Thursday, November 24, 2016

Vintage postcard of peaceful Irish cottage with goats

American readers, I hope you're enjoying your Thanksgiving.

This undated real photo postcard of an Irish cottage was published by a company named Renaud, which was based in the Manchester, England, suburb of Chorlton-cum-Hardy.1 It looks like a cozy-enough home. A beautiful spot to live from spring through autumn and then — with some logs, wool blankets, hay for the goats and books — a place to hole up in the winter. It could use a little bit of work, but that's true of most dwellings.

This card fits in nicely with these previous posts:

1. Here's a bit of history about that curious name from Wikipedia:
"Chorlton probably means Ceolfrith's farm or settlement from the Old English personal name and tūn, an enclosure, farmstead or village. Hardy is derived from a personal name, Hearda, and ēg, Anglian for island or dry ground in a well-watered land. It has alternatively been suggested that Hardy may mean 'by the woods', in reference to the ancient forest of Arden Wood that grew on both sides of the River Mersey in the area. ... The ancient hamlets of Chorlton and Hardy, separated by the Chorlton Brook, together with Martledge and Barlow Moor, did not come under the combined name of Chorlton-cum-Hardy (cum is Latin for "with") until the 18th century."

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