A cottage with great character
O, to have a little house!
To own the hearth and stool and all!
The heaped up sods against the fire,
The pile of turf against the wall!
To have a clock with weights and chains
And pendulum swinging up and down!
A dresser filled with shining delph,
Speckled and white and blue and brown!
I could be busy all the day
Clearing and sweeping hearth and floor,
And fixing on their shelf again
My white and blue and speckled store!
I could be quiet there at night
Beside the fire and by myself,
Sure of a bed and loth to leave
The ticking clock and the shining delph!
Och! but I’m weary of mist and dark,
And roads where there’s never a house nor bush,
And tired I am of bog and road,
And the crying wind and the lonesome hush!
And I am praying to God on high,
And I am praying Him night and day,
For a little house – a house of my own
Out of the wind’s and the rain’s way.
Old Woman of the Roads ~ Padraic Colum
I particularly like the sag in the roof
This hand crafted house is actually a money box.
Alas, the young lady artist in her rush to get it in the kiln, did put a slit in the roof for inserting coins, but forgot to cut the hole at the back to retrieve them! Since house painting was not her forte either, I was pleased that she found her road to fortune in other fields! 😉