‘living the Georgian dream’


old house story copy x1

“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’)

Ha xb


8 thoughts on “‘living the Georgian dream’

  1. I’d love to live in a little village just like you describe but I’m not sure I could cope with no central heating!
    I could cope with a real fire though. We had one when I was growing up and I used to have to clean it out so mum or dad could set the new one and it never felt like a chore because I looked forward to sitting in front of the roaring fire, toasting bread on a long fork!
    I truly wish we had a real fire again 🙂

  2. Sounds lovely! Well, except for the cold bit 😉 We live in one of the most densely populated places in the country, strangely more so than a lot of city areas, but I’m still trying to get it to be our ‘dream property’, mainly through large scale use of Annie Sloan at the moment!

  3. Funny that you wrote that post, or maybe that I read it today. We live the complete opposite lifestyle (middle of city, totally new build and with a very good central heating), and are now trying to figure out how to find the middle ground between what you described and what we have…

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