A gift from a friend, to celebrate the building of this Cottage.
And so, I stopped my dusting, took my find to Lory's porch and enjoyed a good read.
If you don't mind...Let's just read a couple excerpts together..
Up to the Lake
by Tom Hegg
"Next year, we're going to get it right..
We'll plan so we can travel light.
There's no good reason, is there dear, to load the car with tons of gear...
Of course we need the things we use,
But really...twenty pairs of shoes?
And must the kids bring every toy?
I didn't when I was a boy-
...I don't care what my mother said;
You might believe the man you wed!
...Go ahead and laugh...that's fine...
But next year, better half of mind,
New year we're going to get it right..
We'll plan so we can travel light."
We'll be there in a little while...
Let's hold our breath for one whole mile!"
"Perfect Moment # 1: Morning
I glance at the clock...take a deep, filling yawn...
The sap-sweetened air is delicious and cool...
The lake starts to sparkle with rays from the sun...The songbirds are singing...and day has begun.
Ma Duck and her brood on a Morning Explore...
My cane-pole alive with the tug of a fish..
The hug of my down-vest...what more could I wish?"
Reading Mr. Hegg's stories of his summers spent in the Minnesota Northwoods is a good thing to do on this Summer's afternoon .
There's a lot to be learned from a
"Bear of Very Little Brain"
and as I sat enjoying Christopher Robin I was reminded, once again, of Pooh's profound wisdom.
Because Pooh tells us...
“Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.”
― A.A. Milne
Maybe I should just pack a little
"smackerel of honey"
and head to my 75 acre wood.
Pooh would be proud of me.
"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
The keepers of Green Valley work hard so You can enjoy Living Simply during Your time in our Valley.
Come--Live Simply for a day or two
It's Finally Summer !!!
It's time to get outside
and have some serious fun!!
I've been inside too long.
I want sunshine and summer time fun.
How about you?
Bring on those sunny summer days.
Today, between guests, while I wait on the laundry to dry,
I decide to do some office work from Lory Cottage.
I head to the front porch, open my computer,
and here I am!
It's a good place to write, and after nonstop rain for the past five days, it feels good to be outside in the sunshine again listening to the birds' songs and the whirl of the lawn mower.
During Deb's time at Lory Cottage earlier this month, she wrote that "In a world and culture so immersed in violence, greed, arrogance and bullying..in a world and culture bombarded with noise pollution, light pollution...
There is this World of Green Valley Cottages.
A haven, a respite, a profound blessing.
A little bit of heaven for the weary traveler.
And one definition of heaven on earth is--A hallowed haven in an uncertain world.
That is exactly how I would describe your beautiful setting - a place where you can marvel at all that God has created and feel safe".
I may be biased, but I think Deb's got it just about right!
"Many things this time of year
Give my heart a thrill
It’s the time of year I love the most, but...
Nothing says spring like Daffodils!"
The gentle gardener who created, planted and cared for the gardens at Excelsior Cottage is no longer with us.
But with the coming of Spring we are thankful for him, as we enjoy the blessing of the flowers that appear as if by magic.
This week as we walk the trails and grounds we find thousands of daffodils popping up in the most unexpected places.
Isn't Spring wonderful?
"At some point...you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you."
It's here...that first day of Spring we've been waiting for!
As Charles Dickens said,
"It was one of those March days
when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold.
When it is summer in the light and winter in the shade."
Well, that was true yesterday...the last day of winter...when I cut daffodils and arranged them in bottles for the kitchen window.
Today...the first day of Spring, I woke to a beautiful snowy day...8 inches so far and counting.
Humm...it is Spring, isn't it?
it's Spring--and we love it.
If you would please, just for a minute,
let's forget Winter.
This week I feel like cleaning and removing the last of my Winter décor.
Yes, it's officially still Winter, but I know that Winter will soon be over with its cold and chilly winds, and beautiful Spring is on its way.
And so, for just today, I will dream of flowers, flowing waters and songs of the birds.
Come dream along with me--it will soon be Spring you know!
Anytime I feel lost or in search of answers, I can always find it best in the silence.
There is an unbelievable peace here that radiates through the chaos and confusion of daily life.
A place to find things, grow things and discover all the small details that sadly become misplaced in the dishevelment of life.
A place of peace and comfort.
A place where times stay still and everything makes perfect sense.
That's what our Dec. 16th guests discovered during their time at Green Valley.
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