“The comfort of a home depends to a surprising extent on the proper functioning of things like taps, geysters, boilers, sash-cords and hinges”
(Taken from ‘1000 Household hints’ – Elizabeth Craig, 1949 edition)
We are extremely lucky enough to live in a very rural, very beautiful, affluent, friendly English village – A little capsule of (stereotypical) ‘Jam&Jerusalem’ village fates, gossip and good neighbourliness.
With every house (including my own) being a visually pleasing smorgasbord of (real) shabby chic, Farrow Ball, Toile de Jouy and ticking, completed with a rayburn, a boarder terrier and non-functioning things like “taps, geysters, boilers, sash-cords and hinges” In short the way the Brits love to live – in old things that whilst have no central heating – or a working shower – DO have ‘lots’ of character and wear ‘Elephant’s Breath. No. 229′ really well.
In the winter we go to bed fully clothed and our lack of central heating has made cooking dinner in a onesie not a fashion choice but a lifestyle one – to keep warm! I don’t have a tap that doesn’t drip,our totally un-economical real fires are a pain to clean out and a pain likened only to child birth to light – but they do look great at Christmas.
(My friend jokes she is ‘living the Georgian dream’ – going to bed early to keep warm ‘in her sleeping bag and 15 tog duvet’)