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Poultry Cottage, Welshpool, Wales [20160222|21:56]
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Fowl House exterior (with jumping)
[Humuhumu jumps off a stone outside the gingerbread Fowl House (strictly for the birds).]

On Friday, we piled into the car and drove to Wales to our fourth Landmark Trust property. It's become traditional for us to stay in one over the weekend nearest the bloke's birthday that isn't Valentine's that holiday which seems to have been designed to make people feel bad about enjoying being alone February 14th.

This one is called Poultry Cottage. Once it was part of a great estate that included a model farm. The estate is now broken up, and the Landmark Trust acquired the cottage (where the fowl-keeper lived) and the Fowl House (where the chickens, pheasants, turkeys, pigeons and doves lived). I'm afraid the keeper's cottage is rather plainer and smaller than the one intended for the galinaceous neighbours.

Poultry Cottage exterior
[Pretty Poultry Cottage, fit for humans.]

We used the cottage as a base for exploration nearby during the day, and as a cosy nest at night after the children were in bed. There was no mobile or data signal, no television and no internet connection. I'm not evangelical about disconnecting - we had some BBC programmes downloaded, mostly for Humuhumu to watch - but both the bloke and I do find it helpful for our mental health to be forced, for a few days, not to check our e-mail or spend our evenings constantly half-distracted by our computers.

Below the cut, some shots of the cottage interior, with children (and adults).

Fowl House exterior
[The Fowl House from the front.]

We did go into the Fowl House, but as I was carrying Keiki and it was quite dark inside, I didn't get any decent photos of the interior.

Poultry Cottage living room
[Keiki using a wooden stool to survey the living room.]

Poultry Cottage kitchen
[Humuhumu in her sky-blue dressing gown, holding a daffodil. The bloke and Keiki enjoying their breakfast.]

Relaxing in Poultry Cottage
[The bloke enjoys a book, a plate of birthday gift cheese and a glass of wine. Note egg-shaped lamp!]

Poultry Cottage amenities
[My glasses, cheese and crackers, glass of wine, and postcard of Fowl House, later sent to my parents.]

Poultry Cottage decor
[Chicken decor, of which there was an abundance. Origami chickens are part of a treasure hunt from the log books. More about the log books later.]

Sleeping in Poultry Cottage
[Humuhumu asleep in her room downstairs. She was very proud of her bravery in sleeping on a different floor from us and Keiki.]

Relaxing in Poultry Cottage
[Me, feeling relaxed after a glass of wine.]

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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2016-02-23 17:29 (UTC)
A couple of very nice still-lifes there. (-:
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-02-23 20:00 (UTC)
Ha, thanks! Our evenings were definitely pretty sedentary - apart from the refilling of wine glasses and the stoking of the fire. :)
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2016-02-24 10:56 (UTC)
I guess a collection of rare birds was worth more than a groundskeeper...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-02-24 11:02 (UTC)
It was the Victorian times. Although given the direction the UK seems to be headed right now, there is grounds to argue that attitudes haven't changed much since. :/
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
2017-09-30 22:20 (UTC)

The chickens survived!

I stumbled across this post while researching Landmark Trust cottages and I'm amused that the origami chickens I hid are still there!

We went on a family holiday there in August 2014, and while reading through the logbooks we discovered that a previous visitor had set a treasure hunt - but there was no sign of whatever had been hidden. So I made replacements in the form of origami chickens (have mobile internet, will find origami instructions) and we hid them in what we hoped were the right locations. Did you find them all?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-10-06 13:38 (UTC)

Re: The chickens survived!

Ha! This is excellent! Thanks for letting me know.

We didn't go origami-chicken-hunting with any great dedication, sadly. We were afraid that the toddlers might destroy them if we displayed excessive interest. I can't recall how many we did find, sorry. We put them back afterward, so hopefully the treasure hunt lives on...
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