|Thatched cottage at Kings Somborne, Hampshire photo by Anguskirk: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anguskirk/4548216548/in/photostream/ (Some rights reserved)|
As I write this post from our cottage, snow is lightly falling outside and I'm thinking back on the past year. I'd like to do a little 2012 reminiscing with you, but first can we talk about this thatched roof cottage? In my humble opinion, this is a darn near perfect gem. It looks to be early spring when this photo was taken, so let's imagine this scene in spring or summer, when the garden and whatever is clinging to the picket fence are in full bloom. Enchanting, I'm sure. In the meantime, that red door gives a burst of glorious color to the exterior.
I started A Joyful Cottage blog on February 28th this year with one intent: to share my love of cottages and cottage living with you. I've gathered just a few photos to highlight the year. You can click on any of the links for the full spread.
My first post kicked off A Joyful Cottage Giveaway of my husband Dennis Reinke's art. The winner chose Napa Trellis from the plethora of prints we featured.
In March we looked at cottage shutters, window boxes, arbors, and Irish cottages. My favorite post that month was the St. Patrick's Day tour of Pam's White O'Morn cottage in Ireland.
Not only was it a delight to show Pam's cottage, it was the beginning of my showing you other cottage interiors, and gardens. Like Heidi Matthies-Jaster's cottage garden in Burton, Texas in April.
In May we looked at "pretty things", a collection of eye candy for any cottage,
and three Welsh cottages compliments of Caroline at Blaentrothy Welsh Holiday Cottages.
And, yes, more Welsh cottages in June, with more thanks to Caroline at Blaentrothy Welsh Holiday Cottages.
My love for cottage porches prompted my August post (and made me wish I could take a nap on one of the lovely summer porches pictured there).
In September Caroline at Blaentrothy made it possible for me to show you the fabulous Bryn Eglur Cottage. It remains one of my favorites. How I love that cottage and the garden that surrounds it.
And the black lab. (Adorable, no?)
Fall is a beautiful season, and my mid-October post was full of autumn inspiration.
A tour of The Old Smithy Cottage in Wales was a November treat, thanks to Marie of Sugar and Loaf.
That brings us to December and a tour of a little 60's ranch home that grew up to become a cottage. Kim of "Niesz Vintage Home...and fabric" accomplished an amazing transformation and showed us that any abode can speak "cottage".
With prayers that the New Year will bring many blessings to you and your family,