Today I’m stalking the historic inner city suburbs of Sydney. The properties are 19th century sandstone cottages, age worn but well loved. The first, built in the second half of the century, is squeaky clean and finely restored. It seems a proud little house, comfortable and solid. The other, an 1840’s Georgian cottage, also seems comfortable in its slightly down at heel skin. It’s been restored but not gentrified. Which do you prefer? I’m leaning towards the 1840’s Georgian cottage with all it’s well lived-in clutter. It has a sense of place and time and home.