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Thatched Houses

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(English version at the end of the page)

Aqui no Reino Unido, principalmente no interior, onde moro, eh muito comum vermos casas com telhado de palha, o famoso Thatched Roof.

A primeira impressao que da eh que sao casas saidas das historias infantis, como Alice in Wonderland, por exemplo.

Alice

Source: Walt Disney

Os Thatched Cottages como as chamamos aqui sao extremamente caras justamente por causa de seus telhados.

A tecnica de thatching eh tradicional e geralmente eh um “skill” passado de pai para filho.

Muitas dessas casas ou cottages tambem recebem o apelido de “chocolate boxes” porque lembram as casas que ilustram as tampas das caixas de chocolate.

Se quiserem saber mais sobre a tecnica, sugiro dar uma olhada no YouTube pois tem varias videos legais la 😉

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Thatched Roof a esquerda / Thatched roof on the left

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Chocolate Box Selfie

English Version:

Here in the UK, especially in the countryside where I live, it’s very common to find houses with a roof made of straw, the famous Thatched Roof.

The first impression we have is that these are houses that come out of children’s books, like Alice in Wonderland for instance.

The Thatched cottages are extremely expensive mainly due to their roofs.

The thatching technique is usually a skill that passes on from father to son.

Many of these houses or cottages are also known as “chocolate boxes” because they resemble those houses that illustrate many chocolate boxes.

If you want to know more about this technique, I suggest you have a look on YouTube as there are loads of cool videos there 😉

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Thatched roof in the New Forest

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Thatched roof in the New Forest

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Kingston Lacy

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(Versao em Portugues no final da pagina)

If you’re ever in Dorset I suggest a visit to Kingston Lacy. It’s a country house and estate owned by the National Trust in Wimborne Minster. The National Trust is a conservation organisation.

The house was built to resemble an Italian Palace in 1663. It was completed 2 years later.

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Philae obelisk

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The  Philae Obelisk that can be seen in the pictures and video (sorry, it’s in Portuguese again! worth watching nevertheless) was found in Egypt and then acquired by William John Bankes, who used to own Kingston Lacy. There are 2 inscriptions on it and one of them is believed to be Ptolemy and Cleopatra in hieroglyphic characters.

It’s said that it would have taken 7 years to transport the obelisk to Kingston Lacy. Nineteen horses were needed to raise it upright.

The Duke of Wellington laid the foundation stone in 1827.

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The house decorated for Christmas

Kingston Lacy, back door

Kingston Lacy, back door

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Apart from the house itself, it’s worth going for a walk around the property and why not enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate at the tea room afterwards?

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Lots to see on a lovely walk around the garden

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Kingston Lacy:

Wimborne Minster,

Dorset

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Portuguese Version:

Se voce estiver pelas redondezas de Dorset, eu sugiro uma visita a Kingston Lacy que eh uma country house (“casa do campo ou palacio rural”) e estate (propriedade) que pertence ao National Trust (orgao resposavel por conservar patrimonios historicos, tipo o IPHAN).

A casa foi construida com caracteristicas de um palacio italiano em 1663 e a obra foi concluida 2 anos depois.

O obelisco Philae, que pode ser visto nas fotos e video (no texto em ingles acima), foi encontrado no Egito e entao adquirido por William John Bankes que era o dono de Kingston Lacy na epoca. O obelisco possui duas inscricoes e numa delas esta escrito Pitolomeu e Cleopatra em hieroglifos.

Acredita-se que para transportar o obelisco ate Kingston Lacy levou 7 anos e dezenove cavalos foram necessarios para ergue-lo.

A base do obelisco foi colocada pelo Duque de Wellington em 1827.

Alem da casa, vale a pena tambem fazer uma caminhada ao redor da propriedade e para finalizar, porque nao se deliciar com uma caneca de chocolate quente?

PS – fotos e video podem ser apreciados no texto em ingles 😉