Sunday, 19 April 2009

A tour of Lexie

Lexie is an old, converted and 'barely' modernised crofters cottage that sits further up the hill at the back of Edith's garden. Edith is a near neighbour and has lovingly had this once ruin of a crofters cottage restored. There was no way that Janne (Niels' sister) was going to return to Denmark before she had had a tour of the cottage.
There are 39 steps up to Lexie. Edith skips up and down them in her trainers!
Janne and I took a more leisurely pace!
Edith doesn't live in the cottage, she has a cosy little house back down the hill with water and electricity, but this is where she comes with her family, children and grand children, to play and to camp, to light fires, to roam the hills, to have fun and adventures.
The kitchen/dining room
where the family gather for meals, they light candles in place of  light switches.
 
Next door to the main room.
The living area, full of lovingly placed treasures, and of course, all treasures  have a story to tell
This wooden bowl, a 'find' from her sister in law that Edith has polished and polished with wax until it glows warm and mellow
 They don't make clothes pegs like these anymore!
An old foot plough makes a good shelf for a candle
Paintings by one of Edith's grand children - I think! I was trying to pay attention.
Edith and her hammock - she says it's really very comfortable and you can have the best night's sleep ever.
Then she shot up the ladder. She was so quick I couldn't focus the camera! She needs 'go faster' stripes on her sides! It's impossible not to be impressed by Edith. She won't mind I'm sure when I say she is in her eighties and apart from a recent really nasty cold, that left her feeling tired, she is as fit as a fiddle with masses of energy and enthusiasm.
'Rest and be thankful' it says.
And that's just what Edith likes to do, until she remembers she hasn't shown us the out side loo!
Rain water is collected and stored in a barrel.
The loo itself is a compost affair. All very clean and sanitary involving wood shavings.
 
A little discussion on waste products!
 
Thank you Edith. Lexie is a truly delightful and magical place. Janne and I  thoroughly enjoyed our tour.

2 comments:

Susan said...

This post is just lovely in every way! I'm not sure how I found my way here, but I've been reading your blog for awhile, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I'm always happy when there's a new post to read! You live in such a beautiful place, and I love your happy gratitude and appreciation of simple beauty.

Susan

annie hoff said...

Hello Susan!
I was so excited to get your comment on my blog. It's such an incredible feeling when someone you don't know drops by. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy my blog. And now I've discovered 'High Desert Home' - but do I understand you'll be leaving it?
It looks beautiful.

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