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Slate roof and eaves
Slate roof and eaves by Helen in Wales
Slate roof and eaves, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

10/52 for the group T189 alphabet challenge

The set theme was: E is for Eaves

These old cottages are just on the edge of town and they have interesting wavy eaves over the upstairs windows.

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lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: March 9th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, I like this.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 9th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I think they're some of the oldest cottages in town, just a couple of hundred yards past our house (which is a mere 30 years old).
From: coldhighmountai Date: March 9th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


would love to see the inside of those. are they apartments ?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 9th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: oooh

Going by the number of front doors, it's two two-storey cottages joined together.

Somehow the modern road has ended up higher than their front doors. I don't know whether they've always been below road level or whether the road got raised as it was given modern surfaces and improved.
inamac From: inamac Date: March 9th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's lovely - both subject and photograph. I've never seen slate eaves. It's a pity the modern gutters ruin the line of the original window (though you can't have open runnoff onto roads these days!)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 10th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Interestingly, I think some of the oldest cottages used to be thatched, but the Snowdonia National Park would have a fit if you tried to take the slate off and re-thatch them. :)
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: March 9th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I love them!
sartorias From: sartorias Date: March 10th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 10th, 2013 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I do sometimes wish that we lived in a lovely old cottage. They have stone floors and old beams and big fireplaces. But then I remember the years we lived in old youth hostels and how we had to run round putting buckets under drips when it rained and how cold they could be and how much it costs to keep an old building maintained and then suddenly our new little house with central heating that comes on at the flick of a switch doesn't seem so bad. :)
sartorias From: sartorias Date: March 10th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, so I have read. It would have to be an extra snug place--either that or with modernity secretly built in. I do vaguely recollect staying in a couple of cool old places, back when I traveled in England in '72, that were horribly inconvenient in the article of bathrooms and hot water. Very much an afterthought. AFter enduring many huge bathtubs on feet with a tiny trickle of lukewarm water, in enormous (or weirdly shaped) high-celinged rooms that were feeezing cold, I did miss our blasting hot showers in my otherwise utterly undistinguished home.
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