Thatched Cottage (Selworthy Green, Somerset, England)

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Although thatch is popular in Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland, there are more thatched roofs in the United Kingdom than in any other European country. Wikipedia. HAVE YOU EVER seen a canopy bed and wondered what the canopy was for? Here's the answer: In days of yore, a thatched roof (with no wood underneath) was a good place for small animals (mice, bugs) to hide. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

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Comments (16)

arch.khazarian on January 13, 2011

Wonderful Architecture,

Greetings, Alfred

laura c on January 13, 2011

Alfred, many thanks for visiting!

win.ka on January 22, 2011

what nice house, great photo, Laura! L lg, winka

beh108 on February 8, 2011

Very very beautiful house and very very nice view

I like it

With the best wishes

Si's Photography on February 19, 2011

Hello, there. I haven't seen you in a while. Thought I'd pay a visit to your gallery. And what a treat this image is, eh. Would have been a pain back in the olden days, with all the bugs and so on living in all the thatch. And falling into the house. But by god, it made for a beautiful image. This is stunning.

laura c on February 19, 2011

winka - beh108 - Ðḁrĸ Ṩigh, thanks for your visit. Ðḁrĸ Ṩigh, I had no idea about bugs in the thatch! Laura from Los Angeles.

Si's Photography on February 19, 2011

Yes, well, you know about the four post bed with the canopy... Looks rather nice. But looking good wasn't the reason. The reason was because of the bugs falling through the thatch! It wasn't until later in history that someone came up with the great idea of boarding the roof!

Tom Sellek on February 21, 2011

A typical English cottage with its distinctive roof plant material,well done Laura

Ciao tom

laura c on February 26, 2011

Ðḁrĸ Ṩigh, tom, thanks for your visit. Laura from Los Angeles.

Marianne R. on March 19, 2011

A very nice picture and I like this lovely cottage!

Best wishes, Marianne

Adem Dogan on May 15, 2011

Hola Laura dear Friend.

it's Fantastico:)


best greetings to L.A, adem dogan :))

Petrasek1 on January 11, 2012

Beautiful cottage covered with Thatch, it has not been often too see. Like Greetings Peter

laura c on January 12, 2012

Marianne - adem - Peter - thanks for letting me share my Exmoor vacation with you. Greetings to Bavaria, Germany/Turkey, and the Czech Republic from Laura in Los Angeles.

Adam “Dziadek59” Maś… on December 12, 2012

Attractive and interesting picture. Like ! this image. Yours sincerely - Adam.

Dominique Rolland ✩☂ on March 13, 2013


Belle et jolie création



Haddock54 on June 15, 2013

A peculiar type of thatch I suppose.

Going as a fav and a like too.

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