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April 30, 2015

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Christine Laennec

Dear Lucy, I always enjoy your posts but this one was very special. We live in a terraced house in Glasgow that was built in 1904. It has beautiful carved wooden features, and plasterwork, and its first owner was a Master Joiner. I don't know if he took part in building it. There are unevennesses and idiocyncracies, and I love that about the house - real people crafted it. Our neighbourhood is all terraced houses, and is very friendly. We're really lucky that the houses have both a front and a back garden. In our back garden we have a summerhouse, and I'm half-way through making a crochet bunting from your pattern, albeit with all different colours of yarn (as you suggested on your blog). We have a little pond and small trees in our back garden, and although we can hear and see the neighbours in their gardens on a summer's afternoon, it still feels private. If a child is crying, or someone's having a barbecue, it doesn't feel like an imposition on your own life, because you know that child, and you want them to enjoy their barbecue. Lastly, the lanes are an important part of our neighbourhood too.

Pamela Loy

Oh Lucy, you are so much a girl after my own heart! Thank you for all of the colour which you share in your blog.

Susan Smith

Hi Lucy, I'm that funny lady that follows and only comments occasionally as you've so many followers. Can't tell much about my home at the moment as we are just about to move again, back to where we'd lived for 10 years. After 12 months here in Ballarat (in Oz), I can't do a big town with 100,000 population and where we were (pop. 13,000) is much friendlier, prettier and somewhere we felt settled more than we'd ever done. The silly things you do when retirement age hits. I've decided to blog about our move again, so others know what happens in peoples lives sometimes. Thanks for the tour around your town, which I've actually spent many lovely hours in whilst on holiday in UK, especially last year. Love your blog, so take care and thanks again.

michelle

We live in a rented 1930s post-modern semi-detached house in Birmingham. It's a bit run down and has subsidence which the landlord doesn't seem bothered about but it means the house moves. For a while the doors will close but 6 months later they may not even meet the frames then in another 6 months they will close again. My daughter's bedroom window no longer opens and I don't think it will be too long before it is so twisted that it cracks. Still, it's home for now. We have a tiny triangular back garden and a larger front garden as we are on a corner. This gives us the room to park both cars off road and park my little 5 berth "craftavan" down the side of the house. I love my van, it's my yarn studio where I spin, weave and paint. It was bought for me by my husband for £40 off an auction site and I've decorated and made the inside waterproof. It's not road worthy but it's great a little studio full of colour. It was inspired by you, Lucy.

We are both retraining to get better jobs in the hope we can move out of the city and buy a house with a bit more land somewhere further north. I dream of waking up and looking out over fields and countryside, of having privacy, of not living 12 feet away from people a don't like (annoying, nosy neighbours). I want to wake up to the sound of birds, sheep and cattle, not people shouting, cars revving and handbrake turning outside the house! Where ever we end up has to have room for my little van.

Lisa Wallace

Hi Lucy,
Oh I love the history and the old houses of England. I couldn't get enough of all your scrummy pictures. I can't get over the massive blue bins everywhere! Spoils the view just a little.
I live in Auckland, NZ which is the biggest city in NZ. Trying to find your little piece of wonderful can be hard. We live in a suburb about 15 mins from the central city which is very sort after. Terraced house here in NZ isn't very common like where you are from. But maybe one day it will become the way of housing as they try to cram more people closer to the city.
Anyhow...We have a teeny tiny 'townhouse' and just as teeny tiny backyard. I dream of paddocks, alpacas and a donkey but I have to settle for suburbia for now...and a really cool clothes line! I'm feeling a blog post coming on showing how pretty my piece of the world is...
Thanks for sharing.
Lxx

stephanie mallon

Hi Lucy
We live on the edge of the pennies in a small village that has its own bowling green. Our house is relatively new (10 years old). We live in the middle of a row of 3 houses and have a lovely garden at the front and a garden at the back, which is decked and has my lovely little garden office that my husband built for me last year. Our houses are built on a site where a printing mill used to be. My grandparents used to work in this mill, isn't it a small world! I really appreciate sitting in my garden looking at the hill at the side of us, listening to the birds and enjoying the ever changing landscape. We have a lot of birds visiting our garden and of course our resident squirrel! There are also deer in the area but I am yet to be lucky enough to see one.

Catriona Davis

Dear Lucy,
Next weekend we make our big move from our modern rural cottage in South Norfolk to a really rural Victorian farmhouse on the Isle of Islay in the Hebrides.
This blog gives you an idea of the house from the outside this January.
http://blog.islayinfo.com/article.php/islay-farmland-walk-balole-farmhouse
We will be up a 3.6mile farm track with views over the Paps of Jura. As you ascend or descend the track to the house, you catch globes of view of the sea (Loch Indaal), the inland lochs (Skerrols) and the beautiful Bridgend woods which should be full of bluebells by the time we move next week

The house is rented from the Islay Estate so things like the kitchen cupboards are dated but it has glorious touches like Belfast sinks and huge open spaces. The views are literally amazing.

I can't wait to move in and add our homely touches, I think my little boy is going to love it!

Xx

Kate

What a great post Lucy... Wonderful to read all the interesting comments from around the world too. "East, West- Home's Best" as they say. Greetings from my half acre patch of the Worcestershire countryside which is currently awash with blossom from the apple, pear and plum trees for which this area is famous, 1920's detached village cottage, beautiful Cotswold views from my kitchen window are the best thing about my home, constant mess and clutter are the worst!

Christine Anderson

I loved your post Lucy. I live in Australia on 20 acres in regional Victoria. We have a big front yard with a glorious Golden Elm tree, which brings me so much joy. I love basking in its presence while crocheting or painting. The leaves are changing colour and beginning to shed. I wish I could post you a picture. Thanks for your blog and inspirational ideas. You bring so much colour to my life.

Libby Parker

Lovely post, Lucy! I so enjoy learning about your neighborhood. I have lived all over the U.S. Currently, I live in Northern Illinois in a city which was once a huge producer of machine parts. Now it is trying to find its place again and the old downtown is slowly coming back to life. We rent a delightful old 1950's bungalow that has beautiful, warm wood window frames and even a couple of sliding doors. Lots of front and back yard that I wish I could turn into garden rather than lawn.

Janet cox

Hello! I love your blog. I'm from Charleston, SC and live in the suburbs. My neighborhood is a big circle made up of little houses with very little yards. Charleston is on the coast so it's only about a 30 minute drive from my house to the beach. I love how you can walk to everything in your town and the boats along the canal are wonderful. Thank you for the peek around your neighborhood!

Tory Gadomski

Lucy, I just loved your post, this is the first time I've commented, your blog was the very first blog I have ever read, I was looking for anything to do with crochet and began reading your blog from the beginning, I love how generous you are with sharing all things to do with crochet and the snippets of your life, I live on the west coast of Canada in a cul-de-sac and my back yard backs onto a fishing easement, in the fall the salmon return from the ocean to spawn up the creek past our house, we built our home and it's a constant work in progress. I do like to see how others live and the area they are in, I'm a fan of British shows and just love all the scenery, I used to have a clothesline from my back sundeck to a tree in the yard, but being a cottonwood tree and on the property before we built it fell during a storm, I miss the smell of laundry drying out in the sun. We built our house in the early 1990's so there is no added history. I really appreciate your blog, it's such a pleasure to read.

Christy

Thanks so much for this beautiful post, Lucy! It's so neat to hear what life is like in row houses, especially since I live in Canada and wide open spaces and can barely image life in such close quarters. But I can imagine it a little because I watch Coronation Street! ;)

Carolyn Allison

Hello Lucy! I live in Pearland, Texas, just south of Houston. My 3 bedroom house sits on half an acre. It is very hot and humid here during the summer, since I am about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. My neighbors don't socialize much, and just about everyone works during the day. I truly enjoy your blog. A friend, Annie, and I are thinking about going to Yarndale in 2016. Maybe we will see each other!

Sue Munn

Wonderful post! I live in a small city in central Indiana, in an old neighborhood in a house built in 1936. It's a cottages house with dormer windows in front and a lovely lawn in front, with a good-sized back yard. It's a cozy house that we've lived in for almost 30 years, and I hope we can stay another 30. That would make me 91.......but it could happen!

louise

What a gorgeous town you live in!
I live in a 1970s single story 3 bedroom house in Melbourne's southwest. Every house in our street was built around the same time but all look different. We've got a great sized backyard with nashi pear trees and a huge lemon tree that hasnt stopped fruiting in 3 years!
We're 10 minutes walk away from the beach and 3 minutes walk from a lovely parkland with a small lake.
Our neighbours wave to each other and we sometimes chat but generally people keep to themselves. It's around school life that theres that real sense of community.
Thanks for sharing!

Spécialiste de l'éphémère

This does not exist in my country, and I appreciate it so much when I go in the U.K.!
Your photos are so nice... this is all I love about the U.K.!

linda nichols

Hi Lucy, I live in a 1921 craftsman bungalow in Tacoma Washington. It is in a little neighborhood called the Proctor District in the city of Tacoma. We have a few main streets with shops, a library, 2 grocery stores and schools within blocks. My grandson goes to the same school his daddy and uncles did. I am very attached to my home. I once bought the house across the street, missed my home and moved back again. There is a plate rail with china teacups in the dining room and a swing on the porch. My home comforts me and is my calm shelter.

Leslie

I live in an older neighborhood in Orrville, Ohio. We used to have a small farm, but when my husband had a heart attack 2 years ago and became disabled, we lost our farm. We still live in a rural area, though, surrounded by farms and the Amish. Our house faces a railyard, and it's certainly not the pretty, country setting we were used to---but the neighborhood is nice---blue collar, for sure. We used to have acres separating us from our neighbors, now we have houses right on either side and behind us, with the busy railroad in front. We are lucky, though, we do have a backyard, and while it needs A LOT of work to make it nice, I'm looking forward to making something out of it. We also have some beautiful, huge, old, maple trees in the back---so while I don't have the sunny spaces for a huge vegetable garden like I used to have, my sunny spaces are much smaller and I'll have to be creative to grow veggies and herbs here. It's possible, though. The neighborhood was built to house workers for the railroad and the Smucker's factory (jams and jellies) and the Smith Dairy. Orrville is an industrious small town, surrounded by farms all around. I miss my land, my big gardens and my chickens, but I have found that I really enjoy living in this small town. The streets in the neighborhood are lined with cherry trees. We can see into each other's yards, but that encourages neighborliness, which wasn't so present in the country. The railroad isn't as busy as it was 100 years ago---we get probably 8 trains a day, but the tracks in front of our house are only for holding cars while they add or take off cars from the lines. So, most of the time it is relatively quiet around here. It's actually more quiet than our house in the country---because we lived on a rural highway and had semi trucks speeding past constantly and it was a busy road. Now, we live on a dead end street so the only traffic is from the 4 houses on our section. Which is really nice, actually. The best part of living where we do is that 5 minutes away, we are in the country and the rolling hills of Holmes county---where the biggest settlement of Amish farms are--in the world. It's really beautiful, traveling the back roads, over hills---seeing beautiful farm after farm. We do live in a beautiful spot!

Anne Rees

Hi Lucy I live in a 1913 end terrace in the Midlands. We have tried to keep the original features: quarry tiled floor in dining room, wide wooden floorboards in sitting room, picture and dado rails, log burners in opened up fire places, original doors, country kitchen with belfast sink. Its a bit of a mismatch but its (as a friend once told me) 'homely, welcoming and there is always something interesting to look at' The back garden
(we don't have a front one) is cottage style with an old pigsty that we have renovated. Trying to post a picture for you but can't seem to manage it

Carme

Muchas felicidades Lucy por tu blog es fantástico. Nosotros nos mudamos hace 30 años de una gran ciudad (Barcelona) a un pueblecito de unos 500 habitantes, entre pinos y montañas. Al principio no podíamos dormir, por que no oíamos ruidos solo el canto de los pájaros. Tenemos buenos vecinos. Ahora en el pueblo seremos mas de 3000 habitantes, pero sigue conservando el aroma a pueblo. Gracias por ser así eres una artista con todo lo que haces

April Lindsay

I like in a Victorian mid terrace in West Yorkshire. Weve made it into a lovely home but we don't have a garden at all, not even a yard, so we want to move. I'd be happy with a terraced house again just as long as it has a garden. :)

Wendy Willis

Hi Lucy, I have today completed contracts on our new home in Cornwall. It is a 1935 detached 3 bed bungalow. It needs lots of titivating. Tomorrow, my OH will be putting up a new fence to stop our little terrier escaping into the neighbours veg plot, whilst I will be back and forth with car loads of boxes from our rented house. We have a crossover period of a month so that we can do some of the renovations. We are having a log burner installed and the walls and ceilings plastered in the lounge and master bedroom. I'm squealing with excitement, as we have saved so hard for this dream place. If you lived closer, you'd be welcome to pop in for a cuppa. X

Bonnie K.

I have enjoyed your blog for many years, but this posting is one of the best. Like you, I am curious about how other people live and the decorating choices they make. I really enjoyed reading a book by Witold Rybczynski called "Home: A Short History of an Idea" that I think you would like. He is an architect, former professor of urban planning and now a writer living in my neighborhood of eastern PA.

We live in the woods. We have neighbors we like, but don't see them that often. We have many deer so the garden must have plants they don't like. For example, I can grow daffodils but not tulips. I love where I live, although this past winter was a tough one. There were many times when your cheery post was the brightest part of a cold, dark, wintry day.

I wonder who lived here 1,000 years ago when Skipton was a settled community.

Tizabell

Hi Lucy. We lived many years all over Europe in cozy little villages without much space between houses, so I know just what you mean about that neighborhood culture. Now we live in the high desert of Arizona and while it takes a bit longer to get to know the neighbors, turns out the relationships are no less rewarding than what we had in Europe. The neighbors are actually quite colorful and a bit eccentric. Something about living in a harsh environment with the threat of rattlesnakes, bears, and wildcats creates unique characters I guess, lol!

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