Sunday, 15 September 2013

Cottage Night

a Welsh love spoon hanging by the fire

Autumn is definitely here. The Atlantic storm, which was promised,has hit North Wales though the rain held off a little so when I got home after a full day on Intensive care , I had enough time to lock the hens up.
The cottage has started again, to look cozy in an evening.
Low lighting and the glow from the coal fire
That's how cottages look their best



38 comments:

  1. I can hear the crackle of the fire from here...lovely.

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  2. Sounds lovely, with the patter of rain on the windows... ah...

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  3. Sounds like the very definition of a cottage, assuming at least one furry form prostrate before the fire.

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  4. Glad you're inside safe and cosy John.

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  5. Nothing like a fire in the grate when it's tipping down outside. Been stormy here on times too.

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  6. Do coal fires crackle? How do you heat your cottage? Your description of how cottages look the best is certainly evocative.

    Ann in Canada

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    1. Oh yes...and roar a little

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  8. i have been building fires in my firepit each night and i have all my doors and windows open. perfect autumn weather and i am loving every second of it.

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  9. I have to agree. But I've got to fit the fire before we can sunggle up by it!

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  10. It's what I enjoy most about autumn John. Sleep well.

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  11. I think they look mighty fine with sunlight streaming through the windows, too. A little warmer.

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  12. You make me want to live in a cottage. Raining all day here in South Wales too :-(
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    X

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  13. John, how long is that Welsh love spoon? I might try my hand at making one someday when I have 'nothing' to do.

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    1. It's around 12 inches long
      And quite plain
      It's simplicity made me like it even more as many of the more expensive ones are very fussy

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  14. Nothing like the glow from a fire to set a home right.

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  15. I bought a Welsh love spoon at the Tintern Abbey gift shop on one of my trips over. I remember that wonderful trip every time I look at it. It sounds warm and cozy at yours....get some rest and enjoy the peace.

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  16. I'm almost afraid to ask, but what does one do with is a Welsh love spoon?

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  17. Same here, Fall has arrived in New England. I still had to mow the lawn today but the leaves are starting to drop so it will be raking soon. And I've had a fire in the fireplace (more for cozy than for real heat) three nights this week.

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    1. Soon it will be Christmas!

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  18. Love fall.....absolutely love fall...low light ..fires in the wood stove...a cat on every chair ...couch and hearth!!

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  19. Do tell about the legend of the Welsh love spoon John!

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    1. Will and I exchanged wedding rigs 15 years ago with Creyr the welsh heron (the bringer of babies) and that worked out well...

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  20. Just taking a quick look at your blog before I fell asleep and found that delightful photo of the love spoon. I can glance over to the wall of our bedroom and see my love spoon that my now gently snoring husband brought me back oh so many years ago. Thank you for bringing back that memory. Warm and raining here in Montreal but was a lovely sunny fall day. My time of the year!

    Good night.

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    1. Hello Mz queen!
      Nice to have you along for the ride

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  21. What's the meaning of the love spoon? I wish I needed a fire instead of air conditioning. I guess I should just be grateful I have the AC and it works.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie
      See below... It's a love token for a loved one

      Cariad is the welsh term for loved one

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  22. I love the spoon.

    Stay warm.

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  23. We were tempted to light a fire last night..... but..

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  24. The heating nearly went after with moans from the chilly ones. Dillon did have a heater on to dry him out after a muddy dip.
    Sadly no real fires in this house ( one day ) but thought of lighting a few candles.

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  25. The lovespoon was given to a young woman by her suitor. It was important for the girl's father to see that the young man was capable of providing for the family and woodworking.
    Sailors would often carve lovespoons during their long journeys, which is why anchors would often be incorporated into the carvings.
    Certain symbols came to have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith, bells for marriage, hearts for love, a wheel supporting a loved one and a lock for security, among others. Caged balls indicated the number of children hoped for. Other difficult carvings, such as chains, were as much a demonstration of the carver's skill as a symbolic meaning.
    Although the Welsh lovespoon is the most famous there are also traditions of lovespoons in Scandinavia and some parts of Eastern Europe, which have their own unique styles and techniques when it comes to the Lovespoon.
    Today lovespoons are given as wedding and anniversary gifts, as well as birthday, baby gifts, Christmas or Valentine's Day gifts. They are now mostly seen as a folk craft.

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    1. That's lovely. Do caged balls indicate children because the Welsh keep their children in cages?

      Love,
      Janie

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  26. I nearly put the wood burner on last night but I resisted. Log store full. Oil tank filled up. All ready for the winter. Granny blanket at the ready. Oh that makes me sound old!!!!!
    Rosezeeta.

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  27. We'll have to get a proper Welsh love spoon to hang by our fireplace. Next time we go we'll be able to light the log burner - if we remember the matches!!

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  28. My Gran had a Love Spoon, made for her by Grancha in their youth. I wonder what happened to it?

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