Monday, April 17, 2017

Sea Cottage Life

The rain floats in and out of our valley.  Sun filters through the clouds giving such a gentle light.  

The quiet sunlight provides calm in our grey washed kitchen. 

We painted the custom oak cabinetry throughout our cottage three years ago.  We used Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart Living.  We still love this peaceful, pale palette of the Pacific Coast.

 Weathered rattan chairs paired with a new driftwood style table are perfect for just the two of us. Our kitchen looks out into the garden and a french door with sheer lace opens to the patio.

My merman just built new larger raised beds for the potager.  The old ones had weathered to the perfect driftwood grey but they were 10 yrs. old and rotting inside. These too will weather in good time.

   the Palms have grown so tall and will soon hold a natural weave hammock

  Everything was overgrown with weeds.  In between the rains we weeded and covered with crushed granite.  The raised bed nearest the house has French and Spanish Lavender, French Thyme, Red Onions, Carrots and Early Girl tomatoes. We have filled the middle bed almost entirely with strawberries except for three sweet 100 cherry tomatoes on the end.  There are six newly planted yellow pear tomatoes in the furthest bed near the redwood.  When it is warm enough I will sow Seashell Cosmos seeds in the rest of the bed.

Our tiny English Rose Garden is in front of the bedroom window.  I picked our first Queen Of Sweden rose a few days ago.

Now into the Quiet Garden where the Japanese maples are growing so beautifully that they cover the path

a hidden, quiet garden space

with an iron bench for contemplation  

and the canopy of  trees with a small market umbrella for shelter

in the misty rain

Moroccan lanterns hanging from branches

and climbling White Lady Banks roses 

Birds surround our cottage with the abundance of shelter from the trees to provide sanctuary for them.  I always have a window open to hear their song, even when it's raining.  The Out Of Africa soundtrack also plays on repeat...its romance always keeps me daydreaming.  A cup of hot English tea is always in hand.  

Thank you for your quiet visits.  You can find me daily on Instagram to leave comments and say hello.

Sea Tidings,

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