A Good Book
If the rural hideaway is about one thing (apart from escape and sanctuary) it is about simplicity. The rural hideaway is about life reduced to its basics: talking, cooking, reading, sleeping, walking; the lost pleasures of solitude and unscheduled time.
The Garden in the Clouds
Dove Cottage. Grasmere
Candles at four o’clock, warm hearth rugs, tea, a fair teamaker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies on the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.
Thomas De Quincey writing about when he lived at Wordsworth's Dove Cottage.
Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
The first quote above sums up absolute perfection for me especially unscheduled time; there is nothing I like more. That and being cosy in my little cottage when wild weather is raging outside which is what the second quote is about.
It’s still cold, we had a wee thaw last night but it is about 0 degrees this morning, positively balmy and much more comfortable to live with. My cottage feels cosy once more and less like the interior of a freezer.
Talking of cottages I was browsing an October issue of the magazine Country Life which comes round to my library, it’s not really my cup of tea although there are sometimes new artists to discover and the occasional really interesting article relating to the countryside but I have no interest in the hunting, shooting and fishing brigade or in the sometimes hilarious photos of rich debutantes. I looked into this issue only because on the front cover a heading Dream Cottages jumped out at me. You may know that I am passionate about cottages and the smaller the better so I had visions of cottages for sale or luscious paintings of cottages. There were no pictures and none for sale, only the huge mansions that always fill the pages. There was however an article by Antony Woodward who found his dream cottage in the Black Mountains of Wales. I found the two quotations therein. I think I blogged about this book earlier this year but if I didn’t then I can tell you now that it is a great read, beautifully written and a true story. It is called The Garden in the Clouds. The garden is open once a year under the Yellow Book scheme and is definitely on my list to visit in 2011.
I will sign off now, my time is alas rather scheduled today, how I long for the days that aren’t…….
Bye for now,
Go mbeannai Dia duit,