Saturday, May 6, 2023

Cottage in the Woods

My spouse and I are enjoying the seventh year in our "new" home. In those first days my husband maintained that our home's north side looked more like the front of a house that would face the street.

Our north porch

can see his point. But the street side of our property has a carport and the ramp up to our entry door, all under roof and with railings that help me navigate safely.

In contrast the north porch faces our "woods," creating privacy that offers space for unobtrusive storage. On the left east side is an antique cedar wardrobe that in former years held my stash of Bible lessons and craft supplies for my second grade Sunday school class. 

Several years later I graduated to working with fifth and sixth graders and then Vacation Bible School and after-school programs. Nothing got tossed and every space in the wardrobe was packed.  

Before we moved, a sister-in-law helped me empty the wardrobe and send the educational materials to good homes. 

Hubby inherited the wardrobe. He has filled it with tools and other home maintenance essentials. He also added a large oblong storage chest on the west side of the north porch.

We continue to enjoy our cozy home nestled among live oaks and maples. Azaleas have creeped over from the vacant property next door. We enjoy their gorgeous blooms every spring. 

They have finished their display for this spring but now the jasmine we planted is in full bloom over the pergola at the end of the ramp that goes up to our entry door. We are savoring the beauty and the fragrant scents of the jasmine blossoms.

To the south is a blueberry bush that Hubby transplanted from our former property. It's loaded with blueberries this year.They have yet to ripen. Soon the birds and other wildlife will once again be targeting those tasty treats as the berries turn to red then deep blue.

I won't complain, though. It's the price to pay for living in the woods with birds, raccoons, box turtles and the occasional rabbit and possum for neighbors. 

It's better than television!






  1. Yay...I'm so happy to see a new post Linda.
    Your "New" home sounds so wonderful. I like the idea of being surrounded by woods and its creatures.
    Lucky people that inherited all your supplies. We have been slowly weeding out our things too. Its a never ending process.

  2. Your house looks so lovely nestled there in the woods all lit up. Calm and peaceful.

  3. What a lovely house, and in such a charming area.

  4. I fell in love at first sight with your home, your porch and your yard. we would love a house like this. is that another porch on the south side? a screened porch? i have always wanted a porch or porches and never had even one.

    1. Yes, screened porch on east side. It is our favorite breakfast spot unless the ceiling fan fails to vanquish hot and muggy summer. Right now it’s perfect.

  5. You have a lovely home.
    Your north porch looks so warm and inviting.

  6. So good to hear from you. Miss chatting.
    You made me laugh when you said you have a brown thumb.. Ummm, Jasmine is such a heady fragrance.