In December 1996, we had a nice snowfall that turned the normally green English countryside into a winter wonderland – this is our good friends’ cottage next door to our house at the time.
Thatched roof cottages have a special, magical feel to them that’s all their own, as if they’ve just stepped out of a wondrous and classic fairy tale from days gone by!
Bridge Street Hamlet is a sleepy little corner of Suffolk, England, and our good friends in this quaint little cottage were the best neighbors we’ve ever had!
This thatched roof cottage was a stone’s throw from our house just up the street in Bridge Street Hamlet, and in the snow it looks perfectly proper and idyllic.
This is a view of The Rose & Crown pub covered in snow across the street from our house on Bridge Street, which had a nice pub menu and served good pub meals at the time.
This view shows our house on the left just beyond the thatched roof cottage on Bridge Street across from The Rose & Crown pub – the bus stop is directly ahead, with a small thatched roof ‘blacksmith’ cottage behind it, across the A134 highway.
This view looks up Bridge Street, showing our neighbors’ garage and workshop, which was directly next door to our house, with their cottage just beyond it.
This picture shows our garage, the front door and what was our master bedroom at the time above the garage with two dormer windows, which was only a stone’s throw from our neighbors’ quaint cottage.
When I took this series of photos, I tried to carefully leave the snow undisturbed around our house, in order to leave intact this idyllic setting covered in fresh snow!
We always garaged our ’95 Honda Accord station wagon and parked our ’94 Accord coupe in front of the house in our bricked courtyard, which provided a Mediterranean micro-climate for our front landscaping when it wasn’t covered in snow!
I took this photo from the bus stop alongside the A134 highway; the bus stop had a ‘layby’ behind it which was a remnant of the original highway the A-134 replaced years ago.
This picture was taken from the layby behind the bus stop, showing a portion of the property next to ours, along with our backyard and fields beyond our property.
This photo shows the water meadow that floods every spring from the creek that runs through the treeline to the right in the picture, as well as a small access step over the fence, for the public footpath to follow alongside our property.
This is a view from our kitchen window overlooking our backyard and the meadow beyond to the treeline alongside the creek, which attracted rabbits to the lush grass in the meadow.
Here’s a view of our backyard – the property beyond the far wooden fence belonged to our neighbors with the thatched roof cottage; under our large willow tree in the distance was a small, natural pond.
This picture was taken from the middle of the water meadow beyond our backyard, which is marked by the fence and our newly planted beech hedge that I helped our landlord plant.
From standing directly behind our house it’s difficult to tell that our backyard has two different levels in the snow, but our lower backyard always flooded every spring along with the water meadow.
Here you can see the sloping contour of our backyard against the wooden fence on the far side of our yard – our neighbors had a large pond under their willow tree as well, which made for a very quaint setting.