Castles, Crowns and Cottages

I can't recall how or when I first discovered Anita Pelayo Rivera's blog Castles, Crowns and Cottages. Only that I've been following her now for several years -- perhaps more than that -- and have been immeasurably blessed by her person and her incredible talent that spans so many areas. She is a French teacher by profession, a harpist, a dancer, a poet and a photographer. This is the short list. There are so many more gifts that this beautiful soul possesses. 

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Anita posts frequently on Instragram at les_dames_dabord, however there are times when she graces the world with a blog post, and it's in those special moments where she combines her stunning photography with her poetry, and often a musical piece, that my heart rejoices. In a harsh and crude world where serenity and pure romance are in short supply, Anita gives us a lovely sanctuary that renews our weary spirits. I am grateful that Anita is in the world, and that I have the honor of calling this amazing woman my friend.

I hope you'll visit her gorgeous blog. You will not be disappointed. Here's the link. And here's the link to her Instagram page, too.




  1. I also have followed her blog for many years now. I have always been a romantic, but then I do think that most women are. There is something about soft colors and lighting, beautiful flowers, dining tables under the shade of lush green trees or in the middle of a grape arbor, a bedroom window with sheer flowing curtains and a view of roses or a pond filled with waterlilies. There is a restfulness just escaping to places like this, even if just through the pages of a book or a visit to a marvelous blog. You're sweet to share her blog with others, anyone who visits will fall in love.
    Have a sweet day, Nancy . . . I am delighted to see that you are blogging again; I've missed you :)

  2. I just visited her, and what a lovely blog! Thank you for introducing us to her! God bless you, my friend. :)

  3. Anita is very talented, no doubt. I can spot her photos a mile away in my Instagram feed. :)

  4. I have been blessed to call this beautiful soul my friend. You summed her up so nicely Nancy. I have never met anyone like Anita that graces creativity and beauty so elegantly. Anita is an amazing angel in our midst.

  5. Dear, dear Nancy, to say that is an honor is simply not enough. What the core of a person feels when such kindness and acknowledgement is given cannot be put into a clear, comprehensible understanding. This means so much to me that someone actually cares. You are right; we live in a very cruel world and it appears to be getting even worse, but I know better. The world has always been a dangerous place, but now that our freedom of expression has no limits on social media, goodness and light are having to compete even more with the bad. Thank you so much for this honor and it's SO GOOD to see posting again! Happy day my friend, Anita

  6. Thank you Nancy, for sharing this. I'll pop right over for a visit!

  7. she has a very pretty blog .. ♥

  8. We do need that sanctuary and you have described perfectly what a visit to her blog does for the soul and mind. And the music is always something that I have to listen to over and over, inspired choices.

  9. Hello Nancy,
    I stopped on over. WOW,what lovely blog indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  10. . . . . . . . how right you are Nancy, it is a harsh and cruel world, and getting worse by the day! People such as Anita who showers us with beauty and kindness (I follow her blog) are needed more than ever.

  11. A lovely tribute, Nancy, I love Anita's poetry and gorgeous photos as well. Feminine in the best sense of the word.

  12. I have been reading her blog for years. So charming!

  13. Oh, Nancy!

    I had lost track of you- your blog had dropped off my sidebar along with several others and I missed getting it back on there when I reloaded them.

    What an adventure you two are on. My Gosh! It seems I blinked and you had sold your home and moved to Texas! What!??!!!! lol

    I hope you are so in love with where you are living. We sold our home, too, and moved into a rental. While I like it- I don't love it and am champing at the bit to get a place to call home again.

    I went back to work full-time (after John's bout with cancer) and plan to retire (again) in a few months.

    Drop me a line if you have time! xo Diana

  14. Thank you Nancy for sharing Anita's Blog and Instagram.


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