Watching: The Block (reality tv..again)
Listening to: My bubbling home brew
Making me Smile: My daughter turning 4 (gone so quick!)
As a writer I think it’s normal to play the ‘what if’ game. Have you ever walked past an old, run down or abandoned house and wondered who lived there, what happened to the family to allow their ‘home’ to get that way?
I don’t write historical fiction, but something like this really stirs my interest and I really want to know the history attached.
There is a really old house (pictured) just visible through the trees alongside a road where my daughters and I go horse riding. It’s ramshackle with the walls crumbling down, a sink at the back and an old sofa turned on its side on what’s left of the floorboards. There’s a tiny, twisted looking old iron tank, and a little bit of garden along its front near the track of a driveway.
All this begs the question: who built the house in what would have been quite some way out of town once-upon-a-time? What family lived and (hopefully) loved in this house, and who made it their home?
Right away I imagined it being the home to gold prospectors, one of many people who flocked to the area wanting to make it rich. I also imagined ghosts even now hanging around the house (I don’t suppose I write paranormals without reason!), clinging to their memories.
What do you think when seeing the picture?
Have you too seen a house/place that stirs your interest?