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Oh Christie, what a lovely house! All of the rooms look incredibly spacious and the details are amazing. Thanks for posting the pictures.


I almost didn't recognize the phone, LOL.
The house is big, open, airy, and the lighting is so bright and cheerful!
Love the hardwood floors.
I'll be looking forward to "outside our house".

Karin Smith

I couldn't help noticing that all the door knobs are higher up than ours. That will take some getting used to!

And I think I remember you saying that Aussies wear lots of black clothing? I would wear dirt-hiding colors too if it took 2 1/2 hours to wash a load of laundry. whew! (kind of discourages using too much water too.) :)


Yes, the door knobs are up really high on almost all of the doors. James can't reach many of the handles, which his older siblings are happy about.
And yes, I have noticed lots of black clothing, so that is what I have been wearing. I foresee more individual stain removal in the future rather than automatically throwing everything into the laundry bin. And I should also say that there are settings that require less than 2 1/2 hours on the washing machine---I can do a load of synthetics in a little over an hour and a half.

Linsey Smith

The house looks great! I love hearing all about your adventures. The kids look so happy, I'm thrilled for you. Although we may not make our weekend trips to PA for quite some time, I feel more connected to you through this blog. Great job.
p.s. I wish I could stumble on a 50% off sale at Target. It looked like Sophie got a house for her Critters.:)


I make no accusations, mind, but it is hard to believe your house was laid out very much like that in 1910. It's lovely and open, but that's just the thing, isn't it? All those balconies and built-in closets, and an alcove for the refrigerator? I draw of course on my extensive knowledge of Australian domestic architecture which now, thanks to this post, extends to precisely one house. I really like it.


Points well taken, brother. For my part, I am happy with the modernization, especially the built ins and the kitchen. The open family room was clearly added recently. All of the other rooms have doors to close them off, quite useful with a houseful of noisy children. You can tell Stephen Maturin that the birds in the earlier post are pied cormorants, very common along the coast in this region.

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