Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Cottage

It seems I promised in an earlier post that you would...
have a tour of our cottage

so, if you are interested in what our little home looks like...

here is how we live in our cottage

you have seen the front and back and much of the yard on which it sits

I did mention that we will be putting up a front porch in the future...
as soon as the bridge over the river is finished
we will need the bridge to bring over the items for the building of the porch

I love that this cottage versus the last one sits fully on the ground
makes life a little easier that way when one is getting older

coming in through the front door and to the left is the doorway to our bedroom

the bedroom is 10 by 10 square feet...
just enough for a king size bed and 2 small end tables
it's all we need in there

on the left of the room is my husband's "valet"...
where his town clothes are kept

just another view

to the right of the bedroom is the doorway to the bath area
we keep a pair of lace curtains in that opening; no door

the bathroom is also 10 by 10 sq feet

showers are what we like, no bathtubs
it suits us best to run off after work dirt on the farm...
not to sit in it

I love having a window to look out of when in the shower
and it brings in plenty light which is appreciated

this is the hallway in the bathroom
and of course, loving glass blocks...
we had the tile installer put those in for light

we just have a small sink for face and hand washing...
and a shelf on each side of it for toiletries

across from the sink is the closet for clothing
in lieu of dressers, we put in shelving for underthings

to the right of the closet is the linen closet that also holds bath supplies
it is simply shelving and I covered the opening with a lace curtain

the toilet area is very simple with a shelf across the wall

this room also has windows for light and openess

I also put up a small cabinet to hold various items

we are standing in the breezeway
this room is 15 by 20 feet
it is screened in and a metal grid was put in for security

in the breezeway, you can see the 2 doorways across from the bedroom...
that lead to the kitchen and dining areas

the left side of the breezeway leads to the back yard...
and you can see where we sometimes relax after a day's work

we often watch news we downloaded from youtube news channels...
documentaries and sermons
it helps our brains to start shutting down for the evening...
after lots of activities on the homestead

inside the right doorway...
we come into the dining area where we also...
have a tiny "den" area for my husband to put his feet up...
and listen to the radio

it's also a 10 by 10 sq feet room and the windows make it airy and light

so now, we are looking at our dining area and part of the kitchen

the kitchen is once again, 10 by 10 sq feet
just the right size for us

I made my own dish drainer with left over wood...
and bought a vinyl tray to put under it
I cut off the one end of the tray so the water could drain into the sink

in lieu of cabinets, we put in shelves
it saved up monies and I rather like the look of shelves in the kitchen
kind of makes it look a bit more old fashioned

we put in a medium size freezer and instead of a full refrigerator...
we got a small drink cooler (on the left side) to keep perishables
it does the job nicely and I make ice in the freezer

another view of the kitchen from the back of it

I love to hang my iron pots (my favorite kind) on the wall
I simply put thick nails in to hang them

I use the walls on either side of the screen door to the outside...
as a pantry

I had the carpenter make the counter tables unattached from the walls...
and with wheels to be able to move them around for convenience

another view towards my cooking area

my husband had just brought in the milk...
so I was straining it and putting it away

my dogs always get a little...
and so do I
so good fresh from the cow

this is the back from off the porch and where my herb garden...
is slowly being built up
my husband put a striped roof of solid and clear roofing for shade and light

I love this area
it's where I do laundry and putter around with my potted herbs
the dogs also love lying around in this area

to the left of the back porch is a home made seat that is large enough...
to actually nap on
which we rarely do but, it's nice to have a seat to relax on

I put in a tiny garden with blocks to carry some of the herbs

I have 2 grapevines planted along the edges of the herb garden
we shall see if they give us fruit in the future
they have been doing really well and growing fast

I do believe that is pretty much it
hope you enjoyed it and that this tour gave you a little of how we live...
in our little cottage

we live simply and with very little
we see no value in having things that do not have a use in our daily living

having too many things and too much of them can be a burden...
and it sure does make for less cleaning

if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section
I will gladly answer them


  1. Your place is so lovely in its simplicity. It's light and open feeling is very nice.

    You've done a great job ~ FlowerLady

  2. Jean, you and your husband have built a beautiful home. Just so beautiful. Simple but truly everything you need.


  3. A wonderful home - thanks for taking us on a looks surprisingly large - so light and airy with all those lovely windows......wish we had just a smidgeon of your weather.
    I smiled when I saw your husband's caps (every photo of him he has a cap on!) hanging up...three no less!
    Wish you both God's richest blessings and many happy years to enjoy this happy home.

    1. Heh, my husband, Don, loves wearing caps to keep the sun off his head as he is outside so much.

  4. Jean it's really lovely. It has a very peaceful look to it. I like the white, which gives it space and light.
    Thank you very much for the tour.
    Blessings Gail.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to share your earthly space with us! Truly a peaceful respite for you & hubby, and lovely for us see and almost feel the serenity that must dwell therein. I love the white that surrounds the interior of your home... so open, and makes it CLEAN, CLEAR, & BRIGHT as a dear friend says! May you be richly blessed in your beautiful surroundings!

  6. Recently found your blog and I'm slowly reading through your many and varied posts. I love your home its wonderful. Thank you for sharing your self sufficient journey.

  7. What a nice little design and a lovely location. It has you and your husband's personality all over it. I think the breezeway is my favorite part. Thank you for the tour.

  8. Thanks, Jean! It's such a lovely place, indeed! Your husband is a master. The Lord has blessed him to create such a wonderful cottage. Let it thrive and prosper under the rays of His glory.
    Jess - one of members

  9. Your homestead is beautiful, well planned and just right for you two. I like your screened breezeway, your use of lace curtains and glass bricks to let in light.

  10. WOnderful post and gorgeous photos! :)

  11. I have not been by, to visit your blog, in so, so long. I'm so happy to see you are still sharing the beautiful details of your life. I love your new cottage! Beautiful & perfect for the two of you! So nice to have had free time this evening to look up an "old blog friend". God bless you two, and your beautiful farm!