Diehards

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Mean Reds

I like the countryside: it looks pretty in the sunshine and smells nice when it rains, but I'm always delighted when driving along a road bordered by field and hill to happen upon a sign of human presence. So I was utterly thrilled the other day when, on the road to Melrose which is pretty remote, I spied a huge splash of red through the trees. It was as if a giant had dropped her Chanel Rouge no. 22 pour les levres.



At first I thought it was a painted corrugated iron house and wondered what sort of person would live there. This occupied me for about a fortnight until I was able to go back a have a closer look.



But it turned out to be the village hall of Yarrowford,which is still quite radical but no where near as romantic.


Also along that road, which is my latest favourite, I


came across this tepee. You can rent it for £60 per night plus £5 for each person. If I could play guitar I'd consider it.

23 comments:

Scarlet-Blue said...

Hmmm... interesting... you could come and sleep in a tent in my back garden for £50 a night. Bargain!
Sx

savannah said...

i LOVE that building, sugar! xoxox

Eryl Shields said...

Scarlet ~ now there's an offer I may find myself unable to refuse, X

Savannah ~ isn't it wild? X

PI said...

Do you think it is scarlet to show up in the snow a la Vermont?
Wouldn't it be fun to share a tepee and tell ghost stories and have a midnight feast?
Or am I being silly?

Anonymous said...

What a nice shade of red they have painted their village hall.

And sixty quid for a night under the stars? Sounds romantic. Does it come with a hairdryer and coffee machine?

Anonymous said...

That was me, The World According To, with regards to luxuries for my hair and body!

angryparsnip said...

If you drive Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona (the Old Route 66) you will see the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook Arizona. They are made of cement and have been in several movies and books...
I love that you named the Red a Chanel Rouge no. 22

Eryl Shields said...

Pat ~ from Yarrowford to Vermont, or vice-versa, you could be right.

It would be great to share a tepee and tell ghost stories and have a midnight feast!

Anonymous The World ~ I'll have to go back and ask now, it does have power because I saw the cable, so it's possible it comes with all the luxuries you could want.

Eryl Shields said...

Parsnip ~ we crossed! So there's another pit stop on my fantasy road trip. I'll have a google to see if I can see pictures.

I'm such a girl I relate everything to make-up and frocks.

Conan Drumm said...

Just popped by for a catch up. Everything seems to be good in Eryland.

Titus said...

Love, love , love that village hall! Teepee = no bathroom = not me. Not even if you could play the guitar.

Eryl Shields said...

Conan!!!! I've been worried about you. And was beginning to think I'd never hear of you again. I'm so glad I checked in before switching off and heading for bed, I'll sleep a little better for it.

Some things are good, some things not so good, but the sun has been shining for a good month now – some intermittent rain, true – and it's amazing what a good dose of light can do for the spirit. We are still redundant but at least we don't have to worry about heat and light bills.

Eryl Shields said...

Titus ~ really, you couldn't do without a bathroom even for one night? I used to think that but then I got a campervan (an ancient VW now deceased) and learnt how to poo under a tree and wash with bottled water. Now I rather enjoy the odd bit of untamed living.

Titus said...

No issues with the toilet bit. But no make-up mirror? No way.

debra said...

That is one bright building! and Eryl, you can sleep in a tent in my backyard for free :-)

Kanani said...

I guess they really don't want people to miss city hall!
That is really orange....maybe they got it pre-fabricated at a discount? ;)

Kim Ayres said...

I have a guitar. And a mandolin.And a bouzouki. Let's party!

Although I will also need a very comfy bed, clean loos and real coffee...

Eryl Shields said...

Titus ~ now I've got you!

Debra ~ oh, thank you, I might take you up on that one day.

Kanani ~ it does look a bit like it's made out of shipping containers, so yes, maybe they got it cheap.

Kim ~ It's in the grounds of Tibbie Shiels inn, so maybe it does have beds, I didn't get a look inside. Wouldn't it be great if it was really luxurious inside: we could party, tell ghost stories, have a midnight feast and finally retire in utter comfort?

Kim Ayres said...

We definitely need to arrange a night of music, storytelling, poetry and cakes :)

Eryl Shields said...

We so do!

Scarlet-Blue said...

Can I bring my sax?
Sx

Coffee with Cathy said...

Teepees must be the newest thing -- our local city park and campground along the banks of the Tennessee River has installed a couple for rental -- and they're very popular. Sounds like lots of fun!

Eryl Shields said...

Scarlet ~ you must bring your sax. I'll bring the fags.

Cathy ~ I think they fit in with the new 'consumption is a bore' ethos. And it does sound like fun: you get to play at Lord of the Flies, without killing Piggy.