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By Heron


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The 400year old frame is still there but the rest is new, It has no carpets just tile and oak. Only one and a bit bedrooms but a nice big conservatory. There's little modern in it but I prefer to live in the old fashioned way.



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Beautiful cottage Heron...

7 Oct, 2009

 

You've done a marvellous job Heron...updated the cottage but kept it's original character...beautiful flowers out front too.

7 Oct, 2009

 

Excellent work Heron - it looks lovely!

7 Oct, 2009

 

Lovely to see the before and after pics where the work you have put in can really be appreciated. As for the other pics I love the dog and the roses.

7 Oct, 2009

 

I love to see before and after photo's. This is superb !

7 Oct, 2009

 

Marvellous transformation - what a beautiful cottage and gorgeous front garden bed. Excellent job!

7 Oct, 2009

 

I thought the before was beautiful - but this is superb!

7 Oct, 2009

 

Is that a thatched roof Heron?

7 Oct, 2009

 

you have made it something beautiful, it was pretty before but.....wow

8 Oct, 2009

 

What a transformation Heron, it's beautiful love the front garden.

8 Oct, 2009

 

Yes it is Skillen, a new one as in 2000 I lost the old one in a fire, I only have oil central heating now and no garden fires either. I was just finishing decorating after my retirement when a spark from the log burner ignited a starlings nest that popped out of the chimney and onto the thatch, by the time the firemen arrived it was well alight. passers by all stopped and helped me remove as much as possible from the cottage until the firemen arrived. We had to live in in a caravan in the field alongside for ten months. It was a very bad time and It took me a long time to get over it. The whole event was filmed by a BBC cameraman who arrived to ask permission to film old cottages he got more than he bargained for as he wasn't expecting to find it on fire. At the time I told him to B*****r off but later we became friends and he gave me a video of the fire, I've not watched it yet.

8 Oct, 2009

 

It is wondrous!!!!....no other word for it:))))))

What an amazing story....I don't think I would want to watch the video either(:

8 Oct, 2009

 

After all your hard work and the heartache of the fire (been there, felt that) you deserve many long, happy years in your enchanting cottage - love it!

8 Oct, 2009

 

That's awful - devastating for you heron. I don't think I would ever watch the video. But what a wonderful job you have done. It looks fabulous now.

8 Oct, 2009

 

Heron, your cottage should be on a chocolate box....it's BEAUTIFUL :)) I've not seen a pic of it before...it's absolutely gorgeous....and if you ever feel the need to move to a 3 bed semi in suburbia, all mod cons, and a tiny patch of garden...give us a ring, lol :)))

8 Oct, 2009

 

What a horrid time for you Heron...but it looks fabulous now...a real Phoenix.

8 Oct, 2009

 

Thank you for your complements, it may look like a 'Chocolate Box' but I assure you there are no chocolates inside this box......I'm still on a diet, still two stone less.

8 Oct, 2009

 

Wow...well done Heron :)) As usual, I'll be starting mine tomorrow ;)

8 Oct, 2009

 

There is a chocolate diet you know - apparently you can lose weight eating chocolate, lots of pasta and popcorn!!! Sounds like my sort of diet.

8 Oct, 2009

 

Congratulations Heron...you have done a wonderful job...your cottage is fabulous...

10 Oct, 2009

 

Well done on getting over the disaster of the fire...
. ...you have a beautiful home :o)

11 Oct, 2009

 

It looks wonderful - well done! :-))

Is it a listed building?

11 Oct, 2009

 

Yes Grade 2

11 Oct, 2009

 

That is so beautiful! What a fantastic job you've done!
Bernie, I want to go on that diet too!

13 Oct, 2009

 

Beautiful cottage and garden Heron,well done ..can you see Mow Cop or Cloud End from your house?

14 Oct, 2009

 

Just beautiful and a total credit it to you. What a transformation, but so in keeping with its' age, what a wonderful home now.

15 Oct, 2009

 

Still beautiful

15 Oct, 2009

 

You are very good at designing interest into your garden on many levels.

20 Oct, 2009

 

Just a dream cottage, the fire must have been awful for you, but what a testimony to your resolve! :-)

22 Oct, 2009

 

What a lovely old cottage, such a lot of character, was sorry to read of the fire, glad all is back to normal now.

23 Nov, 2009

Sid
Sid
 

Idylic cottage.....I can see now where the inspiration comes from for your birdhouses :-)

5 Mar, 2010

 

dear Mr. Heron
your cottage is the sort, I used to search for, when visiting England.. I used to be 'lost' to my friend, who'd worried, that I would have been kidnapped or something else. I just knew, walking around their neighbourhood, would bring me views like your cottage.
I made a 'goldcoast' trip one year with a friend of mine. They all went into an underground cavern to look at stalagites or some such thing. But I went instead around the area and litterally droooled over the fact that ONE Hydrangea plant could have 3 colours in it.. I was told that it had to do with the soil of Devon. But oh, me oh, My BEST of time, was just walking in neighbourhoods where all these sort of lovely and quaint cottages were plus all these gorgeous gardens. THAT to me, was England at its best.
I read about the dreaded fire of your cottage and was horrified! I understand of the trauma of loosing ones most dearest posessions and all that one has gathered as memories in a lifetime. I will be back to your side to watch all of them lovely photographs and to read your blogs.
thanks for posting here and sharing all that you enjoy with us. Little Ol' me, imported from the former Dutch East Indies, via the NLs to Canada.. (if this isn't space travelling, then I don't know what would connotate it! haha) Powderbrush or brush in Canada.
OH! Lest best? Have THE best summer EVER!!!

7 Mar, 2010

 

What an interesting person you are Powderbrush and such an interesting life. It sounds very nice and quiet where you are, far from the madding crowd and plenty of space. Thank you for your complimentary words regarding my Cottage. It is as idyllic as it looks. We're very happy here with our little dog and enjoy the quiet life just like you.

7 Mar, 2010

 

What a beautiful cottage, such a warm welcome!

23 Mar, 2010

 

Your cottage looks so beautiful Ron.........tragic to have burned but look, out of the ashes has risen this amazing place.........I'm so sorry reading your story it must have been horrendous. Well done for managing to cope.

Do you remember the Nypro disaster of 1974? We had bought our farmhouse the year before and had spent the year "doing it up". The river Trent flowed passed our garden and on the other side was Nypro. After the explosion, all windows and doors were blown out of all the houses in the vicinity....our roof went up...walls went out then the roof came down again....all in all a complete mess...we were lucky though as there were quite a few who lost their lives............

24 Mar, 2010

 

I'd completely forgotten about Nypro Janey, well it was a while ago. I've been reading up on it and from what you say about how near you were, you were very lucky. It's difficult to comprehend how structural damage was caused eight miles away in Scunthorpe. All that hard work,did you have to have a complete re-build?

24 Mar, 2010

 

I can't believe its 36 years ago........where does all the time go? It was the vacuum after the explosion that damaged our properties...if the wind had been from the north we would have been flattened...as it was, lots of us were knocked out for a few minutes. Most of the casualties in the village were from flying glass...Ian and I were the first ones at the hospital with elderly neighbours who needed treatment.....I remember seeing my photo on the front of the local paper..the houses weren't re-built but restored and I remember we were thrilled to have central heating installed as we didn't have it before...Lol!

24 Mar, 2010

 

Sorry to hear about the fire Heron, it must of been devastating. I know exactly how you feel. I was caught in a fire when I was little. To this day I am scared of fire, & hate it whenever I smell smoke or hear the fire alarm. You can move on, but it never leaves you. It's good what you've done, you've done a really tremendous job in restoring it.

25 Mar, 2010

 

All my life I've considered myself fearless and well adjusted, but now 10 years on, like you I go into a tis when I see smoke. No more winter log fires, not even a garden fire.

25 Mar, 2010

 

is this Hydragen tree?

30 Jul, 2010

 

Yes they are Hydrangeas and as Powderbush says they vary in colour depending on the acidity of the soil.

31 Jul, 2010

 

This cottage is really well done up Heron, I love the hydrangeas.

31 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks Pip C, have to say that it's just perfect for the two of us Oh and Barnaby of cause.

31 Jul, 2010

 

May I ask who's Barnaby? I'm guessing a cat, or maybe a budgie...

1 Aug, 2010

 

If you look in my photos you'll see him Pip, a cream/gold coloured Lhasa Apso.

1 Aug, 2010

 

Perfect cottage heaven. You lucky and clever thing you!

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thank you Pen, 'Lucky', a little; 'clever' sort of, but mostly it was just hard work, sacrifice and to quote you, "Passion"

12 Aug, 2010

 

and i can vouch for ur cottage and garden heron . STUNNING i think is the word . just spent all afternoon cleaning my log burner and gona get the sweep in asap after you telling us that story , no chances taken . hope u enjoyed ur viset to ours. we certainally did.

13 Aug, 2010

 

What a lovely cottage Heron!

24 Sep, 2010

 

H-eaven on E-arth... R-omantically O-beys N-ature...

16 Oct, 2010

 

your home is so nice and the plants you have out front are so beautiful,

17 Jun, 2011

 

I am so sorry you lost your beautiful cottage.What a tragic thing to happen.I am happy to hear you rebuilt(it's quite lovely by the way) and are living happily again.Sometimes I wonder why horrible things happen to nice people.I guess there is a reason for everything...I 'll never understand it though....

13 Aug, 2011

 

How lovely!

19 May, 2012



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