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.