different but in a good way..life is funny.
So we bought this little home and as it had no shed or kitchen! we had enough change to put a kitchen in and built a garage for Bob or a shed as we call them.
Lots of people comment on our front verandah imagine the neighbours reaction when on a whim Bob investigated to find that those 2 front windows were in fact once a verandah all filled in to make 2 tiny extra rooms and so the little box became the princess she now is,those two front room take all the afternoon sun in summer and it almost cooked us inside the house,now we have coolness and breezes come through and we love her...so here is the now and before's .
Before,new roof,gardens,verandah wrought iron and a face lift ,I don't think you can see them properly but there are 2 green frogs at the base of the steps and they are still there,where I grew up we had 2 chooks on ours lol must be an old Aussie thing. Anyway thats our little story,and although the gardens have changed again and the verandah now has a swishy settee to sit upon and wall ornaments,she is still home even the before pics are wonderful as we were blessed to find something affordable in the times when everything was starting to get more expensive,we paid $60,000 for her and her value is now almost $300,000 what a strange world of finance we live in.how hard for the young to find their nest. I have just found that the pic is not saved correctly and I can't seem to change it but I think you get the general idea lol typical me!!!