I mentioned earlier we are in the process of renovating our Georgian home. The house was left to get into a shocking state of disrepair before we bought it, but given that there are so many original features, I don't mind. For the most part we have to clear out and clean up before we can repair things like the plumbing. There is literally a century of dirt under the floor boards. As we fix and repair we do occasionally find bits and pieces. Usually just rusty nails and cobwebs but there have been a few Eureka moments, though I have to admit, the things I find intriguing would probably be discarded by other renovators.
I wonder if that is where Cynthia's desk was, against that wall where I found the stamp. I've wondered about Cynthia as well. She and her family did live in the house in the 1930's and did a little renovating in their own style which was Art Deco. Bakelite doorknobs and geometric mirrors still exists upstairs and there was a bit of wallpaper in the hall that could only have been from that era.
Other, earlier residents have left little bits of themselves behind as well. Including someone who left a secret stash of bottles and cigarettes in a cubby hole under the stairs. I have done some research to acquaint myself with the former residents. Old census forms and because our house was once the rectory for the local church, a long list of vicars and their families. I'm curious about them all. I'd love to know who Colleen was. I found her name written boldly on my bedroom wall when I took some of the wall paper down. And in another room, the scent of perfume came wafting by when wallpaper was removed. Little glimpses of previous tenants light up my imagination.
I think I will write a letter and tuck it somewhere out of the way for someone to discover in another time. I like the idea of leaving a little bit of myself to meet the future. I wonder what the person who finds it will think when they find my missive? Have you ever done anything like that? Left a note, carved your name on a tree, made a time capsule for the future to tell of your existence?