‘living the Georgian dream’

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“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.

(https://www.farrow-ball.com/)

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

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