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Friday, 24 September 2010

Making an entrance

Do you remember when you were little and you drew a house with crayons? Square and symmetrical,  my houses were always finished off with a gate and a path that led to the front door. I'm still drawn to a house that makes a feature of the front path, bordered with a flower bed or scented lavender to welcome visitors. Here's some I've snapped on my travels around England.

Box gives a touch of formality to this house in Southwell in Nottinghamshire (a beautiful small Georgian town) ...

The lavender borders, that beautiful porch. How gorgeous is this Georgian house in Norwich?

A beautiful weathered brick path...

This cute little cottage in Ledbury just begs you to swing open the gate...

A grand, sweeping entrance in Southwell and such perfect symmetry...

This beauty could only be in Suffolk...

Back in Norwich...

An down in deepest Somerset...

This beautiful B&B is in Dunster...

The perfect cottage gate...


  1. staying in the uk introduced me to the beauty of lavender. my favourite scones were with tea at the Treasurer's house behind YorkMinster in York
    mmm what a delicious treat that was!
    as were all the beautiful doors i discovered that dignified what was often sameness in architecture - that personal touch of hospitality!
    thanks for joining today's party & so glad to have met you :)
    tea is on at the FHC cafe! glad i'm just back from scotland to serve you !! :)

  2. oh Louise! They are so beautiful!!! I love, love, love uk!
    Have a nice day

  3. Hello Louise! I'm so glad I found your LILAC blog! It's delightful, and I'm a lover of lilac too, so of COURSE I had to follow now! Great pictures, and I look forward to seeing many more in the future!
    Blessings, Doni

  4. FHC - tea at the Treasurers House sounds so traditional and rather grand! Isn't York beautiful?

    Paola - so glad you enjoyed them. Whenever I'm photographing peoples houses I worry that they will think I'm a burglar!

    Doni - you're so welcome.The lilac flowering season is so short - but oh the fragrance!

  5. Hi Louise !
    now, how come I didn't come here before? You have the loveliest blog and I love looking at other people's houses too :-) I don't dare to take pics even if I'd love to but I'm too worried owners will come out yelling at me . You know..italians can be pretty diffident sometimes!
    Nr. 7 is my today favorite !
    have a great weekend

  6. Welcome Flaviana! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I take my photos very quickly! My own house is much more modest but one day I drove home to find a couple of people admiring my own house. I was so embarrassed that I sat in the car until they had walked past!



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