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What we found: A rundown farm

In the last post we described how it came to be that we made the crazy move from Observatory to this farm in the Swartland.

Today’s post deals with what we found when we arrived, and some of the immediate challenges that awaited us.

 

Settling into the house

First off we had to arrange ourselves in the dismal huge house with a few sticks of furniture from our Observatory home.  We did laugh – by the time we had distributed our meagre possessions, some rooms had no furniture at all.

 

Farmhouse

 

Farmhouse

 

Farmhouse Bathroom

 

Farmhouse Lounge Then

 

Farmhouse Lounge Today

 

But it was not just in the house that was run down – everywhere was broken down.

 

Old Cellar

 

Owl Cottage

 

Pavilion

 

De Perdestal

 

Endless Rubbish

Apart from dilapidated buildings, the farm was literally overflowing with decades of rubbish – including old washing machines in the mountain ravines. Even now we dig a hole somewhere and come upon rusted tins and old tyres.

So the first months were spent picking up and digging up rubbish and driving it to the dump. We took an incredible 200 tonnes of the stuff to the Malmesbury site in the first three months.  That’s a lot of rubbish.

 

Rubbish on Farm

 

Endless Rubbish

 

200 tonnes of the stuff