Trashy treasures and a woolly welcome...
Dearest blog readers,
Would you let me hug you, please?
Hold you tight for a minute and tell you how lovely you are and how touched I was
by your kind words after my modest blog come-back two weeks ago?
I struggle to find the right words to describe how you made me feel.
I feel I ought to say something profound and yet all that comes to mind,
over and over again, is "you made my day".
You. Made. My. Day.
However, my nose for recycling and turning trash into treasure has already proven intact, for example when I spotted these two rattan chairs being thrown away at the local recycling centre. "Stop, hold on! Surely you are not throwing those away?!" I bellowed at the men unloading the contents of their lorry into the skip. "Want them? They're yours!" they bellowed back, raising one or two eyebrows at the beaming Swede embracing their rubbish with such joy. Perhaps not my dream garden chairs, but they were free and they have already proven to be splendid seats for lunches in the sun.
The observant among you may have noticed that there seem to be two front doors to this little aged beauty. This is indeed true. In the old days, this used to be two cottages and as I sweat and fret over lack of storage space, I think of what it must have been like living here in those days, in only half of the cottage, and instantly I feel really blessed and grateful for the space that I have got!
The front door to the left in the photo above leads straight into the kitchen. This is a kitchen that, in the mouth of an over-eager estate agent might be described as "bijou", but which we all would know means "so tiny you can barely turn around". But do you know what? It also comes with this view:
... and that makes even washing up (my least favourite household chore) a joy!
And just like my woolly neighbour welcomed me into my new home,
let me welcome you to
"The New Swenglish Home Blog"!
Oh how wonderful, such a nice view. I used to have a great view from the sink in the last house... 25 acres and many native animals and birds. I could wash up and watch the birds bathing. Have just moved 2 hours south to a small town, we now live walking distance to shops and cafes! However the view is not as nice just grass and large noisy parrot birds. We moved from a tiny house, but we had lots of outside, to a house easily twice the size but not so well designed so finding room for things is a battle. Sometimes tiny places work because they have to, things have their place. Good luck and it looks so delightful.ReplyDelete
Wonderful view! The new cottage sounds charming-or it will be with all of your finds. We are glad you are back!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, this cottage looks wonderful! I hope you'll share all the nooks and crannies with us. I'm infatuated with small, charming spaces. The view from the kitchen is just lovely.ReplyDelete
My husband and I are beginning to contemplate downsizing in the next few years so I'll be watching this blog closely to see how it's done––charmingly, I have no doubt! You've been missed!ReplyDelete
It is really sad when WONDERFUL blogs such as yours fall silent......I am over-joyed to see your return and long for each and every post. Enjoy your new home, it looks delightful!!!!!ReplyDelete
Your new cottage is charming...a dream really. There is nothing to be found like it here in America. I adored your other home but this is like straight out of a movie and I know, I KNOW, you will make it the sweetest thing this side of heaven. So happy to have you back! xxo KerrieReplyDelete
The cottage seems full of charm . You will give it your soul and things will be fine as always...Good job with the chairs! Wellcome back!ReplyDelete
Oh das ist wunderbar,so ein schöner Platz,und ein Haus voller Überraschung.ReplyDelete
Ich bin schon sehr neugierig wie es weiter geht.
Liebe Grüße aus Österreich.Edith.
it's lovely to catch up with you again. Your new home looks so sweet, I really look forward to seeing more inside and how you make it a home as I love your style - perfect! Best wishes, ElizabethReplyDelete
Vackert som i en film. Hoppas du kommer att trivas och fortsätta blogga fast det blåst andra vindar.ReplyDelete
I am so happy you are back again. It's always a pleasure to read your blog. You are living in a wonderful house now (but the old Swenglish home was also a beauty), I hope it will bring you a lot of happiness!!ReplyDelete
Sending hugs, Ingrid
Blessings in your new home, it's so very pretty. I would love to wash up whilst watching sheep!ReplyDelete
Hope you will have lots of happiness. Betty
Dear Helena.....it's so wonderful...you are back in Bloggerland...what a wonderful cottage!!! Hope to see more and more about this peaceful place....you must be happy to live there.ReplyDelete
Sending hugs from Germany, Ulrike
Hello Helena, it's so nice to see you again :)). I love your blog and you make me miss England so much :) I lived in the Wiltshire area and I have fallen in love in such lovely cottages, it looks like heaven! :). Warm regards and I look forward to see more beautiful pictures of this lovely treasure :).ReplyDelete
Take care, lots of hugs :) xxx
Vilket otroligt rart litet hus! Som ett litet sagohus! Jag kan tro att du kommer att rumstera om där, med din fantastiska förmåga! Stolarna är jättefina, vilken tur du hade!ReplyDelete
Lycka till med ditt nya boende!
Helena. Love your new house. And the patio chairs look great. Shame on those people dumping them.ReplyDelete
Does not matter what size your kitchen is with that view.
Such a pretty pretty house you have, and the garden looks love also.ReplyDelete
Du har det så fint! Och det var konstigt tomt när du inte skrev. Dina foton är så fina, hoppas det är ok att låna om man frågar? Bara som coverfoto på Facebook eller så. Går det bra? Ditt namn syns tydligt förstås. Kram /. Catarina i GreklandReplyDelete
Hej Catarinah, och tack för dina snälla ord!Delete
Jag uppskattar att du frågar om du får låna mina foton. Det går bra så länge namnet syns, vilket du säger att det gör. Du får gärna sända mig ett mail med länk till de ställen du använder mina foton på.
Må så gott och än en gång tack för dina rara ord!
Its so good to see one of my favorite blogger writing again.. I cant wait to see what you are going to do with this great looking cottage in the coming days...ReplyDelete
Härligt att du är tillbaka! Ser fram emot att få följa och inspireras av din fortsatta resa med detta lilla söta hus! Utrymme i all ära - men det är lättare att få till den mysiga känslan när det är mindre tycker jagReplyDelete
I had missed your posts, and your beautiful photographs. Best wishes as you settle in to your lovely "new" cottage - it is gorgeous.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful cottage you have! Full of charm :-) I love it :-) Can't wait to see more :-) :-) :-)ReplyDelete
Have a lovely evening :-)
So glad to be able to follow your wonderful blogs, I do feel sad to look at your old Swenglish home and realize that you do not live there anymore. But humans are amazing, we can adapt to new situations and make the best of it. The main thing is happiness for our selves and family.ReplyDelete
Take care and again so glad you are back.
Agneta in Arizona
Hvor ser det dejligt ud dit nye cottage..lidt fransk synes jeg det ligner..:-)ReplyDelete
Bliver spændende at følge med i det nye hus..:-)
Kram fra Lisbeth
Ett sån söt "cottage"! Ser fram emot att följa med längs nya stigar här på din vackra blogg!
Kram Anna i Skåne
Det ser fantastisk ud - rigtig meget held og lykke.ReplyDelete
Your new home looks like a most cosy place to live in - beautiful stone walls, gravel and ivy all around the house and charming neighbours. I can´t wait to see more!ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend!
Ditt nya hem ser ut som ett drömhem. Helt underbart vackert. Jag skulle byta närsom trots spindlarReplyDelete
Härligt att du är tillbaka
Förstår att det hänt saker i ditt liv, skönt ochReplyDelete
höra att du har det bra. Och ett jättefint nytt
hus, det ser så mysigt och sådär härligt lantligt
engelskt ut. Stor kram till dig vännen
Helena !!..it looks like a dream home for me.....!!! wowwwww...love that cottage !!....i am very curious about the inside darling...welcome back again !! i am so glad you did....lovely weekend ...love Ria...x !ReplyDelete
Your "new" cottage is absolutely darling. I love the view from your window, the area in front of the house to sit and enjoy a cup of tea. I can't wait to see what you'll do inside!ReplyDelete
That place looks like out of "Escape to the Country" and I'm sure you will turn it into paradise. I hope the winds of change have slowed down and that happiness will turn back to you and your new home. You just deserve it. The view from your kitchen windows is heart warming. Take care and have a lovely Sunday.
let me tell you how I love your blog!
I am really looking forward to your posts now and in future.
Your little cottage is sooo beautiful!
I love the image with the sheep and window.
Have a great sunday,
Congratulations for the new house, it´s beautiful!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful little place, so glad your back you have been missed xxReplyDelete
Hello Helena, nice of you to read.ReplyDelete
beautiful photos once again!
So lovely. Welcome home.ReplyDelete
wonderful blog ... VěraReplyDelete
Oh I long to live I. A home of stone beauty, your pathways of pea gravel and the European charm, why oh why? Can I not find my dream home like this.ReplyDelete
Would love to see the charm of the inside as well.
Just beautifully full of inspiring dreams.
Blessings to you
Congratulations on your new move! Your cottage is adorable! Not that long ago I salvaged an old ladder about to be tossed at the reclamation center. I have no idea what I'll do with it one day, but love the looks of it... xoReplyDelete
I really like your blog! What a beautiful house !ReplyDelete
Största varmaste kramen till dig kära vän.♥ReplyDelete
Ta hand om dig och jag är glad att du är tillbaka i bloggvärlden igen. Du har varit saknad.
Kram på dig
Thanks for the hug , it is been a long time since someone hug me cause i am really busy looking for an potential customer as an real estate agent.Well i agree that you have a nice blog.ReplyDelete
Oh Helena, I seemed to have missed your last post of a couple of weeks ago so have just been catching up.ReplyDelete
Your new home looks utterly adorable. I have a penchant for small houses and cottages and even though I loved your old home, well this .... I'm swooning with anticipation of the delights to come!
I do hope all is OK with you.
Your cottage is a beauty, Helena, and I know it will blossom under your creativity and care. I hope you find much peace and happiness in your new home.ReplyDelete
What a stunning view Helena. Gazing out of your window on a beautiful Spring day to see Number 41 merrily grazing on lush green carpets glistening with morning dew, what a treat! The cottage looks so pretty and has a very happy aura about it. The horseshoe is also up the right way, that's always a great start.ReplyDelete
Sooooooooooooo schön. Liebe Grüße aus Österreich EvelineReplyDelete
I discovered your beautiful blog this morning over coffee. Lovely, lovely, thank you for making it available!!ReplyDelete
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