country roads

We pulled out of the driveway and zipped past the corn fields and the barns.  My camera snapping away. Yep, I hung out the window like a dog, snapping photos as we flew down the country roads. Bright blue skies with big puffy white clouds. Along rolling hillsides. Down to the river. The James River is Virginia’s… Continue reading country roads


up-cycled projects, raised beds dumped cakes skirts in the bag

I like it when my friends send me special little notes with ideas or projects they have been working on.  Here are a few things they shared with me recently that brought a smile to my face. This first project isn’t an up-cycled project, but it is awfully cute. Crab cupcake from my friend Karen – she… Continue reading up-cycled projects, raised beds dumped cakes skirts in the bag


squash or one-eyed squid

Macro Monday – squash I  attach my favorite macro lens and head out to the garden. Our squash plants are finally putting on a good show. Do you see it? I see plants that resemble underwater oddities.  You know deep ocean intricacies.               Oh and those wicked thorny hairs. Is… Continue reading squash or one-eyed squid


Mr. Cottage gets crafty

A couple of months ago Mr. Cottage dug through our  scrap copper pile and came up with the idea to make a trellis for one of our clematis plants that was sprawling all over where it shouldn’t. He played around with a couple of different designs and then he got to work soldering everything in… Continue reading Mr. Cottage gets crafty

Art · Coral Cottage South

a mermaid tale by Coral Cottage South

Hello from Coral Cottage South – breezy thoughts from the west coast of Florida.  I am enchanted by the idea, myth, folklore, fantasy of mermaids. After I came home from my recent surgery the Animal Planet channel had a two-part special airing about mermaids.  The show supposedly uncovered evidence that there is truth to the existence of… Continue reading a mermaid tale by Coral Cottage South


squirrel pie and mulberry squeezins

It is mulberry season! The ripe fruit is edible and is widely used in pies, tarts, wines, cordials and tea. The fruit of the black mulberry, native to southwest Asia, and the red mulberry, native to eastern North America, have the strongest flavor. * Oh so many lush berries. I wonder why we thought it a… Continue reading squirrel pie and mulberry squeezins

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faded roses and my affair

Today for lunch I had a pink lemonade margarita. I believe the tequila gave me the fortitude to get out there with my camera and enjoy the last of the quickly fading roses. I’m well thank you.  However during my recovery the gardens marched on in stunning beauty, we think we have had the loveliest… Continue reading faded roses and my affair