Saturday, January 09, 2016

The Old Homestead

Here are a few pictures I missed in my original post.  These pictures are either from when we first moved in or shortly after.  There is a lot to be done to our home.  A blue roof is not something we desire and the siding is on the orange side.  As a temporary fix, hubby and I are hoping to at least stain the siding a darker colour as it should go better with the blue roof.  It's a steel roof (or maybe aluminum) so we're not sure if we can paint it or not or whether that would just be too costly or difficult, etc.  Does anyone have any experiences or knowledge they could share on this?  I would love to hear your comments.

We were also able to get a portion of the gardens redesigned this past summer and hope to continue with this project this year.  

YIKES!!!!!  This is what the side garden looked like in the Spring after being neglected for a while.  I knew I was going to tear it out and start over so I had to try not look at the mess, it was quite embarrassing.  I had just started to tear the railway ties out when I took this photo.

This is what the garden looked like after it had been redesigned.  The plants actually filled out more before Autumn hit, I'm looking forward to seeing their next season of growth.  Some of the perennials were transplanted from other areas on the property while some were new purchases.  I'm sure I will be tweaking it more this year but I'm happy with the progress so far.

Please ignore the hose, it seems to be a permanent fixture in the garden lol!!

I just love barns.  We're hoping to get more work completed on the inside of it this year.  I will post a future blog on this, the inside will not be what you are expecting.  Stay tuned for that.


  1. Your place is darling, Aunt Kelly! Next time we are in Canada I will look forward to seeing it in person :) What a joy to have such a place and I am so glad you're fulfilling your dream.

    Happy weekend! Hugs!

  2. Thank you Stephanie, we can't wait to have you visit. Have a great weekend.

  3. What a darling place! I think metal roofs can be painted, but not sure how well the paint holds up. I love barns and yours is fabulous! I hopped over from Stephanies. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  4. Wow! Your homestead is amazing, Kelly! I will look forward to reading about the progress of your very own Extreme Makeover: Country Home Edition.

    Is your barn filled with teacups?!?

  5. What a lovely place to live,Kelly! I love old barns. You are so blessed!

  6. Hi Kelly~~ Lovely pictures of your home and your garden looks terrific!
    I was telling Randy that you wanted to paint your metal roof and asked if he knew if it was possible. He thinks you should be able to paint it since it has been painted to begin with. You just need to know how and what to use. He said Google it. :-)
    Have a great day!

  7. You have done a lovely job with your gardens, so nice you were able to get some of your plants right there from the property. Have fun transforming it just the way you want it :)

  8. What an Awesome property you have! I am looking forward to your transformation. Have fun and thanks for sharing the before pictures :)

  9. Oh I love your cozy place!!!!!! You are so lucky to live there, gardens are beautiful too. Blessings Francine.

  10. What a charming farmhouse and that barn is amazing! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by Little Farmstead! ~julie

  11. Such a gorgeous place...From the pics it is hard to believe that there is a lot to be done to your home. ;-)))