After a month of paperwork, extended meetings at the bank, and very little negotiation, we moved into our very own cottage. Built in the early 1890s, it’s retained many of the original features that I love so much about the remaining Victorian structures in Dunedin: the gingerbread wrought iron, unusual glass detailing, and fireplaces. Bonus feature: our cottage’s basement is wall papered in original sheets of newspaper from 1892. Being a pre-20th century property makes it an archeological site, given the possibility that objects could be buried in the ground beneath the house. The entire process has been an eye-opening experience leading us both to declare that we are never, ever, ever selling our new home. Now that I have a job and we have a home, Dunedin feels homier by the day.
Welcome to our as-of-yet undecorated cottage, complete with boxes and packing paper.