On Friday I drove south to the Catlins with a friend to stay in a crib (southern dialect for holiday house) which my father bought a few months ago.
The former owner has recently died, and Dad remembers visiting the crib when they were both children, and it was owned by her grandparents.
It is across the road from a crib my grandparents owned, and another one my parents owned.
He bought it with all the contents intact, and it's an eclectic mixture of eras from the Victorian to the 70s.
The garden's a bit overgrown, but we didn't have time to try and tame it.
Note the huge cabbage tree on the left.
Here's a close up.
I bet it's cold in winter as there are few north-facing windows.
Views out to sea and the Nuggets.
A jardinière in the conservatory.
An art deco clock.
A bizarre grumpy vase.
A dachshund letter-holder.
Part of a lovely Masons china set and some not so lovely mugs.
A frog vase, a Crown Lynn vase, and some blue and white china.
Kitchen canisters and a hilarious tea caddy.
One of the bedrooms has a beautiful flower print and a silver rose.
Another bedroom with 70s curtain and duvet.
Some of the reading material : The poacher, Don't tempt the hangman, The big book of adventure stories, Chatterbox, Girls' crystal annual and White feather (Obligatory Blogger Deer alert!)
A girlie postcard from Tahiti and a card from Denmark.
There are candles everywhere, so there must be lots of power cuts!
An African figurine and an Italian plate.
I didn't get a good photo of the dining suite, but it's a lovely round Danish type table with white vinyl chairs.
Victorian vases and a Fisher & Paykel speaker.
The record player works, and there is some classic vinyl, including Cream and The Kinks.
A shot (lol) of the cocktail cabinet and easy chair.
A typical crib library.
A barometer and a Japanese music box.
Binoculars, keys, and a lovely piece of Poole pottery which I'm hoping Dad will give me!
Midnight at the oasis.
Al fresco seating.
A lovely Greek lady on a vase, and an early clock radio.
Edmund Dulac's fairy-book.
The modern rake's progress by Rebecca West, with illustrations by David Low.
Fairy gold by Edith Kovar.
Pyrex and some of the china: Cornish ware, Ridgway and Crown Lynn.
More china: Royal Winton, whisky jugs etc. and a gorgeous tablecloth.
I love me some tablecloths.
Anodised pots on the rangette.
A lazy Susan full of condiments, with a tartan tray.
The aforementioned cocktail trolley.
Behind it is a print of the Nugget Point lighthouse.
I bet this house has seen some great parties.
Hand-crafted coat hangers.
The beach is a minute's walk away.
The park bench was a touching memorial.
It was a beautiful still warm morning.
A lone swimmer was braving the cool water, but not for long!
I was not disappointed with the crib, it was chocka block with vintage
It needs a bit of renovation, but has potential to be a cosy retreat.
You wake up to the sound of the sea, and bellbirds too.
I felt grateful that the former owners had decided to sell it complete with all the contents, as it's an insight into the typical Kiwi crib.