Have you ever noticed how in January, you begin to see lots of television ads for holiday companies? It’s a time of year when everyone has Christmas fatigue, cold weather fatigue and probably ‘Dry January’ fatigue as well! What better way to get ourselves out of that fug than booking a week away?
We were browsing one of those holiday company websites when we came across this historic Welsh holiday cottage. Located between the remote beaches of Abermawr and Aberbach in Pembrokshire, the cottage once served as a hut for storing cables back in the early days of international telephone communication. You’ll find little nods to its previous life in the cable spool coffee table and other vintage industrial homewares and furniture. Eye-catching, locally-produced, Melin Tregwynt woollen textiles are dotted throughout the cottage bringing flashes of colour and texture, whilst also softening the hard surfaces of the space.
Our finger is hovering over the ‘book’ button!
- Customised Welsh signs
- Vintage roadworks lamp
- Concrete table lamp
- Glass storage jar with rope handle
- Melin Tregwynt ‘Mondo’ cushion, red
- Melin Tregwynt ‘Madison’ cushion, red
- Metal basket on wheels
- Red & white stripe throw
- John Lewis The Basics Alpha bed frame, double, grey
We’ll certainly have no excuses if our knowledge of home isn’t up to scratch any more. We recently made a bulk purchase of about 20 large vintage school wall maps. Produced by G W Bacon in the 1950s, many feature the British Isles – and cover every aspect of its geography – towns, roads, railways, population density, industries, geology, rivers, relief, contours, isotherms, isobars and rainfall.
It’s been very enjoyable sorting through them. They’re 60 years old – so slightly out-of-date in some respects, but no less interesting. It’s often the differences between ‘then & now’ found on these old maps & globes that are fascinating. The ‘traditional industry’ map illustrates this perfectly. If you click on each image you can view them in greater detail.
In addition to their educational value, these vintage maps are also very decorative in terms of graphic design and colour. They look great in a library, study or office space. We’ve hung a row of them along a long hallway. We’re going to keep a few and sell a few of this particular batch. Some have gone into our antiques centre space and we’ve also listed 3 or 4 on eBay this week.
It didn’t take much thought for our choice for Pick of the Pads this month.
We’re already quite familiar with this gorgeous Welsh cottage, Bryn Eglur, owned & renovated by Dorian Bowen – and when it appeared in this month’s Country Living Magazine we just had to share it with you.
For Justin in particular, it’s a real favourite house from years of scouring interiors magazines.
The word character was probably invented for it!
It’s cosy & comfortable with perfect retreats to eat, sleep or read.
It’s packed full of gorgeous country antiques too. An oak dresser filled with pottery & pewter, spindle back chairs, settles and spoon racks.
Spaces are softened with textiles & fresh flowers.
Perfect, photogenic corners everywhere you look!
It’s full of traditional charm, but there’s also no sense of it being in a museum with modern facilities such as this gorgeous kitchen.
And the best thing is… if you love it as much as we do, you can stay there!! Yes, it’s a holiday let! And for those fellow dog owners out there – your treasured pooches are welcome too.
It’s one of those cottages that offers a good location to explore the area, but also provides a gorgeous home to relish every hour you spend relaxing indoors. Perfect indeed!
Our World Dolls Series has reached Wales – The Land of Our Fathers.
Illustrations are by J. Sirr – and they highlight the tradition, scenery & industry of the region.
Our tour guide is Bronwen, resplendent in her national costume. She’s rightly proud of her national identity & her country’s long history…
…and the Welsh tradition of poetry, music, song & dance – celebrated at the annual Eisteddfod.
She’s also equally proud of her little cottage where she spins wool…
This is a lovely image – people gathered for a bit of a do – wearing their brightly coloured wools & tall hats.
The mining industry was still going strong when these little books were written in the 1960s. Alas, we fear it would be impossible to hear miners singing on their way home from work today.
Wales packs so much into a small area. Busy cities, market towns & heavy industry – majestic mountains & ancient wooded valleys – farms & fishing harbours – river estuaries, historical buildings, seaside resorts & stunning beaches.
As with all the books in this series, the author Irene Dark and the various illustrators chosen from the Birmingham School of Design do such a great job of capturing the charm & spirit of the country.
We’ll be crossing the sea to Ireland for our next trip. See you there!