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Well, that was quick

I promised a picture of the inglenook with the fire lit. I didn’t think it would be so soon. It is cold here. (Pics still don’t really do it justice, but here’s a bigger one in color).

This is the view from where I’m sitting right now, at my computer. I lean over a little, and there it is.

I was playing Skyrim one night when I looked up and realized my house in real life is as cool as my house in Whiterun. Word.

A wiseass might ask what the point of the computer game is then, but that’s a dumb question. England doesn’t legally allow me to shoot people and steal their stuff, duh.


Comment from BJM
Time: September 25, 2018, 8:18 pm

What a beauty and cosy too!

Isn’t life interesting? Didja ever imagine you’d end up a Brit with an inglenook?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 25, 2018, 8:26 pm

Way cool, in a warm ‘n’ cozy kind of way.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 25, 2018, 10:06 pm

That’s going on the monitor background!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 25, 2018, 11:27 pm

as if in a mirror, darkly.


Might that be a weasel in the right glass panel of the stove in the black and white shot?
perhaps a ghostly image.

either way – definitely worthy of a screen saver.
How about recording a few minutes so we can put in on a loop with sound!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 25, 2018, 11:46 pm

Where did they use to bake the bread?

Comment from catnip
Time: September 26, 2018, 5:22 am

Is the light from above natural, or wired in? It’s very bright and cheery, either way.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 26, 2018, 6:14 pm

It’s cold and raining hard here today and I really, really, want to be sitting in front of that fire with a nice cuppa and a scone, ideally with my feet up and a cat on my lap.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 26, 2018, 8:24 pm

Busy day so I am standing in for Her Stoatliness (while she prepares today’s epistle, in fact).

The light in the inglenook is from two low energy bulbs (Ptooey!) at the extreme ends behind the beam.

The bread oven is fascinating! When the chimney was built, we’ve always assumed, a chamber was created at the back right of the inglenook. The way it worked was that hot coals were placed in the chamber and the opening was closed (a wooden door, acting as a plug?). When it was deemed hot enough, the coals were raked out and the loaves were placed in the chamber using a very long handled shovel. The chamber was then sealed up again and the bread cooked by the residual heat.

Though these used to be very common in farm houses and cottages many, perhaps even most, have been lost over the years, so it’s very much a feature to cherish – especially if you have four paws and whiskers.

Every few months a cat decides he or she has never seen it before and explores it anew, decides there’s nothing worth hunting inside and emerges with cobwebby whiskers looking vaguely disappointed.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 27, 2018, 12:28 am

Thanks, Uncle B! Just think of the thousands of people over hundreds of years that baked their bread and roasted their meat and cooked their food in this fireplace. : )

Comment from BJM
Time: September 27, 2018, 10:28 pm

Durned…in B&W there’s a face right outta a Hieronymus Bosch painting and in color Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in a fur hat is peering out.

Is Stoatie playing with us?

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