Among the collection of farm buildings, is a beautiful limestone structure which was built around the same time as the homestead in 1849 using stone from the property. We have always called this building The Old Stables.
After a major restoration effort by skilled local craftsmen, Bahru now has a beautiful home in this old building.
History repeats as we now live in my Grandparents old cottage, which we are currently renovating to make a larger kitchen and a new roof which doesn't leak! Our kids run barefoot between our place and my parents place and climb the same trees and explore the same places I did when I was their age.
During the restoration of the stone work some huge cracks were repaired and I now think of them like scars healing a wound on a human body.
The old jarrah floorboards were retained, we only needed a few to replace some that were rotten.
Occasionally we have other 'visitors' from the reptile family. They are mostly the harmless and beautiful carpet pythons.
This adjoins the middle room via a huge wooden door to my husband's office. This has a beautiful flagstone floor - each of these heavy stones had to removed for restoration, laid out in exactly the right spot for cleaning then put back in the same spot!
At the other end we have created a bedroom for when friends come to stay.