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This is where cottages started, the English countryside. Look how thick that thatched roof is, rad! Thatched roofs, were crafted by thatchers way back long before the Middle Ages. A good thatched roof not only makes a country cottage picturesque, it is also surprisingly and remarkably long lasting. A roof thatched by a skilled craftsman can last 40 to 50 years without needing refurbishment, all the while providing excellent, watertight insulation.
Most thatch used in England is made of long wheat straw grown specially for the purpose. The straw is built up in layers. After about 40 to 50 years, the top layer is stripped off and replaced. Some very old houses still have a bottom layer of straw at least 600 years old. Whaaa?! Patterns at the thatch ridgeline are not just decorative they actually anchor the thatch in place. Every master thatcher has his own finishing touches, sometimes adding birds and small animals made of thatch. I think we could just eat this lil beauty, thatch is quite chewy though.
A cottage can be many shapes but the history is that of inexpensive homes that originated in England, where peasant farmers called “cotters” lived in what we would now consider a quaint and comfy style of home. Although life was tough for those inhabitants because evidently they worked all the time. Cottages are traditionally small, feature stone or wood facades and have gabled roofs. They are also often built with arched entryways and brick walkways. In the US we have taken the liberty to expand the cottage label to more designs and characteristics but the smaller size has always been a stayed part of the style. “A little cottage in the wood or by the sea” has been in our lexicon and writing for decades as a nod to a more peaceful place; quiet but complete to fully house your needs. This lil doozy at dusk would do just fine.
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This newer cottage in the North Carolina woods is a great size for getting away from the noise. And deserves a Monday poem.
The writers cottage... The small but ample cottage tucked in among the trees with large trees like bedposts.
A small hum of excitement stirs the air. The ocean kissed sea air moves past the cottage searching for just a peak at her.
But not tonight, the windows drawn tight, and still sweating from the warmth there by the muted figures in the flames.
Just a glimpse of her edges out from the corner of my eye.
And only she warms me in a way, that even now the figures in the flames seem less willing to speak her name.
With her heat comes a light, and with her light the words are more clear and the beauty of season more evident.
She is a muted flame edging out of the corner of my eye.
Kissing me quietly as she drifts off in to cozy corners of my mind.
Karl von Mecklenburg