Monday, November 25th, 2013
I haven’t been on the computer for what feels like weeks… I literally dusted plaster dust off the Mac and the keyboard to write this. We’ve been living in one room out the back of our house and sleeping on mattresses while the new walls go up. Despite the temporary wall in the hallway, the plaster dust has been significant..
The plasterers found some interesting items hidden in our home though last week. Four old shoes the same size, but all different, up in the eaves – they are around 70 years old. Three of them look like they were handmade with the maker’s stamp underneath, and the soles hand stitched and nailed. Apparently people hid shoes in the roofs and walls of their houses to ward off evil spirits (this was common in the UK, and somewhat here in Australia around the turn of the century). I can only assume that the first lady of the house was a little superstitious!
Fitting in the palm of my hand, this tiny photo was found wedged behind the fireplace mantle and the old plaster in the third bedroom, indicating it had been put there during or soon after the house was built. We contacted one of the original occupants of the house (one of the six children, now in his late eighties) and he said it’s probably a photo of him as he loved cricket.
Renovating can be tiring but exciting, and made even better finding little snippets of history like this about our home.