Fun on the meare at Thorpeness. Sophie fell asleep!!
In 1910, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, a Scottish barrister, developed Thorpeness into a private fantasy holiday village, to which he invited his friends' and colleagues' families during the summer months.
Thorpeness was promoted as “The Home of Peter Pan”. JM Barrie was a friend of the Ogilvies and regularly visited the village. His characters inspired the magical little islands in the centre of the famous Meare. The landings are still marked with names from the stories such as the pirates lair and Wendy's house.
To hide the eyesore of having a water tower in the village, the tank built in 1923 was clad in wood to make it look like a small house on top of a five-storey tower, with a separate water-pumping mill next to it. It is known as the "House in the Clouds".
It’s the place people go to escape,
a place made of cabins, pine trees and lakes.
But no matter how far you drive,
there’s no sign to say “You’ve arrived.”
So just follow your heart til you find,
your special place that brings peace of mind.
As you breathe in the air and unwind,
your cares are all left behind.
It’s no mystery where the northwoods start.
When you’re “up north,”
you’ll know in your heart. — Suzanne Kindler 1996
Let's take a little break from woodturning today (mostly because I didn't finish anything to show you!) I took a short drive this morning. There's a lake not far from here; it's not a very big lake, but it's sufficient to host a gathering of Blue Herons and Great Egrets every year. There was just one egret today that was on my side of the lake and close enough for a decent photo. (The heron photo was taken a few weeks ago - I completely forgot that I had it!)