The wondering cottage...

Passing this house a few times a year, my heart always melts.

Wondering who lived there.

What did it look like years ago?

Who owns it now?

This time I could NOT help myself.

I had to stop.

I didn't see any "no trespassing" signs and was feeling a bit brave.

So not my norm.

If you know me...

I am no rule breaker nor am I ever brave!

But something about this house just had a hold on me.

It made me feel sad and giddy all at the same time.

I wanted to slip wheels under her and drag her home.

As my courage started to build, I stepped closer.

Only to find hidden treasures everywhere!!!

Did the owners know just what a treasure trove this sweet pile of rubble was?

Can you spot a few?

The table just jumped right at me.

then when you look closer there is another table painted in the sweetest chippy blue.

Do you see it?

Oh have mercy!!

Do you see the old bird cage stand?

I have one just like it.

Paid way too much for it too.

Peeping inside the windows, this cottage was like the sunken Titanic,

old dishes to die for and old furniture that just begged for attention.


I took a deep breath and let it go.

I walked away almost as if I were at a puppy pound with a thousand sad puppy eyes searing my heart.

I walked away.

Hoping one day, that someone would love it as much as me.

xoxo Susie


  1. I would have tried to get in!

  2. I think you need to find the owners, make and offer and bring it back to life.

  3. or at least rescue the treasures inside. Can you look up property tax records? I would, you never know, they might be happy to offload some of it.

  4. I am the same way about an old abandoned house. I wonder about who lived there and what they were like. I know just what you mean.

  5. You have to locate the owner. You just have to. Imagine what you could do to the place!

  6. Oh Susan!! I can so relate. When we lived in another town there was one just like this. Abandoned... left as if the people just walked away one night and never came back. I peeked in and almost wept!!! Like this one, treasures abound.
    I hope someone comes and save it and all it's treasures.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Gee

  7. Oh my gosh!!! My heart breaks too!! I also say try to contact them, they are probably willing todo something! I myself need a chippy blue table to find! So bittersweet.

  8. OH, I love old houses like that and I always want to go in and see what it is really like. Such fabulous treasure outside. Great pictures. I can always imagine a family and children running around the yard, and grandma sitting on the porch in her rocker. Hugs, marty

  9. AnonymousJuly 14, 2013

    Those are the best ones! I also agree that you should try to contact the owners, even if they aren't willing to sell the property (or ya'll are unable to buy), they might be willing to let you take some stuff off of their hands. I vote to save the blue chippy table! And anything sweet and precious inside :)

  10. Oh my goodness, I would have to at least try to rescue some of the treasures. Such a cute little house.

  11. Those doors are to die for! Try to find the owner asap. So many times these old houses are bull dozed down. What a loss that would be.

  12. Oh what a shame . . . you can easily tell that it was a diamond at one time :)

  13. I have a bittersweet feeling for homes like that! I love them and hate when people just let them rot away. I always say that I will never hold onto my father's farm house if I don't plan on living there or using it often because I know that someone will love it just as much as we have. It's so sad to just see someone just let something so beautiful go to waste. I would check the tax assessor's records to see who owns it and make them an offer.

  14. I am so drawn to homes like that ... and have wandered INTO several on occasion. I'm always surprised at how it appears someone just walked away.

    PS - remember the "Love is all you need" sign that you made two Christmasses ago? I'm marrying that man on Saturday!

  15. There is an old home near us that we occasionally check out. It's so beautiful but this last winter a tree fell on part of it. Someone made a half hearted attempt at putting plastic up over the holes, but I know that it will never be restored and it makes me so terribly sad. It has no furniture, but is part of a larger homestead... there is a milking barn and a shed complete with an antique plow inside. How did it get so run down? We may never know.

  16. I agree with everyone saying to check the tax assessor's office. You never know! I love wondering about old houses like that...who lived there, what was their life like, etc. I'm a history junkie! :)

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  18. why not try to inform you who owns that house? ask the neighbors, ask in the village. ask for. and maybe put a letter with phone number in the mailbox of the house. maybe someone occasionally switch to retrieve mail. explains how you would treat with care those little treasures abandoned. :) Groped does not harm

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