Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Can't Go Home Again

Today I stopped by the acreage where I spent 13 years of my life growing up. It had previously been my Grandparents home, which my parents bought and raised my sister and I there. It's been almost 10 years since I moved away and the farm was sold, but I drive past it every day I go to work. So today I decided to pop in and see what the farm had become. To say I was beyond shocked is an understatement. When we lived there it was a beautiful and great place to grow up. Dad did a lot of work to fix up the old place and it was a home to take a lot of pride in, so what I saw today devastated me beyond description. I could almost hear the old place say "Help me" as I stood there.

My parents bought this home over 20 years ago. This used to be our yard. 

20 years ago this was a brand new house.

This was my house after I graduated from high school.   It used to be a trailer addition that belonged to my Grandparents Lockhart, which my Dad converted into a guest house, which I converted into my own house. I lived in my house for 4 years. Then I moved to Barrhead after the farm was sold. 

The old barn and tool shed. 

The siding on the house is falling off and you can actually see the mould. 

Again my 'old house'. 

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The old bus shed. 

After visiting the old place I tweeted the experience:

  • Devastated beyond words. Stopped by the acreage I grew up at to find it literally in ruins. I was in such complete shock I couldn't cry. 

And some good friends left some comments: 

  • Karen McKort That's so sad, that was such a beautiful spot when you guys lived there. Do you know who owns it now?
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  • Chris Lockhart Not a clue. It looks abandoned
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  • Elaine Lockhart-Shwaga Where is this at Chris?
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  • Chris Lockhart The farm
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  • Elaine Lockhart-Shwaga Oh no... Sad
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  • Lacey Dawn Hook You should ask Becky Lehman , she may know I think she was the last one living there.. So sorry to hear
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  • Krissy Lamha so sad  sorry chris!
  • Jessica Kettula So sad to hear  ........
  • Chris Lockhart It really is sad. It was a beautiful place, and now it looks like a place from 'The Walking Dead'. There was literally mould growing on the side of my Mom & Dad's old home. Seems like yesterday it was brand new. It was a very devastating stop to make today.
  • Darlene Patricia Slepanki Yes it was a meticulous place when your mom and dad owned it ..... That is for sure !!! 
    5 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1

  • Some times you can't go home again. Hopefully one day I'll win the lotto, buy this place back again and restore it to it's original beauty. Just wished I had some digital prints to share from when I lived there, but I didn't have a digital camera back then. Thankfully I have a lot of print photos from my time there. Guess it will always be the home I love in my heart. 


    Anonymous said...

    Very sad indeed, I have wonderful memories of time I spent there with your mom and dad and you and Brianna, happy times for all. These memories will always remain in my heart
    Aunty Lori

    Evan said...

    Man that sucks. I moved a lot as a kid and every single place save one has been demolished.