Saying Good-bye to Our Cottage in the Pines

The day of our departure is getting closer. Right now  I'm spending a few days with my grandchildren near Denver, enjoying a break from packing and giving furnishings away.

A few days ago I snapped some photos of our cottage and the grounds. It was a beautiful morning, as is often the case this time of year in the Colorado Rockies. In the early morning light the easterly mountains appear blue.

Our cottage rests on a 1/2 acre lot filled with Ponderosa Pine, wild grasses, shrubs and flowers,

Strolling through the grass I spied Mountain Bluebells.

I love the way Primrose pushes its way through the rocky soil.

This is Rubus deliciosus, commonly known as Delicious Raspberry. Its fruit is dry and not highly valued. But the bush is very hearty and the flowers are lovely.

Menodora brighten the landscape.

I think more than anything I'll miss our log barn, which is now my husband's art studio. It dates back to the 1800's and was the original homesteader's cabin. About 400 acres were part of the homestead in those days. Now it's subdivided into much smaller parcels.

If we were staying here we would install window boxes for flowers and plant more flowers and shrubs around the cottage.

We really accomplished a lot in two years, though. The first three months we went from this. . .

 to this. . .

Last summer we finished the remodeling by tearing off the broken down back porch, moving the door and adding an eyebrow over it, and putting in new windows. I love the way it turned out.

It's fun to imagine how our next home will look. I wonder how the view from my new kitchen window (wherever it is) will compare with this one.



  1. I hope your next view is as gorgeous as the one you are leaving. I'm new here, so just to be nosy...why are you leaving?

    1. Welcome, Nancy. Dennis and I love to garden and want to live somewhere with a longer growing season. We're also hoping to eliminate a mortgage, or most of it.

  2. how beautiful! I'm sure you'll miss it.

    1. Hi Anne! I'm sure I'll miss some of it, but I have a lot of great memories that I'll keep forever. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I'll be looking forward to some pics of your new place and I'm sure you'll love it too. Sue

  4. As much as I am excited for you two -- I know it must be sad to leave this little cottage behind. Lovely tribute Nancy. xo

  5. Ahhhh . . . sad to leave yet looking forward to the new. What a sight you have had out your window . . . I am wishing you wonderful views in your new home . . . I look forward to seeing and hearing about your new chapter!

    1. Thanks so much, Lynne. I've lived in many different homes, apartments and townhomes over the years, and although moving isn't easy, I'm glad I've had the opportunity to explore new places. It's great to keep in touch with my blogging buddies like you. And that I can do wherever I live. Blessings to you.


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