Farmhouse renovations and ramblings Feb 2017

Follow your heart.

I was able to cut flowers from my garden for the first time in three months.  Sweet.


Daffodils and forsythia.

So, I’ve been a little under the weather this past week – nothing major just enough to make me feel blah, but combined with a pulled muscle in my neck and shoulder I’ve been very lethargic.

The weather has continued to be unseasonably warm here in Virginia.  All of the trees and plants are confused.  Quite frankly, so am I.

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Love cookies and a great big cock-a-doodle-do

Tuesday it was all about cookies love.


I baked a batch of chocolate chip love cookies for Valentine’s Day.


While the cookies were baking, the cat, the dog, and the chicken slept peacefully.


But the minute the cookies were done baking – Winter popped up and said are they ready?


Chocolate Chip Pecan Love Cookies recipe here.

Love is in the air.

Daisy and Winter continue to make my heart full with their antics and their amazing love bond.


Winter is now 10 weeks old and continues to go into the nesting box with Daisy each morning when Daisy lays her egg.  She waits patiently for Daisy to finish her task and then they are off to forage and do chicken things.

He’s baaack.


Stanley Roo of nine lives – he is permanently bent over and walks crooked.  He is missing a bunch of feathers and looks rather pathetic when you see him in person. He has survived so many fox, snake and dog attacks.  This recent incident left me feeling his time was near, and I had planned his funeral.  He hadn’t been able to crow or perform his rooster duties for quite some time. He was lethargic and no longer watched over his girls, it seemed this was going to be the end of him.

Then a miracle occurred.

Early one morning while it was still dark out, we heard this sad pathetic muted, garbled cock-a-doodle-do.  Then a little while later we heard it again.

And then again.

Stanley Roo was crowing again!

And then.

He was loving the girls again, too.

Each evening now, as all the chickens make their way to the coop for the night, Stanley wobbles and staggers in, completely exhausted from a day of loving.  But he seems quite content.


Stanley Roo watching over his flock.

Maybe he had some of those love cookies too.

Thank you for being here today.

xo Kim

Red Dirt Farm Stand – plans and dreams for 2017

I run a small – very small honor system farm stand at the edge of our farm.  I sell fresh eggs from our chickens and cottage style flowers I grow in our gardens. Sometimes I sell my handmade items too.  This year I hope to expand the offerings.
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Corkscrew Swamp

Corkscrew Swamp isn’t a swamp for all the cork from my wine drinking.


Mr. Cottage and I along with Father Cottage took a vacation back in the fall of 2016, we journeyed to South West Florida.  During our time there, we went on a day trip, just east of Naples, to The Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp.  A magical place indeed.  I could only hope to capture some of this incredible beauty with my camera. So if you will indulge me today, I will share a photo heavy post of some of that special day.  Continue reading