IT'S not easy for anyone to pack up and leave a home, but for Len and Evelyn Kahler, it will be the end of an era.
The Kahlers recently sold their 404ha property Bevell-Dean near Pittsworth and next weekend will auction off some much-loved items.
It is the only home Len has known, moving there with his parents at the age of two and having lived there for 70 years.
Evelyn, moving there when they were married, has clocked up 50.
Over the years, the property has run cattle and pigs, dairy cows and also been used for cropping.
Len, who is obviously passionate about both farming and the area, has built up a collection of old and not-so-old tractors, trucks and tillage equipment.
Included are a 1959 Chrysler Wayfarer Ute in good condition; a Dodge 1952 Fargo F64 with original tyres and upholstery; and a 1972 Case tractor.
"I learnt to drive on it," Len said.
Every item has a memory for the pair, who hopes their collection will interest buyers from far and wide.
While Len has been a man of the land, Evelyn is a well-known painter in both Toowoomba and the local area, having exhibited and taught over the years as Eve Kahler.
Following the clearing sale, Evelyn, the following day, will auction off 47 of her original art works from the past 30 years.
They include a mixture of acrylics, acrylics and pen, and pastels.
"I loved drawing at school and did very well but I didn't really take it seriously until my children had left home," she said.
Her work features floral arrangements, portraits and landscapes and is bold, detailed and expressive.
Her pieces are so sought-after; three were stolen 15 years back from a Toowoomba gallery.
Police managed to find one, which will be up for auction. It is named Stolen Flowers Pastel.
Evelyn will also auction off a collection of antiques acquired over the years which include old furniture, cream and milk cans, a cane pram and a radiogram.
The auction of farm equipment and machinery will take place from 10am on Saturday, April 20, on site at Bevell-Dean on the Gore Hwy (5km west of Pittsworth).
The following day, Evelyn's artwork and antiques will be auctioned from 11am.
For more information, visit raywhiterural.com.au
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