Where Marian Van Eyk McCain Blogs

Blog Name: Elderwomanblog
Location: North Devon, England


I blog in a tiny corner of our tiny living-room in our tiny cottage at the edge of a village in North Devon, England. Sky (my partner) and I are passionate about living simply and lightly on the Earth, so this little cottage suits our lifestyle perfectly.

It is built of cob (mud and small stones) and has been standing here since 1733, and it is so small that during the day our 10-by-12-foot living-room is our everything-room, including an office for an organization Sky runs called the Wholesome Food Association.

We share an old, pine table. My workspace is at one end and his is at the other. It is very cosy (especially on winter evenings when the woodstove is going). If anyone is interested, there are lots of pictures of our place here.

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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 08:49 AM | Permalink


I enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you for sharing the photos of your lovely home.

Posted by: Sarah on Oct 6, 2007 7:17:06 AM

I'm in love with your cob cottage! It's absolutely beautiful and even more enchanting, if that's possible, with the dusting of snow.
Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of heaven. I'll visit your blog often.

Posted by: Opal on Oct 8, 2007 6:08:00 AM

Thanks for the tour! What a charming, charming home you have!

Posted by: Nikki on Oct 9, 2007 3:18:45 AM

Hi Marian: Lovely to run into again in cyberspace! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely space.

Warmest Regards - Taru

Posted by: Taru Fisher on Oct 12, 2007 8:40:13 PM

Now when I read Anthony Trollope (as in now), or read British mysteries, or watch British Comedies, or listen to Gardener's Question Time, I will be picturing the places I have seen in your photos.I'm in Texas but my heart (for 72 years) has always been in a place just like yours. Good for you! BTW, I found this site by looking for As Time Goes By - you know, the best British comedy ever, well, among others.

Posted by: Roger on Feb 25, 2008 3:45:13 PM

What a charming home, and surroundings! If and when I retire (I'm only 71, haven't had a job since 1995 when I 'retired') but been sooo busy ever since, I plan on living in such charming surroundings! We're busy building -& re-building- the place we've been in only 10 years, with the intent on making it look like we've spent the last 100 years here, and have it all low-maintenance. Well, that's the plan.

Posted by: twojean on Jun 16, 2010 11:06:27 AM

Your blog is exactly the kind that I have been seeking - warm and friendly and personal. I've spent time on the coast of England in cotswold and it remains the highlight of my travels with it's fresh fish and clotted cream and fresh strawberries. I admire your living style and picturesque surroundings. Thank you for letting me get to know you.

Posted by: Irene on Oct 22, 2013 11:34:33 AM

Thanks you, everyone, for all those lovely comments! Wish I could give you all hugs.

Posted by: Marian Van Eyk McCain on Nov 2, 2013 11:19:11 AM

(oops! Why do I so often put an extra s on 'thank'?)

Posted by: Marian Van Eyk McCain on Nov 2, 2013 11:20:15 AM

Your cottage and little village are so sweet and cozy! I often wish I could downsize to a small cottage. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Posted by: Jean on Jan 21, 2014 6:38:00 AM

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