Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Enchanting Cottage - The Finale

When last we saw Cottage Lover in The Enchanting Cottage - Part Three she was oohing and ahhing over the master bedroom ceiling. . .


Artist Steve appreciated the compliments from Cottage Lover. 

He motioned toward the door, "Come and I'll show you the Secret Room."

Cottage Lover's eyes lit up with delight.  For if there was one thing she loved as much as cottages, it was secret rooms

Artist Steve led Cottage Lover into another bedroom.  There she saw a delightful painting the artist had created for his daughter when she was very little.




Artist Steve opened a door in a large armoire and Captain said, "Look inside.  There's a ladder."

It was so dark inside the armoire that Cottage Lover could barely see the ladder.  Captain urged her to climb it.  She was a tad fearful, since it was a narrow ladder and very steep, but Captain steadied her with his strong arms and told her she would not regret the climb.

When she reached the top of the ladder she saw a small room with a tall window.



She stepped up into the room and turned to behold magical creatures.



  A second ladder for climbing to a loft.





And next to the ladder a door that Artist Steve said opened into a little closet.


Artist Steve had created the Secret Room for his daughter.  And Cottage Lover thought his daughter must be one of the most blessed children in all the world.  Who could ask for a more loving father?

Cottage Lover climbed down the ladder with the help of Captain, and followed Artist Steve to the back porch.


 
She was amazed that the porch was just as charming. . .



just as whimsical. . .




just as wondrous. . .



as the rest of the cottage.



Resting on the porch floor was a cradle that Artist Steve had made.  A cradle that reminded Cottage Lover of the little cradle she saw in Steve's painting.




A butterfly graced the front of the cradle. 




Oh, it was adorable!  And Cottage Lover imagined it to be an absolutely,

positively,

perfectly peaceful place for a baby to nap.



Artist Steve took Cottage Lover and Captain outside to show them the weather vanes a friend had made.






Cottage Lover thought The Enchanting Cottage deserved such marvelous weather vanes.




Artist Steve's studio overlooked the garden.




Although the garden was dormant, it was still charming.  For Artist Steve had decorated it with trellises and other pretty things.



Like a gazebo. . .




with matching benches.






The garden shed had a special door that looked just as a garden shed door should look in such a magical, fairy tale place.




All too soon the tour of The Enchanting Cottage was over.



Cottage Lover felt sad that she had to leave The Enchanting Cottage.

She did take consolation, however, in knowing that she could return once more.

Perhaps in the spring.

When The Enchanting Cottage garden is in bloom.

And she knew, if she did return then, she would take photos and share her garden experience with her Cottage Friends.

 
The End

 
(Dear Readers, if you missed Part One of The Enchanting Cottage, you'll find it here.  Part Two is here.  Part Three is here)
 
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28 comments:

  1. wow--a secret room and all! too cool

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    1. It kind of reminded me of a C.S. Lewis story. You know, the wardrobe and all. :)

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  2. I have so enjoy this visit you have taken us on. The house is so magical.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Betty. That makes me happy. :)

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  3. The tour is over, but I'm happy to know that such a lovely place exist somewhere in the world.

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    1. This is one of the wonderful things about the internet. We get to see beauty everywhere, don't we Magali?

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  4. Adorable room the artist created for his little one. I bet dreams were made in her mind . . . Gorgeous weather vane. Delightful tour it has been.

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    1. Thank you, Lynne. It was a pleasure to share it.

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  5. Sweet little cottage. I love it when people use so much imagination to better their environments. I do that all the time. (And I also love cottages and live in two!) Please do return in the spring and summer...and fall...lol...and take more photos. :)

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    1. You live in two cottages? You are, indeed, blessed. :)

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  6. Magical cottage with a hidden room! The weather vane is gorgeous and I'm sure the garden is too when in bloom!

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    1. I've not yet seen the garden in bloom, Barb. Steve said it's beautiful, and I'm sure he's right.

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  7. What a neat cottage!! I can't wait to see the garden, too, when it's in bloom! ~Angela~

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Angela. I hope I can get some good garden photos to show when the times comes. Have a great day.

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  8. Oh, my! I would have loved this place as a child...it is magical.

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    1. I had a secret tree house, Rose. Well, actually, it was my brother's secret tree house. It was fun, though. (When he didn't kick me out. :) )

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  9. Nancy, oh my, truly magical! A secret room, sounds like a fairytale, love it! I'll be back to see things in bloom! Thank you for sharing the wonderful photographs, they were truly amazing!
    Nancy

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  10. Truly magical! Thanks for sharing! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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    1. My pleasure. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  11. What a lovely cottage and love all the details in the wood work. I would love to have had a secret room when I was a child! Thanks for sharing.
    Judy

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    1. You're welcome, Judy. Thanks for joining me on the journey. :)

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  12. Wow, I'm beyond words...magical indeed! Oh how I would've loved to be the one walking through the cottage. What I'd do to have an amazing studio like that to work in. Thanks for transporting us and I'm so glad I found you over at the Share Your Cup Thursday Party!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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    1. I'm glad you found me, too, Marie. :) It's great to make a new friend. Thanks for introducing yourself, and for leaving such a nice comment. ~ Nancy

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  13. Amazing! What a talented man Steve is! so creative, does he do that in his spare time? or for a living! it is so awesome, as you well know!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!
    hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Steve puts his talent to work full time in his woodworking business. He's done some amazing commercial projects in restaurants, coffee houses, bars, etc. And his screen doors are great!

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  14. Charming through and through! The wood carvings and detail is unbelievably beautiful, I wouldn't ever want to leave! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. My pleasure, Cindy. Thanks for stopping by, and for hosting your lovely party. xx

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