There are many benefits to living in Carlingcott – the rolling hills, lovely neighbours… and the cow farm over the road which gives a year-round supply of fantastic manure for our garden!
We’re stocking up again for a second year with manure that we’ll plant our squashes and pumpkins into. They can withstand its potency at the moment, and by next spring it will have rotted down enough for us to dig into the vegetable beds.
Free fertiliser – what more could you ask for? 😀
Today we had a visitor to the garden. Asbo Bob as we call our neighbour’s chicken, was roaming around as she does, hanging out on street corners and such. We bought her over and she spent a hour helping us clear the raised beds. Community service. Thanks Asbo Bob!
We just bought our first home – a 15th Century cottage tucked away in the little hamlet of Carlingcott on the south side of Bath – it was love at first sight!
The cottage is just gorgeous – it was done up extensively in 2005 with an extension to the back very much in keeping with the old stone style, but with a new kitchen, bathroom, dining area and master bedroom added. The original house must have been very small with just two rooms!
Apparently there would have been just a sleeping platform, and we’ve been told that originally animals would have been kept downstairs. The original beams are still in place so you can see where the old roof would have been, although when the thatch was replaced the height of the ceiling was increased so a new structure now sits above it.
A stone spiral staircase gives a huge dose of character to a home that wasn’t exactly lacking anyway, and a Rayburn and wood fire will keep us toasty warm through the winter.
We’re so excited to be finally in our new home, after nearly two years of searching for the perfect spot. Carlingcott seems like a really friendly little village (we’ve been given chocolate brownies and wine by the neighbours!) so we’re looking forward to settling in.