cottage farmhouse we are under roof

The carpenters have finished their part of the exterior work on our cottage farmhouse renovation.  We are officially under roof.

That’s a big hallelujah-Whoot Whoot!!

underroof front


underroof back of house

Back Elevation

But oh so far from being finished.

All the siding and exterior trim work have been completed.  Well, except for some detail work.  I’m looking for some vintage corbels that I want to add to the back porches to give it that old farmhouse character.  I haven’t found any that I was willing to pay the price, so the search is still on.

The many delays we have experienced have given us the opportunity to rethink our interior space.  We (that’s the royal we) because it really is Mr. Cottage doing the physical work. Have moved a few doorways more than once and now we are moving walls too.  So, even though the delays have been very frustrating; in the end, I think we will be happy with the changes that have been and will be made. Continue reading

Cottage Farmhouse photos


Hi friends, it’s been almost a month since my last post.  Where to even begin? Continue reading

good ordinary beautiful week

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

spring stones and surgery

Spring at last.

I’ll be away from blog land for a while, so I want to leave you with a few photos.

coral cottage spring

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Baby Clucks

Hi Ya’ll, how was your week?

This week, the snow slowly melted away – hooray!

 The frog peepers came out and are quite deafening in their song and I saw my first bat swooping and diving; surely spring is on the way.


Yesterday we added to our flock – meet our newest clucks.

4 Barred Rocks, and 2 Buff Brahama Bantams.

Father Cottage told me that growing up on the farm, his family had Barred Rocks, so I  kind of feel like I am carrying on a family tradition.


Oh my a face only a momma could love! The one on the left, was hatched February 14th, and the one on the right January 31st.   The two bantams, were hatched approximately February 7th.  Sadly one of my bantams did not make it through the night; Mr. Cottage buried it first thing this morning.



Lucy meets the new chicks.

Miss Lucy has her chicken feathers in a bunch and spent all day Saturday clucking and huffing and carrying on.  Oh my what a scene she caused.  Who knew chickens could be jealous?  Late in the afternoon, I went out to check on the new arrivals, Lucy followed me.  She began clucking and fusing up a storm as she stepped inside the coop and over to the cage where the peeps are, and one of those little chicks took a swipe at her and well, please feel free to laugh out loud.

Have a good week!


Lucy and Ethyl

So, how was y’alls week?

We ended the last week with lovely mild temperature and lots of sunshine.  Oh what a difference a few days make.

The wind is whipping and the temperatures are oh so cold.  Our power was on and off all night.

Snow is expected tomorrow.

I’m so glad I don’t live in Boston.

Last week I left y’all with exciting news; that the chickens were coming, ready or not.

Mr. Cottage and I (well ok – Mr. Cottage) spent a couple of hours fixing up a coop and coop yard for the girls.

Mr. Cottage was kind enough to give up his tool shed.

He cleared his tools out of the building and then got to work building a door.

He had to use what we had on hand, leftover wood from other projects, and old fencing.


It isn’t the prettiest coop in the world, but it works for temporary digs.


Mr. Cottage used scrap pieces of lumber to build their nesting boxes.

With the fencing in place, we were ready for our new tenants.



Meet Ethyl and Lucy.


Lucy is the first out of her box.


Ethyl is next.  The first thing she said was “Lucy we got vinyl flooring, we’re movin’ on up!”


“And a fenced in yard.”

Ethyl on the left and Lucy on the right.

Ethyl is bossy.

Lucy is quick to check out anything new.

I worried about Betsy Beagle, she has a history of chasing chickens.

She came over to the fence and took a good look at them.

So far, she had been good, no barking and no inclination that she wants to chase them.



Lucy says “do you mind, a little privacy please.”


By the next day it was as though they had always lived here.  It was my birthday and they graced me with my first two eggs!

It was pure treasure hunt pleasure digging through the straw finding two beautiful gifts from the girls.


Lucy has darker feathers and she lays darker eggs.


Soft fluffy tail feathers


Lucy always manages to turn a steely eye to the camera


The girls love my coop boots.  The first time I wore them, Ethyl snuck up beside me and unbuckled the strap.

I won’t even pretend like it bothers me, but they follow me everywhere I go and are constantly under my feet.


I purchased this cute basket to gather their eggs at a local thrift store.



Today the girls have been with us for a week and they are ready for their first day of free ranging.

I opened the fence and let them go on their way.


They are touring every nook and cranny, including all the dog houses.



I leave you with a little video, I hope it brings a giggle or two.

It is the egg song.  You can hear Cornelius crow singing along in the background.

Ethyl is the one doing all the talking, she is such a drama queen!

I love being a chicken momma!

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