Some of the neighbouring houses here have changed hands and a new crop of busy familes have taken over. The gardens have matured over the years and trees, shrubs etc. have altered the landscape. This is now when it is a good idea to […]
I have been fascinated by historic houses for many years. There is one thing though that never escapes me, whether I’m accompanied or not – the lighting in these heritage properties. I have been helping out at a local place that has reently opened up […]
We live in a small township, in fact our houses are the last of the big executive detached style from the early 2000s before the need to downsize became the bye word in house building. The town houses of today are generally much narrower and have 3 floors, some with underground garage, but more likely none at all. The lighting schemes are all eco friendly on the new estates too – none of the glowing up skywards, it’s all low energy lighting, pointing downwards with only as much as is needed for the purposes. Yet when my first house was built, there was no electricity and therefore no lights. It was a funny dark little place, the staircase seemed to loom enormous as one approached the front door and even with the biggest bulb in the hall, it always seemed oppressive. Lighting is so important for raising moods as well as making one feel safe.
I had the interesting opportunity of visiting a recently moved into school house conversion – right out in the sticks and the sort of place that would be jumped at on the escaping the rat race kind of tv lifestyle shows. It has huge space, […]
Gosh where did that last year go? It just doesn’t seem possible that only a few short weeks ago I was sat here regaling you all with my tales of the past month and the wonderful displays we had with the neighbourhood lighting themes. There […]
Christmas lights – there being so many different types of them these days, it is utterly bewildering. When we were small, the most exciting thing in our village was the Major at the top of the hill who used to put brightly coloured lights around his gable fronted porch. He had one of those stunningly gorgeous 1920s romantic Arts and Crafts style of house with pretty lead pane windows and a lovely solid oak front door hiding within that impressive porch. It was a really beautiful house and i’ve coveted it for over 50 years!
Anyway the Major was well known for being a bit crusty – but he always lit up the porch and a few years later extended this talent to the very cute little fir trees in the middle of each of his immaculate front lawns. I never fail to think of this wonderful spectacle when I see my neighbours’ efforts with their bulb encrusted Bambis !
Getting out there for the annual firework display – that used to be the highlight of my birthday celebratory period. Although born in October, I always had the honour of having a family sized box of fireworks and a belated party as part of our […]
The summer holidays are well and truly over – the excitement that comes with the third week of July – school’s out and the holidays are here . . . Families able to travel ever farther afield for their annual two weeks of sea and sun; there is no end to the inspirational themes that can be recalled and copied once home. I know of two families near me who absolutely love going to Morrocco, they travel independently these days and stay in various ‘home from homes’ . They eat in with the families and bring back fantastic recipes dating back hundreds of years. They also use all kinds of interesting ways of lighting their gardens up – not just the usual string of lights. There are huge candle shaped lights and one family has little bonfire effect braziers. Admittedly, it is easier to turn on a switch, but for sheer romance, autumn being heralded with bedhouin lights is so much more interesting!