Season of Simplicity
Yesterday I woke up to see snowflakes gently falling outside. Our cottage garden was covered in a blanket of white and all I had imagined it could be in this season it had become. A beautiful tapestry of texture and muted colors. I stood at the front porch window and drank it all in.
In the past I would have cut down all the perennials and removed the annuals from the pots, but this year I didn't and I'm glad I resisted that chore. My winter garden is so much more interesting this way.
Earlier in the week, while it was sunny and warmer, I dug up and potted my rosemary. It will sit on the porch for a couple of weeks and then I'll bring it inside.
Truthfully, I was surprised by its size. I guess I hadn't been paying attention to its rapid growth. It started out as a small plant last spring.
I'm getting over a cold. Don't you hate those? Seriously, I would rather have the 24-hour flu. Miserable for a day and then it's over. That fits my impatient nature so much better.
Right now I prefer snuggling under a quilt and drinking tea to decorating the cottage for Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas decorating, have you seen the charming cottage of my friend Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable? Sooo pretty.
|Kim's Cottage Christmas|
I'd like to have Kim come and give our cottage a festive look.
Cold weather brings out the cook in me. I especially like to make soup and have thought for awhile that I'd like to try making borscht. (Ever since my first slurp of borscht made by a Ukranian chef in Estes Park, Colorado I've been hooked. Really.) I made my first attempt yesterday. It's not hard to make, but it does take about half a day. Here's the stock cooking on my little stove.
|I like beef in my borscht - the stock simmers for 4 hours.|
Have I mentioned how much I love this range? It may only be 20", but it hasn't hindered my cooking whatsoever. So glad I opted for a smaller stove so I could preserve my counter space. Now that's important to me!
But I digress. Back to the borscht.
I used a recipe found here. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't up to the Colorado Ukranian standard with its full-bodied, satisfying richness that made me swoon. I will not give up though. I continue in my quest for the perfect borscht recipe. I know it's how there. . .just waiting to be discovered.
Someone mentioned in a comment that they wanted to see our cottage garden in the summer. Here's a little video I produced in July, if you're interested. Very short. . . about 2 minutes.
Enjoy the season!