|Whoops - shame I didn't put the removable roof back on straight!|
I wanted the cottage to look rooted in the landscape so I wrapped the hill around one corner, liberally sprinkled it with primroses, ferns and clumps of grass and added a gnarled tree, just coming into leaf. The beauty (and fun) of hand building from scratch without plans and pre-cut pieces is that it can (and does) grow and develop as the mood and inspiration takes me.....sometimes it's quite hard to stop!
|The hill and tree were lovely to create|
Stone walls are aged, marked by the weather and growing moss and lichen while the doors and widows are patched and creaky so the building has a well-loved and lived in feel about it I hope. I thought an old thatched roof would be appropriate in this setting, and this too is mossy, pretty ancient and probably in need of rethatching!
|Sprays of Winter Jasmine cling to the corner|
Overall the cottage is just under 7 inches high to the top of the roof and stands on a base 6 x 4 inches, and will be for sale first on our stand at The Thame Dolls House and Miniature Fair on 22nd February.
|Interior of Spring Cottage with the roof removed|