Month: April 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Our Weekend

We had a very busy two days this past weekend. We worked on redoing some of our flower pots in our little street garden. We lost our 4 year old rosemary in the last frost and so we replaced it with a brand new very happy looking little pot of rosemary that sits near our door. I love to run my hands through its delicate branches and smell the sweet smell of rosemary on my fingertips.

On Saturday we went out to run errands. I did a bit of shopping and picked up some things for school and home, while Mr. Michie went to the Library to work on a paper. I picked him up when I was done and the smell of the library just took me back.

This is a very beautiful library. It is fairly new, but they have paid attention to detail and used their spaces wisely. They have two gorgeously lit stained glass windows in the entrance way and display cabinets here and there with small exhibitions inside or pieces of local history and lore.

I have to say, I truly love libraries! What is it about a library? Card catalogues and the dewey decimal system and books bound in plastic wrappers that crinkle when you open their spines, the smell of age rippling out from the pages as you flip through, it all just makes me happy.

So, as Mr. Michie finished up, I stole his phone and did a little photographing of my own. I found a vintage wallpaper book and fell in love with the Kate Greenaway wallpaper page. I have an original piece of hers that Mr. Michie gave me as a Birthday present the year before we were married.

It hangs in our room and is one of the things that greets me “Hello!” in the morning. It is from an alphabet book of hers’, with a pink “J” edged in gold and a little girl who stands on the “J” and holds a windmill in her hand. It is beautiful and delicate and makes me very happy, every time I see it!

After he was packed up and ready to go, we gathered our things and headed to the movies for a date. He took me to see, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It was delightful. A lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon, watching a sweet movie, eating popcorn and holding hands.

We grabbed some dinner after the movie and headed home and just as we were about to walk in the door, Mr. Michie spied this:

Our first olive! It might not look like much, but we have had that olive tree almost as long as we have been married and I am happy to see the fruits of our labors before us, it was a nice gift from Mother Nature on the eve of Earth Day.

Under the Weather

Please forgive my absence as I have been a bit under the weather the past few days. I am on the mend and will be back to my normal posting shortly! I have so much to share from our weekend adventures….

Hug Me!

The first week back to school after going away is always a tough one, in that you normally, or at least we normally don’t stick to a schedule. We will stay up later than usual chatting over a cup of tea, watching a movie, playing a game.

So going back to such a hectic routine can be tiring and by the middle of the week, I am feeling it, so when I spotted this today over at SwissMiss, I just smiled!

I could use a coke machine that I hugged and a got little can of coke back out of it, because that is just happiness!

Writing on the Wall #44

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot, 1890, as quoted in Catch the Whisper of the Wind compiled by Cheewa James

Bottoms Up!

I’m Back, I’m back! Thank you all for sticking with me while I had a few days off and thank you ever so much to Goose Girl & Foxy who posted in my stead, I had so much fun seeing what you were up to (that is one of their pictures above).

Well, today closes out our Easter Break. Somehow the time we have together is never enough and there is never enough time to get everything done that I want to do.

But, we are blessed with the time that we have had together and with what we have been able to do with it. We did a few things around the house today to get ready for the week. We went grocery shopping and picked up a fresh turkey breast to make for Sunday dinner.

We stopped off at the coffee shop and ate a bite of brunch. I had an iced Italian Lemonade and a chicken & pesto panini, it was wondrous!

We came home, Mr. Michie folded some laundry for me and I went to work on making Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies from my Betty Crocker Cooky Book. I have a few tweaks I make to them and now the house smells so cozy.

I suppose this week is coming, whether or not we are ready for it. It will be a whirlwind as all first weeks back to school are. So, Bottoms Up! Here we come!

(All images by J. Michie, except “Bottoms Up!“, found at ElectroSpark)

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!

Yesterday we left our little farm cottage and headed home, back to our own cottage. I grabbed my camera from the kitchen table, while Foxy was finishing his packing, as I wanted to take a few more photos before we had to catch our train.

So, goodbye to the morning mist across the fields, that dampened my face as I spread our leftover pieces of toast onto the bird table in the morning. Goodbye, to my little moo cow painting that greeted me while I had my tea and goodbye to the teddy bear face hidden in the beam, that smiled at me while I sat in front of the fire:

The Teddy Bear Beam

Goodbye Mr. Bumblebee, I will miss your buzz, buzz, buzzing in the herb garden while I go about my day:

Mr Bumblebee

Goodbye my evergreens, I can’t wait to come back so I can collect your miniature pine cones to decorate my own little cottage with:


Goodbye Spring blossoms and Mr. & Mrs. Robin, who sung so sweetly to me in the light of dawn and as the light faded into dusk:

Mr. and Mrs. Robin

Until we meet again, goodbye little cottage in the countryside, I shall miss you!