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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Veronica Varlow's terrible loss

I know this is slightly old news and many of my followers have already posted about this, but for those of you who don't know, Veronica Varlow (owner of the online boutique Danger Dame, pin-up model, burlesque dancer and actress, known in the Goth scene mostly as one of Emilie Autumn's Bloody Crumpets) revealed on her blog last month that the beautiful marital home she and her husband had poured their hearts into had been destroyed in a fire.

In the heart-rending post, Veronica says, "We were married there in the field and all of our friends and family came to help us fix the house and we saw more magic in it every day. On Father's Day in 2006, my Dad and I painted each Victorian baluster on the front porch from sunrise to sunset. Each one, carefully with small paint brushes, we painted mint, purple and sky blue. Later, I remember the triumphant smashing of the very low 7 foot ceiling as we demolished an old attic to make way for a beautiful 16 foot vaulted ceiling. I remember the day that the sunshine streamed through the sky lights in the roof and hit the living room walls for the first time in the home's 100 year old history. [...]

"Every single time that Burke and I left, we said goodbye to the house together in the living room. We would thank the house for giving us such a beautiful place to live in. We would thank the house for its magic and the calm, warm feeling it had that would recharge us. We loved our house. It was a place that Burke and I, who have roamed so long could finally call "home." A place that was ours that we would have when we were old people, rocking side by side on its old front porch.

"But in the fire, that dream died. Our home, one we cared for and loved so much, was burned to the ground. Along with our childhood memories, our stuffed animals, our family photos, my magic Grandma Helen's jewelry, a sign and wooden ducks that my Grandpa had carved with his own hands, all of our wedding things and our magic things, 15 years worth of my journals.......

"We lost our history in flames."

Veronica
Source: Danger Dame
Please help Veronica and Burke rebuild their lives with a small donation. Veronica has already posted a 'thank-you' on her Facebook page for this fundraiser so you can be sure that your money is reaching her.

8 comments:

Hexotica said...

How tragic. I know many people who were affected by the fires we had here in Victoria, Australia and all of them experienced tremendous pain with the loss of their homes and belongings. :(

Lilly Peppermint said...

Agreed. The fires here in Victoria were devestating. Fires are so destructive. I didn't know anyone personally who was affected recently, but I've had to attempt to defend my home as a younger child before. It really does mess with your head.

Kitty Lovett; A Charming Notion said...

How awful!

My father has been a firefighter for something like twenty years now. He keeps all his photos - of him, his brothers, his kids, and most especially, his mother - in a box, right next to the door, just in case. I feel so sad that they suffered so.

SiouxsieL said...

This is so sad. I hope the fundraiser is a success.

Sara said...

Why the hell would I donate to a famous person? There are poor people that can use it way better.

Maeam said...

...Damn. Harsh, Sara, but...I get her point...

It's unfortunate, though, no matter who it happens to. I nearly teared up at her entry. They loved that house so...

ultimategothguide said...

@ Sara - because maybe the key word should be 'person', not 'famous'? I do see what you mean, but... losing your house and your belongings is devastating whether you're famous or not. :-/

Anonymous said...

I wonder...did they ever find out how that fire started?! or did they and i'm just left out...

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