Friday, September 9, 2011

A BRITISH WELCOME. . . . . .


On our trip from the Heathrow Airport in London and about half way to
our B&B, we stopped at an old grist mill built in the 16th century.  It
was functioning as a village business with offices on the water
side of this building.  The old, mossy stone walls and rooftop so
wonderful and endearing.








Stone walls, leaded windows and mossy roof tops




Bridge views at the mill












Our next stop was our home for the week. . . .BLACK ROW FARM




This is the Thrashing Barn, 17th century
that was a part of our surroundings every day.





Beautiful fresh pink roses greated us at the entrance
that had been picked from Annie's garden.  Annie owned
this B&B.

 







Our welcoming bouquet clipped from Annie's front yard garden.




When the additions were decided upon and a B&B in Annie's future,
she chose Dutch architecture.  Three old delapidated barns had to
be removed before building even began.




Outside of the kitchen window revealed acres of green fields
and flowers.




Centuries of old wooden beams and plaster.





Old weathered fences . . .



The drive beyond the entrance gate with winding stone walls
that welcomed us daily as we came home to our cozy surroundings.






The thatched roof home of our innkeeper surrounded by stone
walls that were centuries old.  Her gardens still young, but beautiful.



Loved this little patch of flowers. . .





The pasture beyond the kitchen door.




More stone walls and patios. . .





A welcoming bit of sustenance. . . . . fresh breads, cheeses, fruits and pates. . .
all beautifully and lovingly prepared by Diana whom you will meet. 








Another welcoming bouquet. . .


AND

tomorrow, to Mr. Pott's garden, a lifetime gardener with grounds
you just won't believe. . . .












2 comments:

The French Tangerine said...

Oh man am I glad you are there and that you have a camera and that you are posting these spectacular images!!! Thank you! Can't wait for more!
Jan

lifeonthecutoff said...

Just delightful, Mary Anne. I love stone walls and those curved ones are, well, as you say, they are endearing. There is so much charm to an old mill, isn't there? Echoing Jan's comment above - more!