This Old House

People who aren’t local may not be aware of my undying love for the quirky, only-partially-insulated, saggy circa 1810 farmhouse in which we dwell.  Enjoying living in this house means preferring historical detail to modern convenience.  It entails getting your warmth from the sunshine filtering through wobbly old glass, but accepting that your bedroom will be in the 40s on the coldest mornings.  Here are some pictures:

The front of the house, which is oriented towards a now-defunct road.   Note the wood - it will fill the porch completely.
The front of the house, which is oriented towards a former road that is now just a vague path. Note the wood – it will fill the porch completely. It takes about 6 cords to heat the house all winter.
Our house, viewed from the road today
The back of our house, viewed from the road now.  The porch has quite a droop to it!
Harvest baskets hang in the kitchen.  The ceiling of the kitchen is the floor of the bedrooms - there is no gap in between.
Harvest baskets hang in the kitchen. The ceiling of the kitchen is the floor of the bedrooms – there is no gap in between.  Heat travels to the bedrooms through grates in the floor.  Anything a person says in one corner of the house can be heard anywhere – no secrets here!
Our landlords are slowly retrofitting and insulating.  Here is the gap between the modern insulated drywall and the old, uninsulated plaster wall.
Our landlords are slowly retrofitting and insulating. Here is the gap between the modern insulated drywall and the old, uninsulated plaster wall.
Our house has been refitted several times.  A cookstove clearly sat beneath this part of the current living room - The hand-hewn beams are dark and the light wood holds a patch over the old chimney hole.
Rooms in our house have been repurposed several times. A cookstove clearly sat beneath this part of the current living room – The hand-hewn beams are dark and the light wood holds a patch over the old chimney hole.
Our badass clawfoot tub which can no longer be scrubbed white.
Our badass clawfoot tub which can no longer be scrubbed white.