Red Dirt Cottage at Red Dirt Farm We have been renovating and adding an addition to our house for the past few years, and we aren’t finished yet.
After my Mom passed away in 2014, my Dad asked if he could come live with us, and we agreed. We would have to make some repairs and renovate the house to accommodate him, first. It has been a very slow, labor-intensive project, as we have tried to do most of the work ourselves. We have been drained, physically, mentally, and financially trying to make this happen. We love our home and we love our family, in the end, all the blood, sweat, and tears will be worth it, but there are a lot of days we wonder what we have gotten ourselves into…
We added an in-law suite for my Dad. Halfway through the project my dad changed his mind and decided he did not want to move to the country. We are devasted by his decision. We are working to complete this project and to get our lives back on track.
Maybe we will see the completion of this project in 2020-2021.
Our farmhouse is a 1930’s cottage style farmhouse, in central Virginia.
Home to artist Kim and husband Mr. Red Dirt, 4 cats, 3 peacocks, about 70 chickens, and a couple of roosters. We also have two senior rescue dogs that complete our family.
Nope, I won’t get the homemaker of the year award, because my house is full of clutter, dust, cat and dog hair, and lots of unfinished creative projects. Not to mention a few chickens and a little rescue duck, that sometimes live in the house.
Mr. Red Dirt is the down to earth smart business-oriented mind. Me – I’m the head in the clouds, day-dreamer.
For over twenty years, I dedicated my time to animal rescue – cats and dogs. Never, did I think that would include chickens but I’m happy to say we have several that we brought here and gave a second chance. That has been very rewarding.
My purple studio where I create art sits under the shade of an old pecan tree at the back of our property. Although in recent years my art has taken a bit of a back seat while I have been recovering from a head, neck, and shoulder injury, and subsequent surgery. I love creating, and I guess I always will, in some shape or form.
In 2020, I picked up a paintbrush. I had an unexplained physical itch to paint. Never, having done so, it was an unexplained need, which I am learning as I go. My work is light-hearted folksy style, heavily influenced by nature and my love for animals, in particular birds.
I run a small roadside farm stand on our property, selling fresh eggs and flowers and handmade goods.
I care for my animals and my flowers the same way, using nature as a guide, no chemicals, no pesticides for the plants, and no harmful antibiotics or steroids, for the animals; lots of love and taking the bad with the good.
Here I share stories and photos of my life and the things I cook and make, but this is not a how-to or a DYI, kind of blog. It is more like a letter written to a friend.
And that my friends, is what Red Dirt Cottage – formerly Life at Coral Cottage is all about.
Join along as the adventures continue.
Just a little view of my everyday life here at Red Dirt farm.