After missing many weekends up at Cranberry Cottage, we are finally going again. It has been a combination of the winter weather, my medication affecting me and Jos' work that has kept us from going up lately. We went for a day at the beginning of February to find our dirt road packed with a thick solid layer of ice. It was impossible to walk on the path without major risk of falling.
I thought it would be fun to show a Cranberry Cottage of earlier days. This 'bos hut' or wood house is in the Dutch open air museum. It was originally near where our new cottage was. I just love the look of this place so let's go see if we can look inside...
The cottage has a single small room for living space. The wood stove keeps it amply warm. There are chairs around the room but no sofas for these poorer families. A foot warmer sits in front of one of the chairs. You simply add a few hot coals in the carved wooden warmer and place your feet on top. They have a 'bedstee' which is a bed in a cupboard in the wall. It is not long as they believed you must sleep sitting up in order not to drown in your own body fluids.
Space for a sheep or pig in the entrance to the little closet.
And conveniences in the form of this brick outhouse. I must admit that I would enjoy going back in time to experience the life and its hardships. I would choose various times as I think it would be fascinating to see how people adapted in their various times.
Have you ever wished you could go back in time? Would you only want to see a certain time period?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am off to say hello to all the birds at our cottage and enjoy some peace and quiet away from the city.