Here is my update on Diligence. As you can see, there has been some construction going on but the house painter sloped off muttering something about having to order the right paint for the walls.
Now, about the house. On the description of the sampler, Marsha writes that she thinks the sampler may be Scottish and I am inclined to agree with her because of the style of the house.
Although I have lived in England for many years, I was born and raised in a fishing village in North East Scotland. In my village, the old houses are built from granite and are rather dour. If you go a few miles to the west, the old houses were painted just like the house in the sampler, with a different colour on the corner stones. I use the past tense because I thought I would Google some of the villages so that I could provide a link but I found that, either my memory is faulty (quite possible) or people no longer follow tradition.
Then I had an idea! My father came from Findochty and I remember him telling me that the fishermen would use paint left over from painting their boats to paint the corner stones.
Bear in mind that I had spent some time looking at villages along the Moray Firth coast without finding what I was looking for.
My brother and his partner own and manage two holiday cottages in Findochty and if you look at their website, you will see cottages painted like the one in the sampler. Click on the lick to "coastal cottage" and click on the video. Right, if this link works, it's thanks to my son. If it doesn't, it's thanks to me!