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Wednesday, 10 February 2010
What is a 'cottage'?
A cottage should be old, small, cosy, bucolic, cheap, and FABULOUS.
The little window is above our front door and gives into a heavily low-beamed bedroom. The opening is made from just 6 simply cut stones, measures about 1ft 6ins square, and gives me huge pleasure every time I look at it. Without one or two 'features' such as this a cottage becomes just a small house.
The interior shot is perhaps more classic 'cottage'. The big fireplace (now with Godin stove for practical purposes) is essential, as are large section open ceiling beams, hand-made quarry tiles, and not a single wall built with a plumb-line.
Outside, the chocky-box concept continues. Vegetables in the garden, sawn logs in the wood shed, fruit trees a-plenty.
No, I don't want a chateau, nor do I want a rambling old farmhouse. Just leave me in my cottage with a dog that smells of compost, a cat that brings live mice to my bedroom, and, of course, the luxury of our pool for those long hot summer days.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
3 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!