Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Coming Along

We may just make move in day before the end of the month

this is what the back of the cottage looks like thus far
once we are in...
the herb garden will be started outside the back...
and will be a little courtyard in itself with a roof to let the sun shine through...
but keep us dry if we are in the herb garden

I realize it is hard to picture it right now...
but in time, you will see how we put the garden in

I took a tour around the property to get a sense of where things will be...
and this here spot will hold the chicken area
the chickens will still be free ranged but...
a covered coop and run area will give us options on where the hens lay and roost...
and if we need to be out during the day to keep them safe

of course, whenever we are near the spring creek...

the dogs do quench their thirst and take a wade

 and although the photo turned out fuzzy...
you can see what pretty creatures hang out by the creek

I do believe the chickens will get fat off some of them

this white egret isn't so curious about us as she is keeping an eye on our cow
a great tick and fly eater...
which is of great benefit to our livestock, pets and us homesteaders

the atrium doors have been put up...
the iron work and screens for the woodwork area around the doors are coming

towards the bottom left is my laundry facility
a outdoor sink and washer will go on the spot where the concrete blocks are
solar power should run the washer while the water for it will come from the rain barrel...
which you can see by the shed in the previous picture

and the guys finally put down the pavers for the atrium
I just wanted one color scheme for that...
which would work well with the green on the cottage

we will have one step up into the cottage rooms...
something I had tried to avoid but it didn't work out due to not being there...
when the concrete outline for the atrium was put down
my mistake, but it won't be a big deal once the wooden step is put in

we left a space at the top of the wall on the atrium side for heat escape
 we get a lot of cool breezes here and the cottage stays cool with no need for air conditioning...
natural air cooling system is the best way to go, I say

here at my kitchen window...
I will get to look at the kitchen garden my husband will be putting in for our vegetable supply

the gate you see in the distance will be the gateway into the woods...
with my morning coffee walk with the dogs
the dogs will be able to run freely through there while I enjoy my cup of coffee...
listening to birds and enjoying the woodsy nature

and we have been busy painting the furniture for the den and kitchen
soon, we will put up the shelving throughout the cottage for linens, pantry and such
the Lord willing

I realize that all our plans are only tentative, for...

Go to now, ye that say,
Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city,
and continue there a year, and buy and sell,
and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.
For what is your life?
It is even a vapour,
that appeareth for a little time,
and then vanisheth away.
For that ye ought to say,
If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
James 4:13-15

May your day or night be the glory of God's will.


  1. Such a lovely home and spot to live for all of you.


  2. Wow! Your place is turning out beautiful. So lush and green.
    I take it you don't have a mosquito problem there, with the space you left open for the heat to escape? Just asking since my sister lives in a tropical area also (Hawaii) and they have a horrible time with mosquitoes.

    1. Hi Kimberly! While we don't have any problems with mosquitoes, we will have everything screened in. Our breezes are stiff enough to keep mosquitoes away and we have plenty bats that come out from the woods at night to eat any up.

  3. Dear Jean, I am so happy that everything is coming together! I can just see you drinking your fresh morning cup of coffee in your little slice of heaven. God is so good to give us the desires of our hearts! I feel the peace coming from your words even though I know it has been much labor done in love...
    Hugs, Roxy

  4. It is going to be wonderful! I love the wood floors and the atrium and the natural air conditioning. I assume bugs are not an issue, mosquitoes etc?


    1. Hi Deanna! It will all be screened in. But, because of the breezes, we don't have much problems with bugs of any kind. The chickens keep them down very well as do the bats with mosquitoes.

  5. It's looking lovely Jean. Something about those lovely light colours that are so calming. I love those verses from James. When I find myself stressing about things that need to be done around our little farm, those verses are very grounding. Our lives really are in His Hands, but we wouldn't want it any other way, would we. Thank you for sharing the progress. I look so forward to seeing what you have accomplished since your last post.
    Blessings Gail.

  6. Your place looks like a bit of heaven and I know it means more to you as you all work to see it completed.

  7. It is so beautiful and open. I assume you have no worries about security there!??? I am dying to see more pictures of your move-in. Your story is so interesting to me~ so different from where I live.