We had the wonderful experience of living in a thatched roofed cottage. I had a Dutch artist do a watercolor of our house, before we moved back to the states (pictured above). Wasanaar, is a idyllic little place near The Hague that borders the North Sea. At that time, several of the foreign Ambassadors had the residences there. I know this place looks huge, but it is actually what we call a duplex. Two homes under one roof. We lived on the right side.
To my knowledge, thatched roofs in The Netherlands are protected., and therefore must be replaced by yet another thatched roof. We were fortunate enough to have this happen while we were living in this house. Reeds were brought from the fields and hand cut, with this device, right in our front yard.
Notice how fresh the new thatch was. Great memories...
* I was reminded of my experience while reading one of my favorite blogs by Rosemary: Where Five Valleys Meet on Blogspot.I apologize for the copies of such old photos....although some may agree that I haven't improved a whole lot ! :) Janey