When people ask me about my home I say "A stone cottage in a meadow on a lake at the bottom of a valley on the top of a mountain." In other words, here. This file pic from April 2006 is a nice contrast to my previous post, showing the view from inside the house. I designed and built the cottage in 1989. Well I didn't quite build it - I was the stonemason's assistant. I carried a lot of those rocks myself. And I made some of the furniture and I installed the electricity and it was all very hands-on, although four people warrent a blog on their own... Fot the first 10 years it was my holiday home. Then it became my full-time home 10 years ago. It is too small. But every alteration I've designed has diminished its perfection, so I live with it - or rather IN it; rather a shambles most of the time, and not helped by the fact that I have four dogs. Five when my folks return to Johannesburg and their dog joins us.