Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blue Row

The spring we spent in England
we lived mostly
in a little village of
in the Cotswolds

In a cottage
called Blue Row

It's an 1806 row house
built as four a four family home
Somewhere in time,
it was changed to a "duplex"
We had half the home
A couple from London weekended in the other half.

The front door

The entry hall
but it could be completely shut off
to keep out the damp cold
that one often thinks of when one thinks of England

The dining room
A cupboard full of dishes
(Unfortunately none blue and white)
A window overlooking the garden
And a small oak table and chairs
A stove in the fireplace nook.
This would have been the living quarters of one of the four houses.

The living room
It was the living quarters of of of the four houses
A much bigger fireplace had this house!

A tiny kitchen
with wood counters
No upper cabinets

And a window over the sink
Perfect for the basil that I bought and left

The "master" bedroom
All bedrooms had wardrobes and no closets.
A small matching dresser

A second bedroom
complete with beams
And books!

Across the lane

A 900 year old church
One evening we were regaled with a church bell concerto

 Every afternoon we were home
We had tea in the garden

And looking out the bathroom window
we often saw "Rusty" in the cow pasture next to the church!

And when we had guests
(and we did!)
We waved goodbye from the bedroom window!

I'm joining The Tablescaper for Oh, The Place's I've Been. . . .

Blue Row was a dream come true.    It was really fun to live in England in a village although it was a village of only 200 and most were weekenders.    But you could walk to the farm store, there was a decent pub but it was too far to walk to, and we did attend church while we lived there.     There was something special about walking across the lane and worshiping in a 900 year old stone church.    I would go back in a heartbeat.    (Taking some of my blue and white dishes with me, of course!)     The only thing that would have made the stay perfect was to have Oliver, our corgi with us.


Noel Morata said...

this looks like the fun vacation cottage getaway perfect for England along with the tea...where are the sweet pastries though, I want to sample :)

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Oh my word, dream come true most verily!

What a dreamy, awesome incredible stay you must have had - I am happily envious and would love lots and lots more info about this trip!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I think it is still very difficult to take a dog with you into England. They used to have a six month quarantine and I don't know this has changed.....I'm reading Susan Branch's new book A Fine Romance, Falling in love with the English Countryside. It's charming.

Bernideen said...

How fun this was and such a different world than your day to day lives.

Lottie said...

What an enchanted setting! Beautiful!

Beth said...

Hi Martha, I really enjoyed reading about your stay in the Cotswalds. It sounds so great to actually live in England, not just take a few days to vacation there. What a great trip, Martha!

Deb said...

What a charming place. Love the last photo. :)

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a wonderful place. Perfect.

Martha said...

Noel -- there were plenty of pastries, believe me! Great bakeries so I didn't bake!

Delvalina said...

Oh my!I am so envy for the place you went and the cottage is just so darling.

I love how you captured the beautiful sides of the place.

Thanks for sharing. Hugs,

Martha said...

Kristi -- I just got the book too and our trip was the year before Susan's. Darn, I should have wrote that charming book! Reading it, I felt as if I just went back there -- although she traveled more than we (for we stayed put), she visited a lot of places we did and when she commented on her "Elizabeth" book -- it's on my bedside table and is a favorite!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This is the perfect cottage! I love the windows, the two fireplaces and the wardrobe in the bedroom!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh my goodness! This looks so idyllic. I was just in the Cotswolds and would LOVE to actually spend some time there. When are you moving?

Wonderful to have you be a part of "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

- The Tablescaper

Pat said...

Thank you for sharing your memories of a "dream come true", dear friend! Few of us are fortunate enough in life to experience some of our dreams.
I, too, enjoyed living on the European Econonmy farming village of Baumholder while stationed in Germany. Precious, priceless memories.
We had the opportunity to return to Baumholder while serving our second tour in Hanau, Germany. It was unbelieveable!!! The neighbors in the village remembered us and we were invited into their home for a homemade pea soup luncheon!!!
Again, many thanks for virtually taking us along!!!