I wonder. Has it really been 20 years?
By chance, while dusting my bookshelves, I rediscovered Sophronia Cottage’s first guests’ log book.
The book began as a personal journal of my family’s adventures of working, rebuilding, and loving Green Valley.
And then, the idea of a “cottage” was planted, watered, and nourished until it grew and blossomed into
Sophronia Cottage at Green Valley Lake.
My personal journal then became a guests’ log with the 1st entry being made on July 28, 1995.
“Thank you for sharing this beautiful, peaceful place. This was one of the most relaxing weekends we have had
and we certainly plan to return.
You have done a wonderful job on the cabin and the grounds. The natural beauty remains, with all the comforts of home.”
And so...the story began...
a poem by Edgar A. Guest
“I want to go fishing ! somewhere on a stream
I want to give way to the longing to dream.
Away from the tumult of motor and mill.
I want to be carefree. I want to be still!
I’m weary of doing things; weary of words,
I want to one with the blossoms and birds.
I want to push off from the river-kissed shore
Alone with my dreams and my fancies once more.
I am wearying of reading the books on my shelf
I want to be quiet and think for myself.
I’ve a feeling sometimes of huge things crushing me
And I want to go somewhere and set my soul free.
I want to go fishing! to sit all alone
Where only the purest of breezes are blown;
To visit in worlds that are different from ours,
The world of the insects, the song birds, the flowers;
To question the skies and the waters below
And be the glad youth that I was long ago.”
Another welcoming sign proclaiming the arrival of Spring...
Baby Bluebirds at Green Valley.
We enjoy tending our bluebird boxes.
Doing our best to provide a safe nesting area for the birds and their young.
Today we discover 5 eggs in one box
and babies in the other...Life is happening at Green Valley.
The day was a drizzly, rainy one.
Not a good day for grounds care.
The guests were snuggled into their cottages.
All is calm at Green Valley.
It’s a good day for G.V.’s guardians to get out and about.
Do some shopping, visiting and eating.
First stop of the day...Wilson’s Store/Bittersweet Memories
for a nice chat with Patty and Bonnie, some candy, cheese and chips.
Sweets treats and Sweet ladies make a trip to Wilson’s a happy thing to do.
Back into the van, dig through our purchases to find the bag
of chocolate covered peanuts and we’re off to Marshall’s to search among all the treasures...hoping to find another
Perfect item for the cottages.
And, or course we were successful, some new wall art and perfect blue vases....that will look just right atop the
old cupboard at Lory Cottage.
I’ll leave my pretty things there for now... and later, when the mood hits, I’ll move them to a another Cottage.
One of my very favorite childhood past times was “playing house”.
It seems I haven’t grown up !!!
An entry from our guest books, April 1-3.
"The pictures online don’t give the true appreciation of this beautiful cottage.
I was impressed from the moment we drove down the lane to the Lory Cottage.
I would recommend this cottage to anyone that is in need of a little time away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
We enjoyed sitting by the lake, walking the trails.
We even visited the Wilson’s General Store. This is a must see !
The Store was perfect and took us back to our childhood days.
The most memorable part of Green Valley was watching a bald eagle swoop down and grab a fish right out of the lake.
What a site to see.
We loved it here !!!"
Our valley is waking from a long winter’s nap.
It began as a whisper in the melting snow three weeks ago.
Now it’s a Shout in greening grass, budding trees, blooming daffodils,
birds’ song, and tiny leaf peeper frogs that serenade us from the water gardens and streams...Spring Has Arrived !!
This week has seen the deck furnishings coming out of storage to get a good wash before returning to the cottage decks and porches.
The cottage windows are opened to fresh breezes blowing the curtains.
Rugs are drying on the railings.
Today a treasure was discovered hiding in the flower garden.
A nest of bunnies....the mother ran across the yard.....and no further attempt was made by the gardener to clean that bed of flowers.
There’s too much life happening there....cleaning winter’s debris away
can wait for another day, after the bunnies have hopped away.
Spring can’t be held back...the Easter bunnies nested in the garden told us so.
It’s happening....the snow is disappearing....and more robins are in the yard.
The air “feels” like spring. It’s time to pack away the snowmen and winter
décor and bring spring into the cottages...yes, spring cleaning has begun.
It’s time to move furniture, buy something new, freshen the cottages for our spring and summer guests.
Spring feels good to me !
I know, I know, it’s still 32 days until it’s officially Spring, but I’m feeling optimistic today....and so,
let’s take a break from Winter and Think Spring !!!
I think Mark Twain said it best....
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain
Enough talk of snow...let’s talk Spring .... Because yesterday I saw a robin perched in the birch tree at Excelsior Cottage.
And if there’s a little more snow along the way, that’s o.k.
warm weather, bicycles, hammocks, and fishing poles will soon return to our valley.
So, I’ll take a walk down the snowy lane, enjoying it’s beauty...
while looking forward to the blooming of spring that’s just around the corner.
Jan. 22nd, 2016
The first snow fall of the winter of 2015-2016 began at 3:31 p.m.
A major storm is predicted for our region, rental cancellations are made,
giving the owners time to hunker down and enjoy the beauty of Green Valley themselves,
which is a rare treat indeed !
First order of business...a wintery walk to the barn, around the wagon shed
and down to the bridge over Bear Creek,
making tracks in the snow as I savor the quiet and solitude of the Excelsior Cottage property.
Snow mounts up as evening approaches.
This calls for a ride into the valley to see the deer in the meadow, and the lights in
the windows of Sophronia, Francena and Lory Cottages.
Awe, perfection indeed !
Keeping an eye on the snow accumulations as night draw near.
The plower of snow has been called and he will arrive around 2:00 a.m.
to do his first pass in keeping Green Valley’s lane open.
This morning the valley is covered in nearly 20” inches of snowy beauty.
The maple tree outside the kitchen window is filled with birds at the feeders.
Time to put on the boots, coats, gloves and scarves and head out with the shovel.
There’s a snowy day to enjoy! Spring’s coming you, know?