June Squares | Roofs

It’s June and another 30 day challenge from Becky.  ‘The Life of B’ This month she is looking for a roof or roofs or even rooves. Follow the link for the rules.

My first one is the thatched roof of the tiny shop / post-office in the little Gloucestershire hamlet of Adlestrop in the Cotswolds. Open Mon / Thurs / Fri from 1600 – 1700 and Thurs 0930-1230.

Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

~ by Edward Thomas (1878 – 1917)

June Square | 1st June

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

41 thoughts on “June Squares | Roofs”

  1. I do love a thatched roof. When we were moving to the Cotswolds many years ago, we looked at a thatched roofed house (complete with a peacock in the garden) but I think I am glad we decided against it – they take a lot of maintenance, and apparently spiders love them. 😦

    1. I follow a blog where the owner has a thatched roof. The ridge needs doing every 8 years so it is a lot of maintenance.

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