Friday, 27 November 2020

Swallows and Hangovers

 


I met my friend for dinner last night and both of us are suffering from a gin based hangover from hell this morning. 
I took the girls up the Gop to blow away the cobwebs and burped pink gin at almost every step.
Lovely. 
Looking down on the village, it is easy to see the older houses of Trelawnyd. 
As in many Welsh villages the older houses have names rather than house numbers to tell them apart and these names are officially linked to the house postcode so cannot easily be changed.
My cottage is called Bwthyn y Llan which literally means Church Cottage.
The more historic name for it and it’s sister cottage next door was Tan y Fynwent which literally means under the graveyard.
I always liked the name Mrs Miniver gave to her home. 
It was simply called Starlings, and with that in mind I have just hung some cheerful blue birds on the front of the cottage

Hey ho

72 comments:

  1. Love the tradition of naming houses. But like boats, hard to change.

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    1. Yes.... a bit of history

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  2. My sister named her house "Swallow". They had found an old bottle in the garden with swallow written on it and they loved it. It was only later that they realised the bottle was a medicine bottle!

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    1. I did think of swallows for a house name

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  3. I have a vacation home in a village by the sea and it has a name instead of numbers. It is very unusual in the U.S. The only drawback is that we cannot get mail delivered and have to have a postal box in a mail center. Your bluebirds are charming.

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  4. Love the birds! We call our place "Mud Farm" because the first year we moved here we got stuck in our driveway. It really doesn't apply now. A lovely country setting a mile from the city limits of a town of less than 6000 people.

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  5. I like the idea of giving a name to your place. My husband would probably just want to slap HIS name on it. Which is okay, I guess, because in the Lord of the Rings stories, that name signifies 'a safe place'.

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    1. A neighbour lives at Tawelfan which means A quiet place
      Which is lovely

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  6. Wonder if we will ever get our gin hangover? x

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  7. We have a friend who's cottage is called 'Giblets'. Gawd knows why!

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  8. Barbara Anne3:40 pm

    Love your charming blue birds, your cottage's name (not the graveyard one), and today's post. If our place had a name, it might be Bideawee.
    Hope those hangover headaches are gone.

    Hugs!

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  9. Nice, but pterodactyls would have been a bit more innovative.

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  10. My home is called, 'Mime'. On the nameplate it has an acute accent over the last e, so should be pronounced 'meemay'. Who names a house Mime and why??? I wish I could change it but it's such a hassle.

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    1. Once seen never forgotten
      I love this

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  11. John, the blue swallows are lovely. Our 1700's home had a fire on one side of it years ago and moved a "sugarhouse" from across the road - attached it to the home. It was so beautifully rustic with a huge fireplace. We called it "The Sugarhouse Suite," and had many guests visit, including a small wedding outdoors. Our home now in Maine is called "The Enchanted Cottage." We downsized and it's a boring little ranch but we've charmed it up with gardens, vines, and an Italian ceramic plaque on the royal blue front door w/ that name. My fave color is blue. As you do, I favor blue and yellow. Hugs.

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    1. Sugerhouse suite has a certain ring to it x

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  12. Interesting ...naming of homes, cottages. Interesting.

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    1. My favourite is a farm near me called PEN Y CEFN ISA which literally translated means LOWER BACK END

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  13. Ugh. A gin hangover is not pleasant. Kudos for making the best of it with a walk! Love the birds. I haven't seen "Mrs. Miniver" in many years...

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    1. I can’t think of the last time I had one....
      It was worth it .....

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  14. Shouldn't you have put up rubber chickens instead?

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  15. i love the birds. i also love 'under the graveyard'. pretty cool. my house is named serpent gate cottage. it is queen ann cottage architecture and there are snakes on all of the iron gates.

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  16. I love the film Mrs Miniver. Hope the walk cleared your head. My Great Gran lived at Woodbine Cottage, when I was young I thought it was because she was a heavy smoker.

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  17. Same where I live, no house numbers. A small village, smaller than yours, but we have a Mill Cottage and a Mill House, a Church Cottage that looks like a house and isn’t that close to the church, a Hall Cottage that isn’t as close to the hall. So different from odd numbers on inside of the street and evens on the other.

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    1. Numbers seem rather bland now I think about them

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  18. That'll teach yer !!!
    Our house is called The Laurels as there are two laurel bushes in the front garden !
    Your bluebirds look joyful. XXXX

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    1. We have the laurels in the village too

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  19. I have a lot of Great Tits in my garden. I use the house number

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    1. I think I will have to think about this statement again

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  20. My husband, who rode a trike, jokingly named our house Trikietowers (there are no towers). Another joker friend bought a nameplate with Trikietowers on and screwed it to the front of the house one new year's morning (remarkably straight in a whiskey induced hangover). A third joker sent a postcard from France to 'Trikietowers, Kidderminster, UK', which arrived 3 days later! Trikietowers it remains.

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    1. A name with an appropriate story,
      I like

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  21. Will shortly be moving into Wren Cottage; it has a number too, but I'
    ll use the name. Not what I'd have chosen, but it's part of the house. Have so far only seen a seagull there, doesn't have quite the same ring to it.......

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  22. Cheerful indeed and we can all do with a bit of that.

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    1. Oh yes, the welsh covid rules are out today ...shit

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  23. Charming. Our town names all its apartment buildings. The old houses have names and some new ones, too. Quite often, those who grew up here know them easily by their names. I used to always give the address first, but was then was invariably asked for the name.

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    1. Do the big villas have specific names

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  24. PINK GIN??? do tell! never heard of it! interesting story about old house names, before house numbers and postal codes took over.

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    1. Never again too sweet !

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    2. Weren't the drinks made with Angostura Bitters? Nothing sweet about those.

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  25. The blue looks fab against the stone! I spent one Xmas in the White House, once ... in Suffolk.

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  26. One swallow does not Anne Summers make.

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  27. I love that your homes are named! The birds on the outside of your home are truly lovely!

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  28. The starlings against your stone home look really nice. The blue color seems like weathered copper. The detail on the starlings is wonderful. Great choice.

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  29. Love those against the stone!

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  31. love the blue birds, such a pretty colour and a lovely splash of colour against the stone of the cottage :) Our house is called St Abbs, most likely because the wife of the master mariner who had the house built in 1903 was from St Abbs. Originally it was St Abbs Villa (a number of houses with "Villa" as part of the name here) but that got dropped at some point. I like that our house name has such a personal connection to the original owners :)

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  32. Putting birds on things is a thing, according to these guys: https://youtu.be/iHmLljk2t8M

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  33. The birds look lovely. Yes, the names stay with the cottages here, we didn't even consider changing ours, but our neighbour did many years ago. Although now I think she regrets it as she is so firmly rooted in Wales her English house name seems strange even to her.

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  34. When I moved into my house I named it Casa de Esperanza - House of Hope, or Hope House. I was fleeing an abusive husband and had a glimmer of hope for my future.

    I love both the versions of your cottage's name!

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  35. I would love a house with a name... but no I am boring number 34. It has got me thinking though what I would call my humble abode. Urgh gin hangovers are one of the worst. I love pink gin but it's very expensive here in NZ.

    Jo in Auckland

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