Perhaps my recent roadtrip to Collonges-de-Rouge, France has opened my eyes just a tiny bit more to red brick beauties. I’ve been watching this sad lovely get sadder every year but this fall I had to stop and get a picture. Was it the light dappling across the brick, or the carpet of golden yellow leaves, or something else that made me stop this time?
Despite it small scale and lack of grandeur, it somehow reminded me of the book cover to The English Country House, by Mary Miers, from the archives of Country Life and published by Rizzoli. Filled with images of sixty-two houses spanning seven centuries, it is a reminder that some cultures seem to value their old country properties more than we do, alas.
Images 1 and 2 from Found.