Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Everything Is Changing....

These days, I am looking to get more personal on my blog.
 Sure my life is all about renovations and real estate, but that's only the one side.
I feel like there are so many Diane's....the lady Contractor, the country girl, the mother, the daughter,
 someone's sweetheart, someone's friend, the bookkeeper, the blogger....the list goes on.
And what better place to share it than a blog...right?

So a while back I made the decision to change my blog's name, my blog's layout.
Write and chronicle the renos, and write about my personal journey.
They do go hand in hand.

I have for several months been penning various blog posts, but not publishing them.
Writing down my journey, before it gets old and I forget the details.
I write about the renos and the before and after's of them.  A passion that has not slowed down.
The main focus of the blog will always be about the renos...it's a big thing in my life.

I write about the struggles of being an empty-nester.  And living alone.
I write about dating, romance and love.
Cooking, recipes.  Photography.
Home decor. Outdoor landscaping.  Where I shop.
Roadtripping and my passion for driving.  My jeep.
Kinda everything.

I'm slowly changing everything over to the new blog site,
"Diane Reta The Blog"
I just opened up a new Facebook page.
Like the page and follow along!
I will slowly be moving away from "The Olde Barn" page.

Or follow along on my Instagram page.

So folks, lets begin.............


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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Captured on my Camera

With each house I buy and flip,
I capture with my camera an image that seems to speak for that house.

They become my favourite of sorts.
Pictures that I took that sum up that house in one single image.

Let's take a look.....

The new cottage house.

The large lot is every inch English gardens.
I snapped this picture of the shed that is nestled in with the gardens.
The flowers take centre stage, but this graceful beauty sits content nestled in.
She adds to the garden's elegance.

The blue farmhouse

You have seen this pic a few times, but it just says farmhouse.
Cozy country warmth.

A rusty old door handle.
For a long time this picture was the mascot for this house.

I captured her on my camera.
A lonely ghost gazing out the old barn window.
From the beginning of the renos I knew something evil went down in this house.
From the covered up evidence on the wall, something rolling around in the shallow well.
Could this poor soul been a victim of a gunshot?  And lifeless body hidden in the well.
A woman with no name missing for a century,  until a lady came along one cold winter day with a camera.

This past January, I was out taking pics of the property and captured her, by accident, on my camera.
When I took the pic, I didn't see her physically.
It wasn't until I was back at home later that day and downloaded the pictures.
Read about it here
Look very closely.
If I never believed in ghosts before, I do now.

The country house flip.

I can't even capture how beautiful this property is.
It's like a park.

The red brick farmhouse.

Everything about this property was photogenic.
But this image was my favourite.

And this one...
She was an old and solid farmhouse, and she was majestic.


Captured with my camera.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The New Blog Name

Diane Reta
The Blog

 If I am anything, I am all about change.
And it was time to change the name of my blog.
The change was long overdue.

For some time now my blog name was bothering me.
The Olde Barn is a great name, but it wasn't personal.  It did not speak of what this blog is about.
The name suggested a blog about barns.  Or some people wanted to book the barn for events.
And of course there is no, per say, old barn.  I just liked the name at the time.

This blog and this journey of mine is very personal.
This blog is not all about flipping houses.  Or moving from the city to the country.
Or my vintage collections.  Or home decor. Or road tripping.
It's all of the above.
This blog is me.  And my journey as I walk the twists and turns of life.
So why not simply change it to my name.
Diane, because it is my name and Reta is my mother's middle name.
I have always liked that spelling of this pretty name.

 It may take a while to change over my website domain name and all things social media,
but I'll get to it eventually.

So welcome to  
Diane Reta 
The Blog

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