Nature does not hurry,
yet everything gets accomplished
When I read that quote, I just wanted to Slow down.
To live this moment in a Fully Present state of mind.
Shut out the noise of news, traffic and life's list of this has to be done Now.
No it doesn't, everything can wait.
At least for a moment.
And in that moment I may discover the song of a bird, the blue of the sky, the babble of water, the call of geese heading to the lake, the sounds of life all around me.
And in the moment, the world didn't stop turning and I am happy that I paused.
Now that didn't take long, did it?
Today is a blue sky, green grass, breezes blowing sort of day.
The rains of the past three days has washed our world looks fresh and clean.
Today I just have to get outside and look up at the dancing leaves, green against the blue sky.
Life is everywhere. There's always something new bursting forth in the valley, if only I will take time to stop all the noise inside my head, look, and listen.
I need to hit that Pause button before the beauty of this day passes me by.
I take another deep breath. It's a day of contemplation, unwinding, renewing.
Listen, the birds are singing their song. And it's a happy one!
Won't You Come, too?
The sunshine, the breeze, the blossoms and all the green tell me to get outside and make the most of this April day.
And so, I close the computer, silence the phone and head to my happy place.
I breathe easier as I close Green Valley's gate behind me.
I know this is going to be good. It's the fun thing to do !
I will throw open the cottage windows and let the curtains dance in the breeze.
I will spend some time "playing house" with new treasures I've found on my most recent shopping trips.
I will toss my journal into the bike's basket and head to the lake.
Maybe even be bold enough to put my toes into the cold water.
I feel better already ! Green Valley clears my mind, chases away the world's noise.
This is the way a day was meant to be spent.
It's a grand day for enjoying life.
Why don't you come to Green Valley, too.
What do I do on a rainy January day when the skies are gray and the Christmas lights have been packed away?
Oh, that’s easy!
I think Spring.
I think refresh, restore and move around, from room to room and cottage to cottage.
Time to fix a pot of coffee, to curl up on the sofa, pull the throw over my feet and pour over a stack of
Cottage Style magazines.
It’s time to ponder, imagine and plan.
Hum, maybe paint some cabinets, new slipcovers, wall décor, lights?
And wouldn’t that piece of furniture look better on that side of the room, on that wall, in that Cottage??
I make notes, dog-ear pages and write shopping lists for TJX, Homegoods and Lowe’s.
This is Green Valley fun on a winter’s day.
Come see what’s new at the cottages.
I’ll bet you’re going to like it!
It's only days now....coming quickly.
The removal of one calendar for another.
A November day spent scrolling through photo files for the perfect 12 images that would reflect Green Valley's beauty in all seasons...the images....so many...of sunshiny days in the meadow, on the sparkling waters, the blooming of spring, the green of a summer's day, the turning of leaves, the falling of snow.
And now as we prepare to hang the new calendar, we at Green Valley will be happy and blessed to welcome in this New Year.
Happy New Year, dear friends of Green Valley.
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.