cottage week in photos · Country living · farmhouse renovation

cottage photos jan 12-18

This has been an odd week, filled with several trips to the big city, and dreary weather inter-mingled with brilliant sunshine and beautifully happy moments.

Rain more rain and freezing rain, sleet and a little snow have silenced the machines this week.

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The cottage men spread straw closest to the house in an effort to cut down on mud being tracked in.

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The koi pond with a layer of ice and sleet.

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Nature surprises with a dandelion blooming mid winter.

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During a yummy breakfast this morning prepared by Mr. Cottage; he pointed out to me

a surprise visit to the bird bath by Cornelius – his first.  He continues to venture closer and closer to the house.

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I have several craft projects in the making all from repurposed scraps of fabric and ribbon.

During lunch with a friend this week, my heart smiled with joy has she relayed to me

that soon, she would be going into business for herself.

Ah dreams do come true!

What dreams are you chasing?

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dream list · Gardening · vintage

and a firetruck on the side please

vintage seed catalog blogianos

Is it too soon to start dreaming of a spring garden?

Or of seed catalogs and their incredible photography and lovely words casting a spell around a persons green thumb dreams?

I’ve got the fever for sure.  However, I don’t have any new seed catalogs.

So, thanks to  Pinterest and one of my boards, I’m enjoying the awesome graphics from these vintage catalogs.

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Sweet Peas are one of my favorites, but I just can’t seem to grow them.

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vintage burbee seeds 1884

On my some day list – I  have a fantasy of having a roadside stand at the edge of our property where I sell fresh eggs and flowers.

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Sunflower and Poultry seed farm – this one is for me!

In my fantasy stand, the eggs would come from the chickens I don’t have, but will someday.

 Are y’all tired of hearing me talk about the chickens I don’t have?

Fresh flower bouquets anchored with oodles of sunny bright sunflowers.

I’ve asked Mr. Cottage to keep an eye out for an old tractor, or truck that I could convert into a road-side farm stand.

Or maybe an old fire truck like this.  Oh wouldn’t that be cool?

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I absolutely fell head-over heels in love with Andrea Fowler and her mother farm girl Dori Troutman’s stand.

They have a sweet little blog just about their farm stand business.

 GAAH!

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Ahh a girl can dream can’t she.

We have a light dusting of snow and ice on the ground today – guess that has me dreaming of warm weather activities.

How about you – what do you plan to grow in your garden this spring?

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cottage week in photos · farmhouse renovation

Cottage photos January 1-11 excavation

Hey you guys, it’s been awhile.

Everybody and everything here at the cottage has been ka-put, wonky, torn-up, broken, or sick.

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