The charm of home

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She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Proverb 31:26-27

My husband and I live in a house which was originally built (and rebuilt about 150 years ago) by Captain John Merritt, of the American Revolutionary War, who was in the Marblehead regiment with General Glover.
We live in the apartment on the second floor and my mum, who is elderly, lives in the apartment on the first floor. In this way she’s not alone if she needs something.

In old houses, the rooms are rather small and usually have quite a bit of character..

You work with what you have or you tear the whole thing apart and start from scratch but that is far from the ideal because it ruins the history and the charm of the house.
Old house living isn’t for every one.

The street that I live on is very short and narrow. It’s part of the original village and it’s lined on either side by houses which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. There are no front yards and not very many sidewalks. Merritt street is one way and there is just enough room for one car to drive on. It sort of curves and twists and loops, from Front street on the harbour all the way around to drop one back out onto Front street by Fort Sewall.
It takes 2 or 3 minutes to meander from one side to the other.
It is a beautiful walk with antique homes and tiny, old fashioned gardens
popping out from where ever they will fit.

I often think of Captain Merritt’s wife Elizabeth while I’m working in my kitchen.
In the morning I sit at the kitchen table with an open bible and say my prayers.
I think of what her favourite verses might have been and how she must have prayed while her husband was off fighting in the revolutionary war.

Many years later...hundreds of years later...Maybe in the 1920s, a different housewife had this china cabinet put in the kitchen. When we moved in I was disappointed. In my mum’s apartment there is a pantry closet and that is what I would have rather have had.
I am happy now that we have it though. It seems to be the perfect place for pitchers, antique glasses, old mixing bowls, and kitcheny/home/cook books which I seem to have an over abundance of.

Where ever your roads may take you
there is no place like the charm of home.

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  1. Your home sounds amazing! I know how it is to live in an old house, with very little space. But the character is so worth it! Nice to meet you over on my blog!

  2. Your flat sounds charming. We spent 18 months in a similar place after we sold our home of 30 years. The old house (over 125 years old) had been converted into six units. Charm oozed from our 1200 s/f flat. We now live in a 399 s/f tiny house. Great post.


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