Cottage by the sea

Did you ever play house outside when you were a child?  I did.  I remember setting up little outdoor kitchens where ever I could.  Under the water tank stand, in a small clearing amongst the overgrown shrubs or under the enormous pepper tree at my grandmothers house.  An upturned box for a table, an old jar filled with soursops and utensils made from found bits and pieces, cooking dishes with leaves and petals and mud. I would happily play for hours at a time.

I only recalled those childhood memories this week as we stayed at Lily Cottage.  A tiny rustic cottage, one L-shaped room, sparsely furnished with second hand finds and a kitchen filled with gorgeous vintage treasure.  Prettily painted windows frame views of the cottage garden and out over lush green pastures to the ocean beyond. No fridge, no oven, no electricity and a sink outside for washing up.  It's totally basic, totally rustic and totally charming.  It reminded me of a grown up version of playing house. And that's what I did on our seaside holiday.  Cooked delicious food and played house.  Just like I did all those years ago.












19 comments:

  1. It sounds like the perfect holiday, getting back to basics.
    The yellow daisies look so sweet against the rustic backdrop. x

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  2. it looks like you all had a brilliant time... i love that floral carpet and the daisy & red window frame is so gorgeous. i hope you are all refreshed & revitalised after your break :)

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  3. It does look like a quaint little cubbyhouse. I also love that carpet- I remember it in old people's homes when I was little. Rarely seen anymore. :(

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  4. What a wonderful holiday ... good food, vintage treasures, great setting ... HEAVEN!

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  5. I'm reminded of our friends cubby house as a child, where we spent so much time playing house and pretending to cook, or gathering weeds and native flowers to display in old jars in our 'house'. It was a wonderful cubby, made of found wood and corro and a very old stove. Always fun to play!

    Looks like a lovely holiday. Lovely photos. :)

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  6. Looks like the ideal spot to unwind & get away from the everyday routine of things. Enjoy!

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  7. What fun to play house as an adult, looks like the perfect holiday, lovely pics. Xx

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  8. Yes, we played outside, but I was too busy riding my pretend pony to cook! That carpet reminds me of my Gran's house.

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  9. Oh what delicious details Michelle! gorgeous gorgeous photos.

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  10. It looks and sounds perfect!
    Almost makes our caravan with it's fridhe and coker seem like the Hilton. I hope you keep a bit of that holiday, adventurous feeling when you get home.

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  11. How absolutely magical to be able to escape to your childhood with your family. Thankyou for sharing your gorgeous memories and photos :)

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  12. oh my....just got goosebumps looking at this place!

    Simplicity divine!

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  13. Aah that carpet. My nanna used to have that in her house.
    Looks like a divine little spot in which to play house again.

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  14. i love to play house. photos are beautiful.

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  15. I love these pics, happy, cozy, sunny, warm. Wonderful holiday days.

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  16. I adore this! Where is it? you are in tassie right? We are heading down there hopefully soon - I would LOVE to go!

    ~b

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  17. The first rule of Lily's cottage is don't post about it on the internet.

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