Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Cottage By Candlelight


It is a cold and rather damp evening.Chris is working away and the dogs and Albert are all asleep in various warm places around the living room. 
I have lit the candles and am just going to settle down to watch Olivia De Havilland in The Dark Mirror.
At night the cottage living room always looks at it's best.

I was talking to Olwenna the other day, she was one of the ladies that volunteered to be interviewed for my sister blog Trelawnyd -Voices from the past.
She reminded me that when she was a small girl in the late 1930s she used to come to our cottage to learn songs from a lady called Brenda Smith, the coal merchant's daughter.
(The Smith family, incidentally were the first non Welsh speaking people in the village I have been told)
Apparently the cottage living room looks very much as it did way back then..minus the piano of course

31 comments:

  1. I see that Mabel has chosen the best place!!

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  2. Maybe you could find a homeless piano (missing a few keys or something) it would fit right in!

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  3. All the original features? mummified dead mice? cobwebs? LOL

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  4. How interesting to get a few more pieces of the cottage' history!

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  5. As I am curled up by the fire as well, I feel as though I and my dog are right there with you.
    This feels good.

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  6. Very nice bit of history there John. Of course I now feel even more linked to you - our house was also owned by a coal merchant at one time (tenuous, but hey-ho!). Are the other dogs on the sofa?

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  7. Mabel and Molly are twins laying in front of the fire, no doubt panting like crazy dogs as they are too daft to move from the heat, or at least our Molly is like that!!

    Gill in Canada

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  8. Elaine
    George has his head on my foot, william, Meg and Albert are all up on the sofa!!!x

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  9. My home always looks nicer by night light, just a few lights here and there, much more atmospheric and cosy.
    Enjoy your film John.
    Briony
    x

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  10. It does look so welcoming John. I like the light of the fire and a faithful companion laying about. It hums: HoMe. Hey, please go over to Mangominster.blogspot.com and leave a comment on the Cracker Critter contest for Baby Rocket Dog. All you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of the contestant list (where it says "comment moderation enabled") saying that you vote for Baby Rocket Dog. Please vote today before the contest is over!! She has never won at MM in the past, so we're hoping to at least place this year!! Thanks in advance.
    XX-Cassie
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRD & Hootie

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  11. ok cassie
    ( the things I do!)

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  12. Ah there's Mabel toasting her tummy. It looks so lovely.

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  13. I have rope lights draped over our mantle and like the way it looks at night too because the dust isn't as visible! :-)

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  14. How utterly charming! Enjoy your film! xo

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  15. How cozy is this?!
    Enjoy the movie John.

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  16. it was entertaining bollocks jim

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  17. Mabel looks so snug in front of the fire. I can picture the room with the piano in it - those were the days!

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  18. That's a lovely story and wonderful, too.
    Hope you enjoyed your movie. :-)

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  19. Really comfy cozy!

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  20. Our house always looks so great by dim light and candles as well. Not sure what the farmhouse will look like need to get some more furniture to figure that out, ha. Love the fireplace and I bet those are some happy doggies!

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  21. It looks truly welcoming and cosy. I love it - though a fire would be completely out of place here at the moment.

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  22. Very cosy indeed! Are you going to write a review of the movie? I must admit, you've piqued my interest with that 'entertaining bollocks' comment.

    megan

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  23. I remember staying in an old miner's cottage up in the Hunter Valley of NSW. Now I'm not tall but I had to stoop to walk through the doorways. I was told that most of the originals, the Welsh migrant miners, were short in stature and that the door height was normal for them. I also helped to trap in the warm air in winter when the door was opened.

    Is it like that with your coattage

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  24. There is nothing like sitting in front of a fire on a cold winter's night. Lucky Mabel!

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  25. Wonderful how candle-light makes cobwebs, dust, and mummified creatures, disappear. It certainly works chez nous!

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  26. If you'd paid your electricity bill on time you wouldn't need candles!

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  27. Sounds like you need to get a piano. Then you could rightfully call the room a "music room", and you can practice your singing in there.

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  28. I'm surprised with the mention of candles that Tom S hasn't made a comment about needing candlesticks.

    megan

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  29. Isn't it neat when people visit who have older memories of your home. I get this with the Skudder House and it always give me a buzz.

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