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This month we're off to visit to Glendoghal Cottage.
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Waveney and Douglas call Glendoghal Cottage their dream come true. Their home is not in the Scottish Highlands as you might surmise, but in the Great Central Valley of California. The couple with their beloved dogs (Hank, Golden retriever, and Bonny Jean & Maudie Mac Fie, Scottish terriers), live out their Gaelic fantasy in a 1930's English Tudor among vast canine collections and Scottish antiques.
Waveney, recently retired from a 30 year career in interior design, still fights the urge to hunt whether it be a flea market, estate sale or web surfing. Many of their bits n' bobs were scavaged across Europe from car boots, church bazars, thieves markets and wee bonny shops. Their love of dogs apparent, and both with Scottish ancestry, they come from a long line of dog lovers. Many of the paintings and needlework were done by Waveney, who also writes "MacTreasure Hunter", an antique and collectible editorial for Great Scots Magazine, the ultimate publication for Scottie enthusiasts.
Most of Waveney and Douglas' treasures are sentimental family pieces or mementos of their travels, which makes them quite difficult to part with. "Obviously" says Waveney, "the phrase less is more does not resonate here"! While their tartan cottage may be very full, it represents more than material acquisition and ambience. Waveney believes it showcases a passion for a bye gone era when objects were unique, hand crafted, cherished and passed down from one generation to another. Waveney says "I feel very blessed to be living in Glendoghal Cottage. Although it may not nestle amongst the heather and thistle, as Robert Burns so aptly put it, "My Heart is in the Highlands."
(Photographs by Becky Roberts)