Thursday, October 27, 2011



A forgotten orchard surrounds the house.  Trees heavy-laden with red, juicy apples that no one will taste…


The house sits stately…a once-resplendent Queen Anne Victorian, long-neglected, long-uninhabited…or is it?

image {early photograph of Redman House in all it’s former glory…}

Windows and walls, doors and passageways…all witnesses to those that have lived, loved—and died—here…

image  {interior views of front door and a window in the Redman House}

…they are all gone now…but perhaps, just perhaps, some remain…

image  {long-ago occupants of the Redman House}image

What goes on in a house when no one else is around to see?  Who goes through the halls where once he skipped and played? 


Who peers longingly through the high dormer window, wishing for a just a glimpse of the sea, or for one of those juicy, sweet apples…oh-so-close…that she cannot have?


Perhaps it was no one…perhaps, just perhaps, I only imagined it…


The story of the Redman House is a long and interesting one…someday I will tell you more…


…truth is often stranger than fiction, they say…and in this case, it is certainly true…

Sounds are heard…weeping in the night…doors opening and slamming on their own….mysteries unsolved remain… 


A little “haunted” project made this week with this well-known local landmark in mind…

DSC06575_edited-1 {fabulously haunted scene from Crafty Secrets’ “Halloween Greetings” Creative Scraps}

DSC06572_edited-1          DSC06569_edited-1 {duplicate Halloween revelers cut out & popped-up for some dimensional fun!}


…a light-hearted vintage look at a similar house from a similar time…


…where window and walls still remember those that have lived, loved—and died—long before…


…and red, juicy apples still hang from those long-forgotten trees…just longing to be tasted…


{My own photographs of the house and grounds are watermarked; others were found online}


  1. A perfect post for Halloween and a haunted house for real. I love the look of that old house sitting there going to ruin, it's a shame really.

  2. Spookily
    Julie! I have
    only had one
    haunted type
    in an historic
    row house in
    Now I'm a bit
    of a believer!
    xx Suzanne

  3. UHHH it looks realy haunted, that gorgeous house-will no one take care of it? what a pitty if it is falling to pieces.
    Love your- Fright Night- piece, Julie.

  4. I love this!! And I do believe in haunted houses!!


  5. how sad that this gorgeous old house has no one to love it and will probably be torn down, apple trees uprooted for a Mcmansion or big box type store.

  6. Oooh Julie, I just loved this post!... I totally believe in haunted houses, some that are totally harmless too yet spirits remain... I love the way you matched your story to your photos, and would love to visit the old house... I am sure many things still go on at night... I might even dare taste one of those apples... well, maybe... xoxo Julie Marie

  7. Oh WOW, Julie, this post is amaaaaazing!!! I love it!!

  8. If walls could talk....what stories they'd tell. It will be fun when to read the story when you get the time to share.

    Good Looking Halloween Cards!

  9. All old buildings have a story to tell, thanks for sharing this one!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  10. Scary story!!!!! But so interesting, can't wait to hear more!

  11. As usual you thrill with your words and your creations Julie! What a beautiful house that was once upon a time. What a shame it's fallen into such a state. Love and hugs from afar. xxoo

  12. Beautiful, beautiful house. What a shame no one will buy it and restore it.

    I love haunted houses - as long as I'm on the outside. :)

  13. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful post! I can't wait to hear the whole story. That house makes my heart ache... I so want to take it over, make it over, love it to life! And I'd keep the inhabitants, as long as they weren't nasty, LOL! Adorable scene you've created, too - love that Crafty Secrets scrap set!

  14. Wow!!Che storia affascinante, amo le vecchie
    case vittoriane,la loro storia, i suoi
    abitanti. Se poi ci sono delle presenze....Brrrr!!
    Un abbraccio
    Susy x

  15. I love what you have created. You are so talented. That has is eery but so sad that it is in decay. No hopes of anyone saving it?

  16. Uh-oh! I'm about to go to bed and now I have ghostly thoughts and images racing through my head. You are an amazing storyteller. Hope your day is great. Tammy

  17. What a wonderful post! I love this! Your Halloween creation is fantastic! Happy Haunting!!!!

  18. Wonderful post! I'd love to see and hear more about this house. And as always your artwork is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Did this post?

  19. Sorry, I had clicked 'post comment' and the page reloaded, but didn't post my comment. I clicked again and it worked fine. Spooks, perhaps?

  20. ok...that was kinda spooky...
    or perhaps NOT
    I love old houses and like you aften wonder about the people who lived in them
    their secrets
    I am not sure where I stand on "haunted houses" cause I don't believe they would be scarry things
    just those who left there
    checking things out

    hmmm......don't know.

  21. Oh that is the perfect Haunted looking House for Halloween. Every community has to have a haunted house, and there is one around here too. Lots of stories to tell! Why is it always an old creepy looking place? Love your posts and hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

  22. Love this today my friend...we have a few houses that would be considered haunted as well.
    I would love to see your pyrex collection my friend...mine is just a wee one but i hope it will grow...I asked for some pieces for Christmas if my daughters can find is very expensive up here.
    Hugs for a great weekend. xoxoxo

  23. Oh, what a neat old house. If only the walls could talk about the inhabitants.

    Love your frightly fun artwork. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, sweet friend.

  24. Jules...I'm not much of a blogger or reader of blogs lately (moving too often! haha!) but I came back to your site today to search for a recipe - because I used it before for Halloween and your recipes are the best! Anyway - it was fun to look over some of your older stuff...and all your great pics of your that lady. You are so talented and beautiful. Hope all is going well!

  25. I need to go google the house now...I adore old homes and I get so so sad to see them looking like that. Someone needs to give a little time, $ and TLC to that gorgeous place!