Picturesque English Cottages and Their Doorway Gardens

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J.C. Winston Company, 1905 - Architecture, Domestic - 112 pages

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Page 29 - If I ever become a rich man, Or if ever I grow to be old, I will build a house with deep thatch To shelter me from the cold, And there shall the Sussex songs be sung And the story of Sussex told.
Page 91 - You shall have sometimes fair houses so full of glass that one cannot tell where to become to be out of the sun or cold.
Page 104 - Watch an old building with an anxious care; guard it as best you may, and at any cost, from every influence of dilapidation. Count its stones as you would jewels of a crown; set watches about it as if at the gates of a besieged city; bind it together with iron where it loosens; stay it with timber where it declines; do not care about the unsightliness of the aid: better a crutch than...
Page 104 - I'll be as certain to make him a good dish of meat, as I was to catch him. I'll now lead you to an honest ale-house where we shall find a cleanly room, lavender in the windows, and twenty ballads stuck about the wall...
Page 68 - Ailing is the hall each day in the week Where the lord nor the lady liketh not to sit. Now hath each rich man a rule to eaten by himself In a privy parlour, for poor men's sake, Or in a chamber with a chimney, and leave the chief hall That was made for meals and men to eaten in.
Page 43 - To all indeed, present and absent, who are descended from the first "gardener Adam and his wife," the benefits of such a society are obvious. In the culture of flowers there cannot, by their very nature, be anything solitary or exclusive. The wind that blows over the cottager's porch, sweeps also over the grounds of the nobleman ; and as the rain descends on the just and on the unjust, so it communicates to all gardeners, both rich and poor, an interchange of pleasure and enjoyment ; and the gardener...
Page 92 - About ninety years ago, noblemen's and gentlemen's coats were of the bedels and yeomen of the guards, ie gathered at the middle. The benchers in the inns of court yet retain that fashion in the make of their gowns.
Page 96 - ... laid ready to receive the grouting or cement. In one night, the whole mass was conveyed, without the loss of a single stone, to the summit of a steep hill on the opposite bank, and apparently without any visible signs of the mode of removal.
Page 15 - Falls the retired antiquated cot : — Its roof with weeds and mosses cover'd o'er, And honeysuckles climbing round the door; While mantling vines along its walls are spread, And clustering ivy decks the chimney's head.
Page 57 - A citizen is no sooner proprietor of a couple of yews, but he entertains thoughts of erecting them into Giants, like those of Guildhall. I know an eminent cook, who beautified his country seat with a coronation dinner in greens ; where you see the champion flourishing on horseback at one end of the table, and the queen in perpetual youth at the other.

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