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author,female,Blomfield, Christiana Jane,22 addressee,family
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Clarke, 1992
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You will, I dare say, like to hear something of our farm, which is called Dagworth. It is a very pretty place. Our house stands on a hill from which we have a very extensive view. On one side we see through the trees part of Lake Lachland, and on all sides we see the mountains, which have a very wild and beautiful appearance.  I must now give you a description of the way in which our house is built. The foundations are large trees of a very hard wood, called ironbark, and the walls are of the same wood. The logs are cut into lengths of ten feet and are then split into slabs, which are forged into grooves in the foundation, as also into the wall plates at the top. Over this is nailed weatherboards, and the roof is shingled, which has the appearance of a slated roof. The doors and window frames are made of cedar, and to the windows are fastened Venetian blinds, painted green, as are the doors. The house is painted white. The length of the house is sixty feet, with a verandah all round eight feet wide, which is a very necessary part of a house in this warm climate. It is also a good walk in rainy weather, and a nice place for the children to play in out of the sun. Our rooms are all on the ground floor. We shall have a parlour 14 feet wide and 20 feet long, a bedroom the same size, another bedroom 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, a storeroom for provisions and farming tools, etc., the same size, a small store room joining our bedroom 10 feet square, and a bedroom for Thomas and Richard the same size opening out of our room on the opposite side of the verandah, which we shall make a dairy of at present. I do not know if, after all my description, you will be able to make out what sort of a place it will be, and I think I can fancy my little niece exclaim, "Well, that will be a queer house of Uncle Tom's," but it is the style of most country houses here. "But there is no kitchen!" Louisa will say. The kitchens, on account of the heat, are generally detached buildings, very different to the comfortable ones in England. Indeed, all the houses in this country must strike a stranger as being very meanly furnished. The walls are generally painted, sometimes only bare whitewashed, with very little other furniture than a table and chairs, a fireplace with no grate, but wood fires burning on the stone hearth or placed on iron dogs