I grew up in California and for most of my time in the state I lived in a region that was growing quickly.. That meant housing developments with new houses were everywhere. My sister and I spent plenty of weekend hours with our parents visiting the model homes in these new neighborhoods. We loved it, which likely explains my on-going fascination with episodes of House Hunters on HGTV.
KO and I always picked our favorite house in the developments and if there was a two-story house, that was my mine California is a land of space (not to mention earthquakes) and so the vast majority of the homes I saw and knew were single story houses. Two story houses seemed exotic to me. I don’t know what I imagined families would do in these homes, but I expected it was somehow different. Non-Californians understand that two story house are much more often the norm in the nation (though perhaps not in hell-hot Arizona), but to me they still seem exotic.
In the Miss Read books that I love so much, she describes thatched-roof homes in the English countryside. When I saw one for my fairies, I was delighted. It’s called Briar Thatch Cottage and it’s the third in my neighborhood.
The neighborhood is really coming along.