As most of you are getting ready for a long 4th of July weekend,
I am getting ready to move to Texas. This is a bittersweet time for me.
Although I am excited about moving back to the Lone Start State,
I am also very sad about leaving my dear little cottage behind. I thought
that I would have this cottage forever and that even if I moved to live up
in the mountains full time, this little cottage would remain with me.
Happy memories are everywhere. I have prepared so many meals for
family and friends in this dear little kitchen. It's a quirky kind of kitchen
with rustic beams on the ceiling and that black smoke stack was probably
connected to a wood stove years ago when the house was built in 1913.
I kept the stack because it was here long before me. It is like a vein or
an artery. You can't cut it away so I just decorated around it.
So many baskets full of wet laundry have hung on this line in the backyard. Boise is
in the high desert so the laundry dries in lightning speed on hot summer days. I love
the way everything gets so crisp and fresh smelling. And when you hang up
pretty things they just seem to decorate the backyard like garden art.
All of my collections have been very much at home here.
Carefree meals on the deck under a huge tree that acts as a canopy.
Pitching a tent in the backyard.
Springtime on the front porch.
And Christmas too.
Tea in the garden.
The way the early morning sun shines on the front porch.
And on the front picket fence too.
The doorway to the ivy covered potting shed.
And the chippy old flower box under it's window.
And the dear chickens who lived next door.
It's been our home for 20 years.
And it will not be easy to say goodbye.
I will be taking more current photos of my cottage to share with you.
As I fluff up this cottage and wipe away a tear or two, I am also anxious
to begin a new chapter in a new home which I suspect will soon become
just as dear to me.
Happily Joining ~
And I have not forgotten you Bentley. You love this
little cottage too and you were born just one block away!
So it's a very special place for you too.
Susan and Bentley