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Pleasures Of Traffic Free Country Liv...

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You really know you’re out in the country in the middle of winter where I’m currently staying.  It’s absolutely amazing how different it all feels to where I stay with someone in the town.  There they have loads of street lights, cars hurtling about and lots of transport in general making a noise and smells.  […]

Appetite For Charming Cottage Pubs &#...

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I’ve had lots of things going on with old fashioned pubs lately – being cheer leader for a seniors’ lunch bunch.  Obviously the type of  venue is very important – we don’t want to be sitting in a greasy spoon style of cafe but at the same time, none of our group are that flush […]

Cottage & Pub Pics Start Holiday...


I was at a charity fund raising event earlier this year – end of winter and before I’d even thought about this year’s holidays.  Amongst the usual range of bizarre and eclectic mix of tombola prizes and white elephant stall offerings were packs of hand made greetings cards.  I snapped up a couple of packs […]

Alpine Cottage Shaped Social Mountain...

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I have a really good pal who’s wife is from ‘up north’.  This is fine, she used to be a lovely friendly, person with whom I  would spend a good couple of hours chatting and exchanging notes about the lovely cottages we’d stayed at for our respective holidays.  Our families always tried different parts of […]

Test Running The Chocolate Box Cottag...


When you buy your very first property, it is usually a flat or a terraced house.  Usually in need of a full refurbishment or at least a hefty chunck of cash for making it more habitable and comfortable.  It’s extremely rare that a couple will enter the fray by buying a fully fledged country cottage […]

Cottage Try Outs Sort The Men From Th...

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Wherever you go in the country, there will be a wide selection of country cottages to look at, pore over, rent, buy – all of these things and more.   The only problem with this is that they are generally concentrated in hot spots and the price of them is necessarily very high, compared to normal […]

The Very Thought – A Lady Thatc...

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I was beetling off through some very narrow, hair raising, but pretty country lanes the other day.  I was actually on my way to a big plant nursery that advertises in trade papers and as my gardening help had suggested a couple of new plants to fill in gaps, this seemed the ideal opportunity to […]

From Pub to Fabulous Holiday Cottage


I belong to a very well known and well established womens’ group – the formation of which commenced over a century ago and many federations are still going strong.  The appeal for the younger woman is a bit tricky in some areas where there is still a massive bastian of the previous generation, but on […]

Cottage Memories Remained Strong ...

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I have just got back from a simply wonderful family break down to the area where my siblings and I grew up.  It always was an affluent area and my parents, well dad, struggled like crazy to get a mortgage for the house he and mum chose to get us out of the strange little […]

Joyous Thoughts Of Summer Cottage Hol...


Whilst sitting here looking out into a snow filled garden, it is rather difficult to conjur up thought of happy summer holidays and moaning about how flaming hot it is !  Some days last year though, we were doing exactly that and it seems unbelievable at this very minute.  so with happy thoughts thrust firmly […]