chicken dance

The big machines came back this week with a rumble.

The inspector general engineer came to overlook the mountain of dirt and the catacombs below and gave his seal of approval. (BIG YAY)

This week we also received an approval letter from the highway department for our second driveway. (yay again)

So here at the new entrance, is the future site of my fantasy  flower and egg farm stand.

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Every agency has to get in on this whole process and get their fees paid – and we haven’t even started building yet.

The distribution box is set in place.

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I asked about – what I thought was sheets of plastic down in the drain lines.  Turns out it is a special material, much like garden fabric, that is placed over the plastic drain pipes.

It helps with the drainage, but keeps out the sediment.  Cool beans, huh?

It was ten brr degrees, when I went out early morning, to feed Cornelius and to take these photos.  I didn’t linger long.

Cornelius does a quick fly by to see what was for breakfast and to shout out his thank yous.

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Bitter cold, and lots of wind, but no snow.

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Saturday was busy busy here.

Mr. Cottage purchased a land-scape rake that goes on the tractor, to smooth out our acres of mud and tree roots left from all the excavation.

Father Cottage was kind enough to haul it out to our place on his truck.

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Father Cottage rocking the farm equipment a week after getting his pacemaker. Awesome – huh!

Over by the house, the new septic system was hooked up.

I got the first flush – just sayin’.

Next week we will get the old system pumped out and broken down.

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The excavation team wrapped up their part of phase one.

For the next phase, Best man showed up to talk over our house plans.

He will be doing all the architectural drawings for us.  The fun excited part of planning what and where everything will go is next.

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Mr. Cottage got to play with his new toy for a little while.

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In the foreground of the above photo you can see where he has gone over the soil, and what a difference it makes.

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This spring with a smooth surface, I dream of little sunflower seeds making their way to the fresh soil.

NEWS FLASH!!!

EEEK THE CHICKENS ARE COMING!

Farm Girl sent me a text on Saturday to let me know that our mutual friend would be contacting me about some chickens he wanted to get rid of.

Before I could even respond to her text, we received a phone call from our friend looking to hook me up with his discarded chickens.  Seems he has a couple of hens that

are pecked on by the others in the coop.  He was going to turn them loose or if I wanted them I could have them.

So heck, yeah, even though I’m not prepared – I’m all over that.

In the past we have gotten into situations like this without proper thought and planning and this time we were bound and determined not to get chickens until we had everything in place.

Well that is shot all to the moon and back.

  We are going to spend the day scrambling to put together a make shift coop.

I haven’t been this excited about anything in a long time.

I’ve dreamed of this day for at least forty  – yes that is a four and a zero –  years.

The chickens are coming!

I’m doing the chicken dance.

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and a firetruck on the side please

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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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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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follow your gypsy heart

Truth be told, my gypsy heart doesn’t wander too far from home.

It does, however crave change, no boundaries and open expression.

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follow your gypsy heart note card by Night Bird Creations

As many of you guys know, I have been recovering from a cervical injury for the past year and half.  I’ve made great progress, but I am far from where I should be.

My team of doctors and physical therapist, placed me on a 30 minute limit at any time to any activity including creating my art.  That does not allow for me to get into my grove or to spiritually tap into the happy place that allows me to create.

There have been a lot of adjustments to my lifestyle and artless life.  I’ve enjoyed living vicariously through my artsy fartsy creative friends, both in the real world and on-line world.

 I have come to terms, (most days) with the fact that the kind of art I used to make, must change.

The passing of my mother in recent months has also left my heart empty and wanting.

I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to think about the direction my life is going and what the future will look like.  While I don’t have all the answers, I do know there are oh so many changes happening faster than I can put my finger on.

Some – maybe 15 years ago, I discovered a photographer/artist that hand colored her black and white photography.  I was awestruck with her work and have held on to the idea of some day exploring this media for myself.

Recently, I have found myself  fulfilling that promise and I am now working with both vintage images and my photography.  This is a process that I can happily work on for only a few minutes here and there, as it is a bit labor intensive.

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hand tinting a vintage image with water-color and ink.

I use water-color, pencils, inks and dyes to transform images.  I then scan the image into my computer and begin a little digital manipulation to combine the two.

My sunflowers were of great enjoyment this year, as well as spending time photographing them so it seems only fitting that they are the first images I am working with.

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hand tinted photography – queen of the sunflowers a note card  by nightbird creations

My heart says be brave, embrace the changes that are upon you and continue to dream…

Day 1 – October 8th our modern-day gypsy caravan arrives.

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Almost 23 years of living at Coral Cottage – getting boxed up and ready to begin our next adventure.

You are invited on the journey.

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Don’t forget to follow your heart.

See you later, Bye!

Kim

secret garden – no GMO’s

Morning glory vines are the bane of  Mr. Cottage’s existence.

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Up the flag pole over the studio sign; intertwined through the chimes.

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Over the rooster.

Don’t sit too long Betsy, the weeds will swallow you!

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Last gardening season was a bummer, in so many ways.  The weather didn’t cooperate and quite frankly early morning or early evening when I wanted to do gardening chores, the mosquitos were thick as thieves and I did not want to be outside.

 My garden became so overrun with weeds that it looked like it had been abandoned.  In reality it had.

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When the weeds reached knee-high, I knew I was licked.  They eventually grew above my head and at that point I pretended like it was an old English cottage garden that had turned to ruins and was  The Secret Garden. 

By the way, I love the 1949 movie version.

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How can you not think those heart shaped leaves are charming?

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I enjoy old fashioned flowers, like grandmom grew.

Zinna’s are a favorite.  I can’t remember what the above was called – peppermint stripe?  Overall it didn’t perform that well.   But then most of the others didn’t either.  Maybe it was because they were choked out by morning-glory vines? 

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Late in the season, I waded through the head high weeds and managed to collect a few flowers for bouquets.

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Look closely and you will see that something chewed a heart shape into the bottom petal.

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Wonder if it was this guy?

I am looking forward to spring and a new growing season, I have placed an order for all heirloom seeds, and no GMO’s please.  After all today is my birthday and a little self-indulgence is in order.  Gift money is going to seeds for Zinna’s, cleome, sunflowers, globe amaranth, rose campion, and Chinese five color pepper plants.  I can’t wait till they arrive.

What will you be growing in your garden this year?

See you later,

Bye!

Kim