Willy Lott's Cottage, Flatford, Suffolk
The cottage is a timber-framed 16th century building made
famous by being the subject of one of John Constable's well  known paintings.

Home is a refuge, a place of rest, a haven of content, where the burdens of everyday life are relieved.  No matter how humble the home may be, how destitute its stores, or how poorly its inmates may be clad, you will find a friendly welcome from hearts beating true to your own.  The chosen partner of your toil has a smile when others have deserted you, a hand of hope when all others refuse, and a heart to feel your sorrows.  It should be the duty of all to strive to make home so happy that each evening will furnish pleasant memories to lighten the load of another day.  Make it so happy that you do not tire of it, but long for the hours when your day's toil is over, and you desire to reach it becuase it is the happiest and dearest place on earth.

From "The Golden Gems of Life" by Ferguson and Allen



  1. Jo, this is lovely!
    The cottage is very pretty and the words are wonderful - and so true!

  2. Jo,

    What a wonderful yet truthful statement about the home! It's something that we should all strive for, to make our homes havens from the craziness of the world.

    -Lady Rose

  3. Lovely post yet again Jo:)
    btw we have been watching "Escape to the Country" on Sunday nights on TV and I always think of you when we do:)

  4. That's a great quote! Oh that our home will always feel that way for each of us!
    Love the cottage, too! :)


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