Thursday, July 30, 2009

Raindrops on la la....these are a few of my favourite things..

Just as I have never been too sure of where to start with this house, I'm also not sure where to start to tell you all of our interesting finds.
Perhaps the best starting point, is to show you som of my favourite things.
At the top of the list is the pink lamp. I first saw it when Mr Baby showed us through the house. It was sitting on a pink meat safe out in the sleepout.
The sleepout used to be Mr Baby's room as a boy, and he would do his homework by it at night. I can only assume, it has been in that room for nearly 80 years.
On a couple of occasions, Mr Baby visited the house before we moved in. Once he took his son, so his son could have a quick look and take anything as a momento. I was sure the pink lamp would be gone by the time we got the keys.
But, thank goodness, there she was.
While going through the old sideboard on the first day, my mother in law also found this beautiful ta da da - can't
remember for the life of me what it's called.
It's a silver stand with glass containers for mustard, relish, etc. It's still in this condition, Í haven't cleaned it up yet, but it's definitely a keeper.
Once spruced up, whenever that will be, it will sit forever on our table during special occasions. I can't wait.

This beautiful teapot is silver with a bone knob on top and it's very old we think.

Does anyone know anything about it?

I am planning on taking it to S Cook & Sons (?) the local silversmiths, and hopefully they will be able to tell me a little about it.

There is quite a bit of silver, and I know very little about it. I couldn't possibly sort the good stuff from the rest.

At one stage, possibly for their 21st birthdays (?), I think Gwennie and Doris received Mikimoto pearls. Maybe they lashed out and bought them for themselves?
The necklaces are very dainty, something I imagine would have been suitable for young ladies of the day.


  1. Your blog is so magical!! I wait for each installment to see what you've discovered! I've always dreamed of finding a house that was filled with treasures! You guys are living a wonderful dream! You mentioned that you may sell a few things on Ebay...what is your seller id? I'd love to see what you put up there :)
    Can't wait to read more of your adventure's as the new owners of Euphemia!

  2. Hi Julie! so glad you got that lovely old house xx I can't wait to see what you do to it! Taryn x

  3. Hey Julie. Saw you in the Courier Mail today. Love your blog and your descriptions of everything! Christine (Poole) xo

  4. Wow, how incredible to find such a house. I'm looking forward to seeing it grow and change as you amalgamate it with it's original items and charm.

    I'm also new to blogging and after reading your article in the Courier Mail was excited to see you had one too.


  5. PS would love to put a link and image from your site on my blog if you are happy with that :)

  6. Julie, the silver stand with glass containers is called a cruet set. My mother has one that I remember from when I was growing up.


  7. Hi Julie
    Let me know when you start the ebay stuff. Really!
    Michelle Grayson

  8. What a magical story. I bet the whole of Qld is green with envy. Thanks for letting us all share you adventure. M

  9. Hi Julie,
    I (and many others it seems) saw your article in the Courier Mail today. I am blown away by your story! It must be amazing to wake up each day and find something new. I bet you have a lot of hard work ahead of you though! My aunt and uncle had a beautiful old qld'er in Red Hill that they did up - lots of work!
    Good luck, thanks for sharing!

  10. Hi Julie,

    What a hoot, love your almost unbelievable story. I am sure you will have many more exciting tales to tell and be the envy of thousands myself being one. Lots of memorable fun times ahead for you and full of surprises no doubt. Thanks for sharing.


    Joanie Foster

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  12. We read the article in the Courier Mail on Saturday, and now your blog. What an amazing and magical journey you are having. Lucky ducks !!
    It looks like you could almost do an entire episode of Antiques Roadshow at your house. LOL. Yes, in fact, you could combine the Time Team with the Antiques Roadshow (and call it the "Antiques Time Team" ?) and have people carefully "excavating" stuff and then conveyor belting it straight to the experts for identification and valuation.
    Make sure you look inside every old tin and jar - people of that era often hid money in them. (Recall the slippers !!)
    We would love to be there helping. What an adventure !! Or, better yet, would love to be doing the same. If you hear of any other houses full of 80+ years of history, please let me know - LOL !! ;)
    I lived in Heussler Tce, Red Hill for a while back in the mid-1980's - and I know Red Hill is a terrific place to live.
    I do feel bad for Mr Baby and his family though. Having all of their former possessions scavenged, scruitinised, and at least some sold. Yes, I know you got it all fair and square. And, I read Emma's (Mr Baby's granddaughter) kind and supportive comments in another section. However, I do hope you can do something for Mr Baby and his family. Make it a Win Win situation for everyone. Then you can really enjoy it.

    Kinka Palms Motel
    Yeppoon, Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland

  13. Hi read the article in the Courier Mail and now am subscribed to your blog. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. Would love the ebay link so can have the opportunity to bid on items. But if you find yourself more and more time poor call me on 0431041023 as I have a business selling other people's stuff on ebay.