Tenterfield and The White Cottage

Some towns you drive through, and never spare a thought for them again. Or perhaps just a bland deja vu when next passing through. 

Others, they stick in your mind... and I often find myself fantasising about living in these towns.

Dreaming about which house I would buy and what I could do with the garden - where could I put my chickens and veggie garden?

Sometimes, I think about what I would do for work there.. "maybe even open a shop?" I dream to myself as I walk the main street - It needs to have a beautiful frontage, perhaps even with terrazzo tiles?

I think about what coffee shops would be my favourite and what I might bake for the CWA meeting there...

It had been a long time since I visited Tenterfield, I was only teenager I believe. However there was always something in the back of my mind to visit once again.  

Mum and I had planned to visit the Southern Downs region and stay with our friends in Ballandean late November. Seeing as Tenterfield was only 30 minutes just over the border, we decided we would visit for the afternoon.

Conveniently only a week or two before, I came across a shop named The White Cottage on instagram, and knew we had to visit. 

Upon arrival, it seemed we had stepped across the world into an english cottage garden. We could even hear a blackbird singing. Mandy's shop and nursery, is filled with terracotta pots and plants, as well as a gorgeous selection of vintage and antique furniture and decor. 

There is not much else I can say apart from that we were awestruck and wandered around the garden in some sort of dazed dreamland - and I made a mad dash back to the car for my camera...

Her shop is at 197 East Street, Tenterfield - off the Bruxner Highway. Her shop is also in a beautiful article written and photographed by Annabelle Hickson in this month's Country Style Magazine.

 

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Glengallan Homestead

The story of Glengallan is a sad one, and one I think, that happens far too often in the country and city. 

As a brief history the home began construction in 1867, and the grand plans of the home begun execution, however the family who owned the property quickly lost all their money, due to the building, as well as other factors such as drought in the area, and the property was sold on. 

 
In the late 1940's the property came into the ownership of the Anglican church and it was left to ruin for 60 years.

Conservation work has been carried out over the last 20 years, funded by Queensland Government. From the outside the building looks as it is has been restored all its former glory. 

However on the inside, the walls and ceilings still tell of the time it was left in abandonment.