Chrissy's Rose Cottage
This is the Buttercup kit that Chrissy Bravo-Cullen has
entered in the 8th Hobby Builders Supply Creatin' Contest.
The date is June 24, 1901 and the time is 2:52 p.m. on
a warm and lovely afternoon. The cottage is located in
the village of St. Joseph, in the Cotswolds, England.
The owner is Geoffrey Winston "Tom" Tolliver-Jameson,
born in 1851.
The cottage has no need of kitchen facilities as Tom's
food is provided by Bridget, who runs the "Big House"
on the estate as a popular inn. (For curious minds who
need everything accounted for, there's a path in the grass
off the back steps that indicates where the outhouse is!)
As you stroll about the house and grounds, you will notice
many signs of Tom's four great loves -- books, animals,
plants, and travel. Tom has managed to combine these interests
into a fulfilling career as a writer for National Geographic
magazine, which was founded in 1888.
The greenhouse, designed and built by Chrissy's husband,
houses a variety of orchids and tropical plants, most
of them made by Chrissy. The rabbit hutch is outside the
rear of the cottage.
Tom's bedroom is the upstairs in the cottage,
where the grumpy father cat is ensconced. The bedding
fabric is from a 19th century Italian chemise that was
part of Chrissy's husband's grandmother's trousseau.
The downstairs of Tom's cottage. Jessie the Cocker spaniel
is snoozing by the back steps. Many of the accessories
are souvenirs of Tom's travels or have special significance
to the Bravo-Cullen family.