This weekend I moved. From Fish Hoek to Lakeside.
There are many good things about this move but clearing a space that you loved is never without its heart wrenching moments. Even with blank walls and empty floor there are features of this old house and of my space that I wish I could take, but cannot.
This is the lock on the interleading door between the two rooms. The doors were once painted (as was the trend many years ago). Stripped, this beautiful lock revealed a stamp: ‘Manufactures Beddow & Sturvey, Original No 60′. Click on the image to zoom in.
This door and lock has not yet been stripped.
The house has 3 beautiful free standing cupboards. The one I had in my space is either from Art Nouveau times or inspired by it. There used to be a toggle to open the cupboard door but they got lost and I made a poor improvisation by sliding a key ring onto them. It worked but does not add to the aesthetics.
I love the curves of the window handles. As you can see, the windows too have been painted several times, once blue like all beach houses and now white.
This is the latch of the top window. It does not work very well anymore as the clip has come loose and is held with one screw. But it is these niggly things that make this house special and treasured for its age and memories.