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The Farm [Apr. 5th, 2018|10:19 am]
Tony Grist

Someone asked me the other day if I'd ever posted a picture of the farm and I said I didn't think I had- but perhaps I would.

I've been waiting for the light- and this morning- it arrived: a beautiful spring morning- and here's the farm looking its best. If you could get close to the daffodils you'd see they were in their last phase- beginning to turn papery- but at this distance as bright as ever. My parents planted them- over many seasons- in a circle round a cherry tree.

The house was built- we think- round about 1820. It has been added to and messed about with- and what we're seeing now is not what its first tenants saw. It was originally at the heart of a real working farm and the garden would almost certainly have been farmyard- with mud and chickens. Dig down anywhere around the house and you hit the rubble of demolished outbuildings and great chunks of rusting metal that were once bits of ploughs and tractors.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-04-05 10:05 am (UTC)

I often wondered what it looked like and it...and the surroundings...are lovely. What a beautiful day!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-05 11:32 am (UTC)
My parents did a grand job. When they first bought the house it was just a boxy cottage in a field. The garden is almost entirely their creation.
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[User Picture]From: suemars
2018-04-05 10:11 am (UTC)
It’s so beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-05 11:34 am (UTC)

I've rather resisted the beauty for historic reasons (it's my parents' place not mine) but I'm coming round.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-04-05 11:12 am (UTC)
a nice picture, and now I can 'see' where you live when I read your messages. We have snow this morning, about 2 inches...with more on the way so I won't send you any pictures of where I am.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-05 11:35 am (UTC)
Britain had snow over the Easter weekend- but we dodged it- as we so often do. This is the first sunny spring day for quite a while.
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From: ambezi
2018-04-05 11:57 am (UTC)
Looks to have been a semi, two houses built as a mirror of each other. Probably not the original farmhouse although that might have been fairly close by. Maybe the old farmhouse was demolished, say early to mid 1900's and this building rebuilt as one dwelling. Looks idyllic but maybe a minefield by modern-ish standards. An interesting research project if you haven't already done that. Tithe maps?
As you say, a beautiful day, I'm about 40 miles(?) away in Chatham.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-04-05 12:53 pm (UTC)
It does look like it could have been a semi- but appearances are deceptive. The left hand part is original. The right hand part is 20th century, designed to mirror the other half. As for the twin porches- they are both- I think- additions to the original structure.

All that's left of the original farmhouse are the outside walls- some of which- because of the additions- are now inside walls.

It's not a convenient house. For one thing the floor level of the old house is about six inches higher than that of the later rooms.

We were in Chatham about six months ago- just passing through.....
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-04-05 08:35 pm (UTC)
It's glorious!
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-04-05 10:50 pm (UTC)
It's lovely and very bucolic.
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