111 years old

October 12, 2011

The house I live in is 111 years old.
In the town I grew up there were hardly no houses as old as that, the town burned twice.
The windows here are 111 years old, the doors are 111 years old, the heating system is 111 years old. This apartment has been here during two world wars. I have only been here for 9 months. The eggs have been here for a few days.

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  • Reply Samantha October 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Imagine all the people who must've lived there, and what changes the world went through just outside. Exciting to live in history like that! Glad you didn't find the eggs in your wall. 😉

  • Reply Anna @ D16 October 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    There is a feeling I get when I think about my house and all of its parts being 125 years old that I can really only describe as being a comfort that comes from stability and endurance.

  • Reply mette / ungt blod October 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    those amazingly tall doors! love every 111 years of them -Im guessing our building is probably a little under 100

  • Reply mer // galletasdeante October 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    This sounds lovely… congrats, you have a very beautiful house with a lot of stories, like our grandparents 🙂

  • Reply this is a documentation, maybe. October 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    lovely words!

  • Reply Karin October 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    My house is only 80 years old, and it used to be a retirement home. I hope there's ghosts here.

  • Reply gluten free gift October 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love the way the wallpaper looks with the white paint on top and the pattern poking through.

  • Reply the blue rabbit house October 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    It must be incredible to think about all the stories and secrets that the building holds. I just love old building and their histories.

  • Reply jana October 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    i like that thought. the house i live in is 106 years old. and the floors are too, and many of the windows. i sometimes think about how they build now. those buildings won't last that long i'm afraid…

  • Reply niclas October 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    grymt sammanfattat

  • Reply Julie Lapointe - La Datcha October 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    If these walls could talk!

  • Reply Emma October 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I truly love this post.
    I used to live in a place like yours when I lived in Berlin and I miss it all the time.

  • Reply Ana October 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    111 years is a lot. My granny is 96, she's also been around for two world wars (and, curiously, I often say that about her). Random thoughts. Beautiful place x

  • Reply Cassie October 13, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Love this post. 🙂

  • Reply ziazia October 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

    wow…. my city is just a little bit older than the house you live in.

  • Reply Joy October 13, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Incredible how time flies.

  • Reply nina corvallo October 13, 2011 at 4:31 am

    beautiful post. the building I live in is a little younger than yours: 103 years 🙂

  • Reply Anna October 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Wow!!is wonderful taht things endure through time and many people can enjoy! enjoy your home!!

  • Reply e-sidora October 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

    The city I live in is more than 800 years old. I love such buildings with history which are still in good shape. Isn't it great to watch through those windows? 🙂

  • Reply Liz October 13, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Like you I grew up in a town without many old things still standing (Sydney – anything that survived old age was ripped down by property developers in the 60s and 70s) and living in Berlin now the number of beautiful old buildings blows my mind.
    Hopefully beautiful old buildings like yours will make it through the next few decades and the collective urge to give everything clean crisp lines, aluminium windows and a new coat of plaster.
    Thanks for your blog x

  • Reply Lisa October 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Wow, I think is fascinating: your house have "seen" so many things of Berlin history… I like this kind of thoughts, a lot 🙂

  • Reply Inês Batista October 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Every time I go for a walk in Lisbon, I look at all the old buildings, some in great condition and others completely abandoned, and I start wondering how many lives their walls have witnessed, how many stories they could tell if they spoke. They're like old trees with deep roots, and there's such a big sense of security in that.

  • Reply nataliapatalia October 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures! So inspiring!

  • Reply lisen October 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    häftigt!! vackert!

  • Reply Jazzy E (hivenn) October 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    So stunning. x hivenn

  • Reply Amanda October 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I really enjoyed this post!

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  • Reply Anaïs October 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    We just moved in a very old lady, may be more than 150 years for the bones , but she had some plastic surgery in the 20's and the 40's! And I often think to these people who have been sitting in the same kitchen, sleeping in the room where I am working…
    The wood work on the doors are especially beautiful in your house.

  • Reply Carolin October 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Love the last two pictures! 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth. October 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

    My house, in Hobart, Tasmania, is 160 years old. It rattles and shakes in the wind, and the staircase is narrow and tall people hit their heads as they go down it. Since we are both 1850s sized, it suits us just fine! It's a tiny worker's cottage and it amazes me to think that a whole family would have lived here once.

  • Reply Kathryn October 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Our house is also 111 years old, is in Northern France and has also seen two world wars. When we bought it two years ago it had been abandoned for 20 years, there were plants growing in the most incredible places. After living in the house for a month, a man came to visit. He was the grandson of the people that had built it and operated it as a cafe. He was born right here on this very spot. The stories of this old house are glorious … thanks so much for sharing yours!

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