Go to bed in your fireplace and sleep like a log
The “Cottage for Two” has plenty of charm and comfort, but it doesn’t have a fireplace. I grew up in a Georgian house with a fireplace in the living room, dining room, master bedroom and one more that had been covered up in my bedroom. Seated round the fireplace, there is a black and white glossy photo of my parents, my mother holding a black cocker spaniel on her lap, and me reading a book. It looks like a set piece from a film in the late 1940’s and remained the same long after I had married and moved away from home.
Now without a fireplace I will miss the mantle the most, especially at Christmas time. It’s back to my current dilemma of ‘stuff’ and what to do with it now that we have sized down. The fire screen photographed above has been left behind, given to a dear friend who found it for me in the corner of a antique/cottage style store while we were out on an adventure. I was delighted to gift her with what we both fell in love with, but unhappy nonetheless to have parted from this screen with my colors! Looking for the silver lining in things, it occurs to me that I can turn the counter top between the living room and kitchen area into a Christmas mantle. This miniature Nativity must have a new home, mantle or not.