I set off on an adventure over the weekend reader, I took myself off to an early settler’s home and farm at Rouse Hill. One of the disputed sites of the battle between convicts and redcoats in 1804 rebellion named the Vinegar Hill Uprising. The are a few places that claim ownership of the infamous battle site.
Rouse Hill House and Farm is a Historical House Trust property and the tour guides are wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable. I went on two tours of the house and gardens. There was so much to see and take in reader. I was interested to see the layout of the garden designed to keep the distasteful workings of the farm at out of sight and therefore, out of mind.
The house and garden are typically Georgian in design and layout, and has given me lots of ideas reader. I am about to draw up plans for Shelby House and plan to include a Pleasure Garden. There’s lots of work to do, and I’ll be busy with designing and scribbling, sketching and painting. These plans and pictures are important reader, for I need to visualise everything. Imagine if I were to have Maddy enter one door on the right, then forget and send her out the door described at the end of the room. You can see the potential for disaster here reader, so I will wile away a lazy day of drawing and keeping the kitten off my keyboard and out of the pencils.
I promise to show you the pictures when I have done them, but meanwhile I will post some photos I took at Rouse Hill House and Farm.
The front of Rouse Hill House, crumbling paint and surrounded by symmetrical gardens and huge trees.
The Georgians loved their symmetry reader and so had false doors and windows to complete the balanced appearance of both exterior and interior.
The servants wing wasn’t graced with shutters on the windows to keep the heat out.
This isn’t a very good photo, but the stables do have shuttered windows and fantastic drainage. In fact, much better conditions than the poor house servants.
The bath house, a 20 metre dash from the house.
The summer house, with a reservoir beneath to collect the water from the brick drains in the gardens. This served as a cooling system on a hot summer evening. Family discussions were often held here in the summer house, as it was the only place the family could talk without servants being in earshot.
A wisteria arbour ran off each side of the path leading to the summer house.
The tall hammer head style tree is a Bunya Nut Pine and was used in the early days as landmarks to show where a homestead was. I had often wondered why the old homes and farms had either these tall pines or else a tall palm tree near the house. Well reader, now I know. To stand out above the Australian scrub and mark the location of civilisation.
An old gate. Just because it’s beautiful. I hope you have enjoyed sharing my ramble around this beautiful old home. I can only recommend you take time to view it for yourself if you are ever in the area.