Living a simple life in a cottage by the sea.

Oct 17, 2014

It's Been a Lovely Week

"There ought to be gardens for all months in the year
 in which, severally, things of beauty may be then in season.
~Sir Francis Bacon

The other day I baked Autumn shaped sugar cookies.  You know, pumpkins, leaves, stars, moons, teapots and chickens!  My daughter said Autumn chickens Mom? Really?

One morning I found 8 eggs in the nesting boxes.  So I know 8 of the 9 girls are laying, (they all may be), one might not have felt like it that day!

I bought a few flowers for my little side garden.  The pansies and violas were calling my name...

Found this easy peasy rosewater recipe on Pinterest.  I still have a few late bloomers.  So I thought I'd give this a try.
I hope you all have a happy weekend.

Oct 8, 2014

October Blessings

A quote from Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery: “It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside-- but sometimes, just for a moment, a wind fluttered it and then it was as if she caught a glimpse of the enchanting realm beyond-- only a glimpse-- and heard a note of unearthly music."
  L .M. Montgomery Emily of New Moon

I love this time of year.  On my morning walks I have been collecting pinecones for decorations, both for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  My husband chopped some wood this past weekend and kept aside a wonderful piece perfect for our Yule Log.  I've decided to really keep to a nature theme this year using dried flowers, pinecones, tiny lavender sachets and sparkly white lights.  Other fou-fou ornaments I've made I may use in the Rose Room or perhaps not at all, as I am experiencing a call back to nature.  Something I've been missing the last few months.  I've just been caught up in cottage keeping and day to day activities.  I've seem to have lost the enchantment.  So back to basics I go, following the Wheel of the year an taking notice of all the beauty in my own backyard.
This is the time of year we also stock our pantry for the upcoming holidays and winter months.  Like everyone else we are cinching our belts even tighter as the price of groceries continues to rise.  Im so thankful for the garden that produced so well this summer.  We have canned quite a bit of our own and plan to can more potatoes and apples when the price is right.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful day.  Remember it's a full moon, so make a wish!

Oct 1, 2014

Autumn Has Arrived

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rabbit! Rabbit!
I read somewhere you are supposed to say that on the first of every month to bring good luck!
Today I'm drying roses.  I love how they look on the Christmas tree.

My young chickens have really started laying eggs.  The older girls are beginning to molt.  So it will still be in the Spring before I sell any.  However I couldn't resist this sign.  I plan to hang it from the mailbox ~ I even bought pink chalk to write the price on the chalkboard.
Enjoy this beautiful first day of October!