An Old House in the Mountains.

It’s strange when you move to a new house and a new location, especially when the house is an old one and isolated – the sounds are different and particularly noticeable at night, all so unfamiliar – creaking for the most part, but strange sounds too – was that a thud, a crash, a door opening?

It’s weird, the first night, the first day, the first week. I’m on my own because my husband is back at our last house and still working in the city, so I need to deal with things alone (some things won’t wait until his next visit).

This house had been empty for months before I came here, and the garden (I’m told) has not been looked after for years. That would be why the wildlife crept in close and snug – foxes that live in the hedgerows and hunt or hide in our garden. There’s snakes too, the dangerous, deadly kind, so no, I won’t be picking them up for photographs – I’ve seen two of them right by the front door.

There are other creatures as well, rats and mice and birds and possums, under the house or in the ceiling. I had bees move into the chimney, and thus into the kitchen. One night one of the cats caught a bat and left it for me by my office door. That’s right, a bat got inside during the night.

So… I guess as I have nothing prepared on the Wonder and Joy of Writing, I can spend a few posts on what it’s like moving into an old house in the country. Let the adventures begin…


This is the intro. No one wants a long post, so I’ll break it up over the coming days. Keep smiling, folks, it’s what makes the world go round.

Cheers! 😀


6 thoughts on “An Old House in the Mountains.

  1. Marie

    Wow. Allyson.. I loved living in the country, but that is way too much country for me.. We had critters and snakes, but even though the snakes weren’t deadly, I was terrified of them. The other stuff didn’t bother me much. I live in a big city now, but am still a country girl at heart.
    Good Luck.. Stay safe!

    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      Hi Marie – Thank you! Yes, I watch where I put my feet and have taken steps to make things safe around here, which is all part of the adventures. 😀 I agree with you, I think once the country is in your blood, its there pretty much to stay. Cheers to you!

  2. Fredrik Kayser

    I grew up in a house like that, and have lived in a few since. I’ve found that old houses have a kind of spirit of their own, it’s as if though the memories made by the people who’ve lived in them before somehow seep into the walls. Some old houses have such good energies. 🙂

    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      Hi Fredrik – Excellent observation and I totally agree! I love old houses and this, although small, certainly has character. I love it here. Cheers to you. 😀


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