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Casual sex at the cottage

Casual sex at the cottage

Casual sex at the cottage

Cottages were and are located in places heavily used by many people such as bus stations , railway stations , airports and university campuses . [12] Often glory holes are drilled in the walls between cubicles in popular cottages. [13] Foot signals — tapping a foot, sliding a foot slightly under the divider between stalls, attracting the attention of the occupant of the next stall — are used to signify that one wishes to connect with the person in the next cubicle. In some heavily used cottages, an etiquette develops and one person may function as a lookout to warn if non-cottagers are coming. [11] Since the 1980s, more individuals in authority have become more aware of the existence of cottages in places under their jurisdiction and have reduced the height of or even removed doors from the cubicles of popular cottages, or extended the walls between the cubicles to the floor to prevent foot signalling. [14] [15] Before the gay liberation movement, many, if not most, gay and bisexual men at the time were closeted and there were almost no public gay social groups for those under legal drinking age . [16] As such, cottages were among the few places where men too young to get into gay bars could meet others whom they knew to be gay. [17] The Internet brought significant changes to cottaging, which was previously an activity engaged in by men with other men, often in silence with no communication beyond the markings of a cubicle wall. [18] Today, an online community is being established in which men exchange details of locations, discussing aspects such as when it receives the highest traffic, when it is safest and to facilitate sexual encounters by arranging meeting times. [13] [19] The term cybercottage is used by some gay and bisexual men who use the role-play and nostalgia of cottaging in a virtual space or as a notice board to arrange real life anonymous sexual encounters. [3] Laud Humphrey`s Tearoom Trade , published in 1970, was a sociological analysis and observance between the social space public restrooms offer for anonymous sex and the men–either closeted, gay, or straight– who sought to fulfill sexual desires that their wives, religion, or social lives couldn`t. [20] The study, which was met with appraise on one side due to its innovation and criticism on the other end due to having outed "straight" men and risked their privacy, brought to light the multidimensionality of public restrooms and the intricacy and complexity of homosexual sex amongst self-identifying straight men. Sexual acts in public lavatories are outlawed by many jurisdictions. It is likely that the element of risk involved in cottaging makes it an attractive activity to some. [21] [22] Historically in the United Kingdom, public gay sex often resulted in a charge and conviction of gross indecency , an offence only pertaining to sexual acts committed by males and particularly applied to homosexual activity. [23] [24] Anal penetration was a separate and much more serious crime that came under the definition of buggery. Buggery was a capital offence between 1533 and 1861 under UK law, although it rarely resulted in death penalty. Importuning was an offer of a sexual gratification between men, often for money. The Sexual Offences Act 1967 permitted homosexual sex between consenting adults over 21 years of age when conducted in private. The act specifically excluded public lavatories from being "private". The Sexual Offences Act 2003 eventually removed this contentious offence in favour of " indecent exposure ". [25] In many of the cases where people are brought to court for cottaging, the issue of entrapment arises. [22] Since the offences are public but often carried out behind closed doors, the police have found it easier to use undercover police officers who would frequent toilets posing as homosexuals in an effort to entice other men to approach them for sex. These men would then be arrested for indecent assault. Such practices were severely curtailed after a judge decided the police officer in the case had consented to the assault if he had desired and required the defendant to touch him with sexual intent in order to have evidence of a crime.[ citation needed ] Alternatively, they were arrested for importuning, with a much lower burden of proof and shorter maximum sentence. Newspaper editor Clarence McNulty [26] was arrested for wilfully and obscenely exposing his person in the Lang Park toilets near Wynyard railway station in Sydney, Australia. He denied the charges and this early case highlighted the practice of the police using pretty policemen [27] (i.e. as "bait") to entrap the public. As only one police officer was present in the toilet, the magistrate determined that the police were unable to correctly corroborate the evidence and gave McNulty the benefit of the doubt. [28] Tom Driberg was charged with indecent assault after two men shared his bed in the 1940s and used his position as a journalist several times to get off later charges when caught soliciting in public toilets by the police. [30] [31] MP William J. Field was arrested for persistently importuning in a public toilet. Field appealed against the conviction twice but failed on both occasions. [35] [36] [37] [38] American mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrested in a public toilet in Santa Monica, California . He was stripped of his top-secret security clearance and fired from the think tank where he was a consultant. [39] On 6 November 1962, actor Wilfrid Brambell was arrested in a toilet in Shepherd`s Bush for persistently importuning. [41] In 1962, the Mansfield, Ohio Police Department conducted a sting operation in which they covertly filmed men having sex in the public restroom underneath Central Park. Thirty eight men were convicted and jailed for sodomy. After the arrest, the city closed the restrooms and backfilled the site. The police later made a training film of the footage. It was rereleased in 2007 as "Tearoom". [42] In October, President Lyndon B. Johnson `s aide Walter Jenkins was arrested in a YMCA in Washington, D.C. , and the case was subsequently dismissed. [43] [44] Michael Turnbull was arrested in Hull for cottaging in a public toilet, before he became Bishop of Durham . [45] In September 1975, actor Peter Wyngarde was arrested (under his real name, Cyril Louis Goldbert) in Gloucester bus station public toilets for gross indecency with Richard Jack Whalley (a truck driver). He was fined £75. [46] Sixty-six-year-old retired U.S. Major General Edwin Walker made sexual advances to an undercover police officer in a restroom at a park in Dallas, Texas on June 23, 1976, and was arrested for public lewdness. The general pleaded no contest and was fined $ 1,000 and court costs. [47] Former Judge G. Harrold Carswell was convicted of battery for advances he made to an undercover police officer in a Tallahassee men`s room. [48] Coronation Street actor Peter Dudley was observed exposing himself to another man in a public toilet in Didsbury, Manchester , and was charged with importuning. He pleaded guilty and was fined £200. Some months later, Dudley was charged again with gross indecency for an alleged similar offence, though this time he claimed he was not guilty and had been set up by the police. A Crown Court jury failed to reach a verdict, but while waiting for a retrial, Dudley suffered a series of strokes and heart attacks and died in October 1983. [49] Actor Leonard Sachs was fined for importuning in a public toilet. [50] Australian radio personality Alan Jones was arrested in a public lavatory block in London`s West End and charged with two counts of outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner under the Westminster by-laws . He was later cleared of all charges and awarded costs. [51] British pop star Stedman Pearson (of the group Five Star ) appeared at Kingston Magistrates Court in October 1990 and pleaded guilty to a charge of public indecency after being arrested in a public toilet in New Malden in London. [52] [53] [54] [55] [56] [57] In April 1998, pop star George Michael was arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public toilet in Los Angeles after a sting operation by local police. Although he considered the arrest to be police entrapment , he pleaded "no contest" to the charge in court and was fined $810 and ordered to do 80 hours of community service. [58] [59] Later that year, Michael satirised the events in his music video for the song " Outside " and was sued by one of the officers in the original arrest for portraying him as non-heterosexual and mocking him. The suit was ultimately dismissed. [60] [61] [62] In October 1998, UK Labour Party MP Ron Davies was mugged at knife point on Clapham Common . He resigned after it became clear he was engaging in homosexual activities in a known cottaging area. [63] [64] [65] [66] In June 2007, US Senator Larry Craig was arrested in the men`s public toilet in the Lindbergh Terminal of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minneapolis , Minnesota, for allegedly soliciting sex. Craig later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and announced his intent to resign from his post as Republican senator from Idaho [67] which he later rescinded. He contested his guilty plea and decided to serve out his term, but did not run for re-election in 2008. [68] [69] After the murder of playwright Joe Orton by his boyfriend in 1967, Orton`s diaries were published and included explicit accounts of cottaging in London toilets. The diaries were the basis of the 1987 film Prick Up Your Ears and the play of the same name. [70] The film Get Real was based on the 1992 play What`s Wrong with Angry? , which features schoolboys cottaging as a key theme. [71] The modern dance company, DV8 , staged a piece in 2003 called Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) , which explicitly portrayed the theme of cottaging. [72] The Chinese film East Palace, West Palace , released in 1996, is centred on cottaging activity in Beijing. [73]

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped ♥ Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. You will need a fairly shallow 2.5 litre (4pt) ovenproof dish. ♥ Measure the dried mushrooms into a heatproof bowl and pour over 400ml (14fl oz) boiling water. Set aside to soak for 30 minutes then drain and reserve the liquid. Roughly chop the mushrooms. ♥ Heat the oil in an ovenproof frying pan, add the mince and fry until brown all over (you may need to do this in batches). Add the onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes. ♥ Sprinkle over the flour, stir for a minute, then blend in the chopped tomatoes, port, the chopped mushrooms and reserved mushroom liquid. Add the stock cube, stir and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and cook in the oven for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until the mince is tender. ♥ Remove from the oven and stir in the thyme and Worcestershire sauce then spoon into the dish and spread out evenly. Set aside to cool while you make the topping. ♥ Increase the oven temperature to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. ♥ Boil the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender, drain and return to the pan. ♥ Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper and mash until smooth. ♥ Spread the potatoes over the cold mince and fork the top. Sprinkle with the cheese then place in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until bubbling and golden on top. Serve hot. PREPARE AHEAD The pie can be made up to 8 hours ahead and kept in the fridge. FREEZE It freezes well without the potato topping. Defrost and spoon the mash on top, then cook as above. AGA The mince can be brought to the boil on the boiling plate, then covered and cooked in the roasting oven for an hour. Roast the completed dish on the second set of runners for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

In addition `small children above two and under five shall be washed and cleansed and their heads combed by 8 o`clock in the morning in Summer, and by 10 in the Winter and taught to read according to their capacities`. For teaching the children, the Board ordered That a man be appointed to teach the boys and a woman the girls to read, to write and to take care of the education, manner, and behaviour of the children, that every day in the summer and two hours in the winter and catechised twice a week, with a liberty for the Master or Mistress to change their hours of work and learning at their Discretion. In 1756 there was evidently some trouble at meal times. Article 9 of the rules stated: That great care be taken that the whole family do sett and behave decently at meals. That Grace be said by one of the house before Meals, that all persons who are not in their proper place before Grace is said are to loose that Meal and that none remove from the table till thanks are returned, that no Provision be carried out of the room, that each Person he allowed half an hour at Breakfast, an Hour at Dinner and half an hour at Supper, that all those who have not finished their task by Prayer time shall have no Supper. Further rules aimed to preserve harmony in the house: That every person endeavour to preserve good Harmony and look upon themselves as one Family and to prevent disputes and differences amongst themselves by Forging and telling of Lyes, each Person so offending shall upon good proof thereof be sett upon a stool during Dinner in the most public place in the Dining Room with a paper fixed on his or her breast whereon shall be wrote in capital letters Infamous Lyar and shall also loose that meal and for the second offence be put into the stock or wear the Pillory for two hours and be liable to the same punishment for the first offence if he does not sitt Quietly on the stool and Behave well. There were also regulations dealing with going out and smoking in bed: That no person unless sent out upon the business of the House by the Master or Mistress, presume to go out at the Street door without leave of one of the committee of the present Expenditors. who is to settle the time they are to return and they are then to apply to the Master or Mistress for a Ticket bearing the seal of this Corporation and upon their return immediately to return the ticket to the Master or Mistress who are to take Notice that they are returned in good Order at the time appointed, and be denied going for two months afterwards, and if any person does privately slip out at the street door or get over the Walls or any other way without leave or alone, such Person shall be taken up and confined and punished as Court directs. That the master do take care that none of the Family be suffered to sitt up after nine o`clock in Summer and eight in the Winter except the nurses attending the Sick and that the Master or his Assistant see all the candles put out in the men`s and boys` ward the Mistress and her assistant in the women`s and girls` wand. At the same time to see that no person of either sex shall presume to smoke in bed nor in any other Room of the house without the Master`s leave or make any noise or disturbance after going to bed upon pain of being put into the stocks for two hours and of loosing one meal`s meat. By 1765, tea-drinking was banned in the house following the scalding of two children: Whereas a report has been made to the Guardians that a great number of the Poor persons of this House has made a constant practice of drinking Tea which has been attended with some very ill consequences in the Family, so that two of the children of the House are very much scalded, the Guardians in order to discourage this pernicious and scandalous practice in the Workhouse, and the better to prevent accidents of this sort, do hereby order that no tea from this time be permitted to be made in this house. On Sundays, church attendance was required in clean clothes: All those who are able to go every Sunday to Publick Worship both Morning and Afternoon shall be cleanly dressed and ready to attend the Master and Mistress and walk before them by two and two regularly soberly and discreetly to the place of worship and behave there all the time and not to go out of the Church in time of Service; and all to return back in the same manner and if any be found loitering or disorderly at Church or by the way for the first offence they shall be confined and loose their next meal and for the second offence to be confined and kept on bread and water for 24 hours and not go out for two months. In 1756, new entrants to the workhouse were subjected to a rigorous induction procedure: All persons on admission to deliver up household goods and Cloathes they are possessed of to the master who is to enter the same in a book in order to be cleaned and made usefull to service of this house and that every person should be carefully examined and if necessary striped and washed. That children`s heads be shaved and that as many men and women as are free from vermin to be moved to the New workhouse as soon as the same be fit to receive them and that the rest of the family be housed and have necessary apparel provided for them before they are moved into the said workhouse. In 1803, a number of badly behaved women were reprimanded: Ordered that the following women go to Church twice on each Sabbath Day Wearing a Chip Hat and Linsey Woolsey Gown with the Letters B.C. [Bad Conduct?] on their Right arm with Yellow, with a Checked Handkerchief. More serious misdemeanours, for example going out at night over the workhouse wall, could involve up to thirty lashes with the "Catt and nine tails" on the bare back — for women as well as men. The Incorporation`s local Act status exempted from most of the provisions of the 1834 Poor law Amendment Act and it continued in existence until the official end of the workhouse era in 1930. The original 1625 building, with its central turreted chapel, was extended at various times. Its layout in 1875 is shown on the map below. Chichester workhouse from the south, 2001. Chichester chapel from the south, 2001. The 1625 almshouse and chapel block still survive, but many of the structures at the rear of the site were demolished in 2001. In 1913, the Chichester Union established a children`s cottage home in a house known as the Lavant Home, on Trumley Road, Lavant. The property had previously been a home for orphan girls. In 1924, the home could accommodate 20 children, with John Williams as its Superintendent. The property is now a private residence.

In February 1854, it was reported that a man with a wooden leg had recently died in the Sedgley workhouse. Inside the leg, the sum of £1.7s.6d was found secreted. A new workhouse for 842 inmates was built in 1855-56 to the north of the town at Shavers Hill. The architect was GB Nicholls of West Bromwich. The site layout is shown on the 1883 map below. A row of single-storey buildings lay at the east of the site with a central entrance archway. The main building followed the popular cruciform layout with wings for the different classes of inmate (male/female, infirm/able-bodied) radiating from a central supervisory hub. An infirmary lay at the west of the site and a separate block for children at the south. In 1859, a 113-year-old woman named Sarah Wilton Hughes died at the workhouse after a short period of residence there. During this time, although completely blind, she was said to have knitted stockings for all the other inmates who numbered nearly 200. On Saturday, 28th April, 1866, the Dudley Guardian published a "Pen-and-Ink Sketch" of the Dudley workhouse, extracts from which are included below. The new and spacious buildings which constitute the union workhouse of Dudley are pleasantly situate on the turnpike road leading from this town to Wolverhampton. The house, which is calculated to hold 757 inmates, exclusive of the vagrant wards, which accommodate 20 of each sex, was erected in 1859, at a cost of about 18,600l. The entire building consists of detached quadrangular blocks, one-half, that on the left of the centre as one enters, being exclusively devoted to the females, and the other, that lying to the right, being set apart for the males. The first thing that strikes the visitor is the absolutely perfect cleanliness of the entire house. Nothing bordering in the slightest degree upon dirt or dust is tolerated throughout the whole series of the rooms. Everything is punctiliously neat and tidy, and the very stone stairs leading from corridor to corridor are as faultlessly white as human hands can make them. Leaving the master`s office, we enter a comparatively spacious room, originally intended to be the Board-room, for the weekly meetings of the Guardians, and furnished with a suitable ante-chamber in which the paupers could remain till their applications had been decided by the Board. Over opposite there is a nice room for the clerk`s office, but now used as a kind of store. It was found impracticable to hold the meetings of the Board at this place, owing to the great extent of the union, and to the fact that Dudley is more central, and therefore more convenient for the members attending the weekly meetings. On the left of this place there is a receiving room for females, and they are accommodated with a bed and bath before they see the doctor. The visitor is next introduced to the female tramp ward, and this room will, no doubt, be closely examined by strangers. The place is, however, an honourable exception to the miserable sheds which are found attached to other workhouses. The, writer examined it very closely, and found it comfortable and warm, and at the same time well ventilated, and rigidly clean, so that even the most fastidious "dandy" might have no misgivings in entering. The arrangements for "casuals" are as follows: The ward is rectangular, and along the wall opposite the door there runs a wooden platform about a foot or 18 inches high in front, and sloping upwards for a distance of about eight feet, at an incline of six or eight inches. On this the beds, which are made of straw, are ranged in order, the heads being at the top. Each casual has a bed, and a separate blanket and quilt, and there is no confusion or promiscuous huddling together, as in other localities. If the tramps come in before seven o`clock, they first of all are served with supper, consisting of bread and cheese, or bread and butter and tea, if they are footsore and exhausted; they then retire to rest, and turn out about six o`clock next morning, and are asked who will stay to work. Those who remain to pick a pound of oakum get a breakfast of five ounces of bread and half-a-pint of oatmeal gruel. If any of them complain of being ill the doctor is sent to them. Refractory persons are set in a room apart from others, to pick oakum; and this is looked upon as a punishment. As a rule, however, the women are very tractable, and undress themselves properly, but the men will not attempt to do so unless compelled. The heat of the tramp ward is amply provided for by a concealed stove running alone the entire room, and under the platform on which the beds are extended. One of the pauper inmates has charge of this department. The description given of this ward, and indeed of all the wards on this side of the house, applies equally to the corresponding male wards on the right side. Coming along the ground floor still, the visitor is ushered into the female infirm ward, in which 18 old women are accommodated. These creatures seem quite happy and cheerful, and in common with all the other female inmates, are under the watchful care of the matron. The beds are tastefully neat, and well arranged, and a comfortable fire at the remote end of the room diffuses a genial heat through the spacious apartment. Immediately overhead there is another room for women of the same class, and here there is a poor imbecile who spends her day from morning till night knitting. Over this room there is a similar ward for the same class of aged and infirm. On the same corridor there are four rooms appropriated to married couples of 60 years of age, but at present two only are occupied. In the old women`s day ward, on the ground floor, several aged creatures may be seen sitting down at tables, and engaged in knitting, and making themselves otherwise useful. Here may be perceived a once wealthy and independent lady, the wife of an ironmaster in this district, seated in the midst of her companions in poverty, and to all appearances oblivious of the old old times when she had vassals to bow to her will. If moralising were requisite or desirable, here might be found a suitable theme. A special ward is appropriated to young childless women; and from this we pass into the nursery ward, which, at first intimation, might be supposed to be the noisiest in the house. Such is not always the case, however, and the children are quietly attended to, ordinarily speaking. Pretty little iron swing cribs are provided for the younglings, and in these they are rocked gently to sleep. They are nursed by their mothers solely, and such of the latter at work out of the room have access to the children at all times. Passing by the laundry, drying, and washing-rooms, we come to the boys` and girls` dining room, where about 120 of both sexes take their meals, entering and retiring at opposite sides of the hall. There is also a ward for infants who have left the nursery ward at three years of age, and these little things are under the care of a responsible inmate. Like the elder juveniles, they have a spacious yard to disport in, fenced in with palisades. They attend school at certain portions of the day. The girls` school next claims attention. It is at present presided over by Miss Herbert, who has been lately appointed. About 60 children are now on the rolls, and they receive instruction in the usual elementary branches, reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, &c. The hours are from 9 to 12, and from 2 to 4. When the girls are old enough they are sent out to service. The writing of the elder girls is really admirable, and would shame the calligraphy of many a boarding school miss. A lavatory and also a play-room for wet weather are contiguous to the school. Over the school is the dormitory, well ventilated, and rigidly cleansed. The boys` school is in the same building, and is conducted by Mr. John Barclay, whose labours have been highly successful during the short time he has hold office. Some of the boys, of whom there are 40 now in attendance, and from the ages of 6 to 12 or 13 years, are tolerably versed in the rudiments already specified. They appear cheerful and industrious, and, indeed, intelligent likewise. Their dormitory is over the school, and they are provided with day-room and play-yard. Over the boys` rooms is a spacious ward for extremely old women, and this is shut off from all communication with the remainder of the building. One of the old women in this room is aged 88, and retains all her faculties in perfection. A fine view is to be had from the windows. There are now 31 aged creatures in the ward, the available space being divided into three compartments at the suggestion of the master. The next block of houses which claim attention are the infirmary buildings. These comprise a female idiot ward, with 28 inmates, a regular Babel of noises and incoherent talk; a female bad-leg ward, general sick wards, infectious disease ward (separate from the main block), male sick wards, male idiot ward, male bad-leg ward, asthmatical and bronchital ward, and a surgery. The sick wards contain at present 90 males and 89 females, and this number is below the weekly average. This calculation does not include the idiots. From the cooking kitchen which is furnished with Jeakes`s (London) steam-cooking machines, we pass on to the general dining-room. In this fine hall are dined all the able-bodied adults, who are summoned by a bell to their three meals, order being preserved by the porter. On Sundays and Thursdays Divine service is held in this room, and each morning prayers are said at half-past six, the matron being always present. All the inmates, except Roman Catholics, attend Divine service, and the latter are permitted to go to Dudley. A harmonium is provided for worship, and the entire church service is chanted in the usual manner. The next room which the visitor may enter is that in which the oakum is picked. Here the labour is conducted in its several stages by about 30 men daily. There is a series of excellent store rooms for keeping all the necessary articles of consumption, and those are arranged in a most orderly manner. In the stone yards upwards of 20 men are engaged every day in breaking stones. When not at this kind of labour they are to be found working over the grounds and gardens. The condition of the front grounds at the present time is most creditable indeed , In 1859, when the house was opened, the front piece of ground was covered with brick-kilns or broken-up in clay-pits, while the land at the rear was only a series of pit mounts. Thanks to the active exertions of the master, all this is changed, and the walks are now arranged in excellent style, a spacious carriage drive leading from the porter`s lodge beside the turnpike road up to the front of the building, A weighing Machine is placed over opposite the lodge, and all articles coming in are weighed. Such is a brief sketch of the present condition of the Dudley union workhouse; and the greatest credit is reflected not only upon the obliging master, Mr. Thomas W. Stillard, but also upon Mrs. Stillard, the matron, for the admirable care and unceasing solicitude with which they continue to conduct the entire house. In July 1874, a 19-year-old servant named Mary Ann Tyler was charged with the murder of her baby which had been born in the workhouse in May. Tyler left the workhouse on June 1st and the following day, the body of the child was found in the canal. The child was identified by a workhouse nurse, Eliza Jones. Tyler was found guilty of manslaughter. The buildings were added to at various times, including the Rosemary Ednam Maternity and Nurses Home in 1926. The workhouse later became Burton House Public Assistance Institution, then Burton Road Hospital (now closed). The former workhouse buildings have now been completely demolished. The picture of the entrance below was taken in 1989 by the late Harold Beach who was a member of a voluntary group called Friends of Burton Road Hospital. The Dudley Union established children`s cottage homes at: Ashleigh, Hurst Hill, Bilston; Woodcross House, Woodcross Street, Cinder Hill, Bilston; and Dibdale Road, Dudley. They could house a total of 90 children. There was also a Central Home at Longnor House, 93 Queen`s Cross, Dudley.

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Welcome! I`m so glad you are here! Sign up for my newsetter to stay in touch! Today let’s talk about how to do “beach cottage style” with a northwest flair! There are so many wonderful ways to decorate in “beach cottage style” While many elements might remain the same, the way it all comes together might be very different! Here at The Inspired Room I like to inspire various ways you can your create your individual style! Let’s check out the Oregon Coast beach home, a NW style beach cottage, where my parents live! {PS: update 2013, my parents house is for sale!}. Don’t miss at the end of this post,  part two of A Northwest Beach Cottage ! There are so many ways to reflect YOU in your home. Sometimes your uniqueness comes from treasured things you have collected over the years. Sometimes it comes from the fresh color combinations you love. The architectural style of your home can contribute to what makes your home unique. And sometimes your individual style will be expressed through the way you pull inspiration from your natural surroundings. One thing I’ve noticed about seeing blogs from around the world is that by living in the Pacific Northwest I am exposed to a unique influence in homes! Here in our neck of the woods (literally, sometimes!) it seems many people are very in tune with the NW environment even in their homes. Being aware of your surroundings doesn’t mean you have to stick with one particular style, but it is interesting to see  how you can incorporate what is outside INSIDE! The Northwest is so beautiful and we really are blessed to have the best of all worlds — forests, mountains and oceans. The greenery of evergreen trees, the gorgeous varied terrain of mountains and hills as well as the rugged and beautiful coastlines are what make living here so amazing! You might have ALL of those elements right outside your door. So why pretend to be somewhere else when you have all that natural beauty around you? I’m the queen of dreaming, but even I like to live in the moment when it is a beautiful one. If your surroundings are not at all inspiring to you, then by all means, dream you are somewhere else! You can see by the nice stack of firewood outside the front door, the beach life here doesn’t necessarily mean warm sand between your toes… it most often implies being cuddled up inside by the fire! A handful of days of the year we might actually feel warm and comfortable ON the beach in our shorts and flipflops, but mostly it is beautiful scenery that is best enjoyed with a light jacket. We do get to experience the wonderful varied seasons here, and with that comes many gray rainy days in and around the sunny ones! Oftentimes the color and material choices that work best for many of us in this climate and environment are much different than what works in other climates. I know I tend to need a little warmth, more color and some warm natural woods and textures mixed in to get me through our gray and rainy winters! The Northwest has such beautiful natural wooded surroundings, it is wonderful when they are reflected inside in simple architectural details.  When the architecture is beautiful in its own right (like nature is!), few decorative or trendy embellishments are needed! The hand carved falcon on the railing is a perfect touch since this home is in Falcon Cove, just a few miles outside of Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. The colors on the walls and slate floors reflect the varied shades of the sea outside, which can range (all in one day!) from muted gray to green to blue. (All wall colors are Devine Paint.) The ocean and sand here is not like what you find in Florida or Hawaii. It definitely has its own unique look and feel. The focus in this home is really on the feeling you get from being in this Northwest beach environment as interpreted through the architecture. The simple handcrafted details seem to go hand in hand with a more Northwest style. Splashes of color in the artwork, quilts and on the painted walls and furniture pieces balances out the warmth of the natural wood. You can see all the green trees and natural forest area outside the windows! Beach accessories like shells, oars, lanterns, and boats are an appropriate decorative item in most beach houses around the world. And they are right at home here as well! Yet, this house does not rely on accessories to set the stage for a beach home, the warm woods and NW sea colors create the perfect pacific northwest beach house ambience! The accessories just help define this home’s personality a step further. Whether you are comfortable in all white rooms, prefer rooms with layers of fabrics, patterns and colors, enjoy lots of accessories or very few, or crave simple beautiful natural elements, what matters is how YOU FEEL in the space and how your space FEELS in its space! If it is comfortable all around, you will feel right at home. I know I showed you around this house a couple of years ago (my parents live here, this has been our family beach house for the past fourteen years or so, but sniff, it is now for sale!!), but I had taken a few more photos while I was there last week. I think the last time I showed it to you it was still being remodeled. I have more photos for part two of this post, coming up tomorrow! In what ways do you reflect your own personal style or surroundings in your home? Do you strive to find your own unique style or are you more inclined to copy a popular look that may not even be right for you or this season of your life? I know I can get a little bit overwhelmed looking at all the design options out there! I’ll admit I get easily confused. I start comparing what I have to what is pretty in someone else’s house, rather than focus on what is actually appropriate for me. Pretty soon I am thinking I need to get all new furniture or change all of my colors. And while that can be fun and even necessary at times, for me it is usually a slippery slope into discontentment. As soon as I start thinking that way, I give myself a little wrist slap and remind myself that it is OK to love from afar! I do not need to change my style to be happy. It really helps me to focus on what choices are right for me if I consider the following things: I need to look at my particular style of house and its features (or lack thereof), ask myself what my outside surroundings are and if they inspire me, and think about what things I already have that I love or that I can at least work with! I also need to consider my own time and financial limitations before I start making any major decorating changes. Time and money can easily get away from me so I need to be mindful of both in order to keep my priority focused on more important things than decorating. Once I consider those points, I am able to move ahead with MY style and not be so confused by the style of other homes I love! Do you get confused by all the decorating options out there? How do you finally decide which direction to go in decorating YOUR home?

When I saw the title of this book and the creepy cover I just knew I had to have it and immediately put it on my wishlist. Then I saw the author was Cass Green and, truth be told, I did not enjoy her previous book The Woman Next Door. In fact it was a DNF for me. The other day I noticed that the kindle version of In a Cottage In a Wood was on sale for .99 and figured what the hell. I am so glad that I didn`t let my own stupid opinion get in the way of me checking out more of her work because this book was a real treat and was well worth dropping .99 for! It begins with Neve stumbling across a beautiful woman in a slinky evening dress on Waterloo Bridge. The sight is baffling. It`s much too chilly to be wearing what she`s wearing and the haunted and sad look in her eyes convince Neve to inquire if she is okay. The woman claims she`s fine and, in thanks for her kindness, hands Neve an envelope and insists she take it. The woman then jumps off the bridge to her death leaving Neve stunned and confused in the aftermath. After phoning the police, turning over the envelope, and a night of questioning she is finally able to return home. Actually, it`s her sisters house where she has been staying for the last six weeks after a terrible break up and to say her life is in shambles is an understatement. It`s several weeks later when she is contacted by a law office asking for her to come in and meet with them. She agrees to the meeting and it turns out this beautiful stranger has in fact left her the deed to her cottage home. Neve can`t believe it. Why in the world would someone leave her a cottage, especially a complete stranger? She can`t help but think maybe this is the fresh start she`s looking for. Let`s just say that when Neve arrives at the cottage the creep factor really kicks in. Bumps in the night, menacing messages, things disappearing then reappearing in unfamiliar places and that`s just the beginning. While I had some of the twist figured out I was pleasantly surprised by the part I didn`t guess. I really thought this was great fun! Well worth the read!

   Sunday - Friday 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., 11 p.m. - close Step through the glass façade inspired by the linearity and color of Mondrian and join the SUSHISAMBA energy under a 16-foot ceiling and soaring atrium. Surrounded by curving ribbons of brilliant color, you`ll visit Rio`s Carnaval by way of video screens peppered throughout the space, losing yourself in artful projections that feature the colors, flavors, and cultures of Japan, Brazil, and Peru. When it comes to libations, SUSHISAMBA goes above and beyond. Freshly-muddled fruit cocktails are a staple, and exotic spirits like sho chu and cachaça flow like water. And if you’ve been curious about sake, look no further than SUSHISAMBA`s extensive sake list with its in-depth descriptions - and a sake sommelier as your guide. Robata means "by the fireside," and at SUSHISAMBA that translates to grilled eats like filet mignon with ginger, garlic and soy; lamb chops with guava ponzu, tobiko and spiced panko; and jumbo prawn. There`s also a hearty sampling of traditional Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian dishes, including classic Japanese tempura, Brazilian churrasco and feijoada and Peruvian anticuchos, marinated skewered meats roasted over an open fire – timeless street food. Dishes are made for sharing and there`s something for everyone in creative course after course. Executive Chef Jose Mendin, formerly of SUSHISAMBA Miami, puts his culinary signature on the menu with his own EAST WEST: kobe-style beef tataki and beef tenderloin seviche accompanied with Peruvian canario bean, avocado, lime, tamiri soy and aji panca oil. For dessert try the warm chocolate banana cake or arroz con leite with doce de leite ice cream, mango and sake gelée. SAMBABRUNCH delivers your choice of traditional brunch favorites like pancakes, eggs benedict, apple-roasted bacon – all served family style. And yes, the sushi bar is open. After dinner, visit SUGARCANE through a tunnel-like corridor and soak up the sultry heat of the favela-inspired lounge. Enjoy Brazilian beats and guest DJs, sip fine cane spirits, and groove the night away on the festive dance floor.

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