Thursday, October 15, 2015

A splendid day in the Quiet Corner

What a wonderful day it was!! The hens at Tinkerrigge were so active and friendly. It was a pleasure to draw them as they checked out my notebook and pecked at the grass around the home. Many woodchucks must love the ground beneath us and the little resting spot I found was as soft as a pillow. We took off for to Woodstock today to our favorite little antique shop in the Scranton Antique Corner and grabbed some tea and sandwiches at Mrs. Bridges Pantry. I highly reccomend it!!!  The Baroness Tea, the soup, and the Salmon Salad Cucumber tea sandwiches were so delightful!!  I found another old broom which I seem to be collecting now-a-days and a beautiful art deco candle stick for the cottage. The park nearby was splendid and we spent the rest of the evening getting lost on winding farm roads. The lighting was perfect and I pinched myself multiple times just to make sure that yes, this really is where I live. I don't think I ever want to leave!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Another Beautiful New England Day

I'm I still can’t believe that I get to live in such a beautiful place. Tonight the cottage was all lit up and so were the bright orange in the leaves. I took a small stroll to the pond by our home and enjoyed watching the golden ferns sway by the grey pond. The trees shone so brightly as the sun did its final setting.

This weekend was a perfect one! First, Tinkerrigge had its first visitor and her company really filled our hearts. I was almost envious of the little bed I made for her by the fireplace on the couch. And it has really got me thinking about making our own bed to put down there like in other old cottages you see. The question of having children in the cottage has been coming up and with only one bedroom.. I do believe we could make it work!  

We drove out to Woodstock, Connecticut and had a wonderful time doing a bit of antique shopping. I found some lovely little copper pots so that I can get started on making my own paints and am so excited to cook them over the fireplace!

We had so much food! It was feast after feast! And I hope to maybe post along some recipes if you’d be interested!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hello again!

I am sorry I have not written! I have moved away from my home in the mountains, followed up the Appalachians, and landed in a little cottage in a small town in Connecticut. During the move I managed to lose my camera cord and although I have been meaning to write, I didn’t want to put up a post without some good photos to go along with it. I will have to just post them another time! So for now I hope that just some iPhone photos will do!

The cottage we’ve moved into is just completely out of my dreams. I couldn’t think of a better space! 16 chickens live on the property and we are soon to get goats! The main house was built in 1694 and was built before the city was even erected. It is so quite and lovely. The leaves are starting to turn now and walking down the dappled roads, it looks like something straight from a New England post card. There is a large pond just down the path and it is filled to the brim with lily pads. In the summer there are so many frogs you can hear them from the cottage.

The whole house is encased in beautiful stone! With chunks of garnite, geodes, and glass. When the light hits them the glitter so beautifully! Apparently in the mid 1800’s a woman went stone crazy and masoned the entire home! My favorite part, aside from the fireplace, is the outside chimney. If you look closely you can see where her beautiful messy stone work comes to a stop.. apparently her husband said she was up too high on the ladder and hired professional mason’s to do the rest! So at the top of the chimney you can see the break from messy into perfect masonry. It always gives me a little laugh. From time to time Oliver, my rabbit, will dig and dig at the stones only to reaveal very old newspapers from the 20’s to the 70’s. We even found a clipping of the Black Dahila case stuffed into a cranny of the stones!

The upstairs is so creaky and you can see through the floor boards to the bottom. This caused for a very funny evening when I dropped my glass of water and it soaked the chair in the living room!

Oliver is doing well, and we have added a new family member! I little kitten named Saoirse. She is so fearless, and so full of energy. Even when I turn on the vacuum she stands her ground quite well.

I’ve been busy working away at my table and have really got into my new medium of wool. I have truly fallen in love with it. The first time I held wool to needle, it was love at first sight!

Anyways, if you have any questions about the cottage or about living in New England please feel free to ask!

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