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Cottage Pollinators - Butterflies

A few early butterflies love the fragrant viburnum bushes! These are mostly eastern tiger swallowtails, but a smaller flutterer is in the mix as well.  It’s going to be fun to learn to identify these beautiful pollinators.  20 more words

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England 23rd April

St George that swinged the dragon, and e’er since
Sits on his horses back at mine hostess’ door.[1]

Eminent or exotic, saint or saviour Saint George, patron saint of England and many other lands is, possibly one of the greatest enigmas in the pantheon of saints. 534 more words


Cottage Daffodils

 Wordsworth speaks of a grander daffodil landscape than exists at the cottage–an ode to plant more?

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills, 177 more words

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Bottle Tree No. 1, Complete

In August, 2013 I posted a journal entry titled “The Craft Fair; Yard Art Checklist.”  Bottle tree no. 1 is now complete, with much help from friends. 95 more words

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Spring 2014 Blooms

Photos of early spring flora:

Violets and an array of greenery I call my ‘country lawn’

Dandelions, a major component of the country lawn.

I think this maybe a variegated Periwinkle (ground cover) 51 more words

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Our England is a garden that is full of stately views,
Of borders and shrubberies and lawns and avenues,
With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by; 849 more words


Return to the Cottage Credo

“I look back with gladness to the day when I found the path to the land of heart’s desire, and thank Fate ceaselessly with a loud voice that she did not permit town to sap all the years away while the heart was turning to wind-voices and flower-faces and the hands of kindly earth.”~~Mrs. 167 more words

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