farmhouse renovation – excavation

The journey began over a year ago.
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good ordinary beautiful week

I thought at long last I would be posting about the excavation this weekend of our house addition. Continue reading

Recent rains have sprouted mushrooms everywhere.


My dream of having peafowl came true a few weeks ago.  They are pretty adorable.

peachicks 3 weeks

Scrambled eggs and flowers from the girls, because they think they have to help me with my chores.

scrambled eggs

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

xo Kim

scrambled eggs and flowers

silos and spires

We left Virginia and  headed north on a cold blustery day to be with family.

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Our destination was the family church. Atop the mountain, we take in the sweeping views of the valley below.

Across from the church is an Amish farm.


The silos are filled ready for winter feeding.  Across the valley; farm after farm dot the country side.

 These farms are slowly disappearing –  victims of large housing developments.  Truly, it breaks my heart.

 All my life I have loved these views.



My family church, St. Peter’s reformed German church.



As children, my sisters and I climbed to the top of the bell tower with our Grandpop.  I wouldn’t dream of making that climb today.



 Tears from heaven is what my aunt called it as the sleet came down.



 My sister, always the creative instigator provided the bubble action; it was a beautiful farewell.

See you later, Bye!


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orchard trip

Recently Mr. Cottage and I set out on a mission to get some fresh peaches.

First Stop was Fruit Hill Orchard which is just a few miles away from home.


This spring, Fruit Hill orchard built a new barn to house their store.

 Each day I would drive by and take in the progress.  It was so enjoyable to watch the progress and know that these people were fulfilling a dream.

I was looking forward to checking out the finished result.


grab and go





coke sign


fruit bins

They also sell vegetables, herbs and baked goods as well as jams and jelly.

outside bins

red wagon

rain bar

After we left, I realized I never took a photo of the building itself.  Geez, I must have been sniffing too many peaches!

Next stop was Carter Mountain Orchard, high atop the mountain.  Views in every direction of rolling hills, vineyards and apples and peaches.




apple branch


ginger gold


Awesome eye candy on this trip!

We brought home a big box of the best peaches.

Here are two recipes that rock those peaches and use basil which is quite plentiful in our garden at this time.

Peach, green bean and pickled onion salad.

Basil peach salsa.

See you later, Bye!


what is

I didn’t mean for it to be so long since I posted here, or read yours there.

Life happened and ended in a few sad and heart breaking ways for our Cottage family.

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