First thoughts on returning to town after settling the first of our belongings in the new house.


For years you were home to others,

Fathers, mothers,

Daughters and sons,

The way life runs.


Since time before electric light,

To chase the night,

Heat came from fire,

And from the byre.


White plaster walls not smooth and straight,

A rough plank gate,

Clay tiles, warm red,

My feet now tread.


Do you feel the change in your stones,

Your old house bones?

Mine feel right here,

Happiness near.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

39 thoughts on “House”

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ We’re still seeing the statue in the marble. Most people would say it isn’t habitable as it is, but if a 93 year old lady could manage it, so can I!

    1. It’s extremely peaceful. Rural but with a majority of farmers who don’t use much in the way of pesticides, and who apparently aren’t rabid hunters either. Whichmaybe explains why there was a deer grazing under the bedroom window in the middle of the afternoon.

      1. Our suburbs here in the US are full of deer, so we don’t need to go to the country! But lacking the beauty and serenity of your setting for sure.

      1. Only the youngest who’s still at school. The others are at uni, on extended gap years (!) or looking for a job. They need to stay in Bordeaux and launch into the big bad world.

    1. Finbar will love it, but Trixie won’t like the size of it. She’ll stay close to the house probably. The little cat will have to be kept tied up I think as she has no sense and no fear whatsoever. The first passing fox will snap her up if we’re not careful.

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