I'm closing the gate on the Cottage.
Saying goodbye can be bittersweet. And, although saying goodbye to a place where I've spent 15 years of my life isn't easy, the time has come.
The Cottage is a place of abundance and comfort and I hope that new owners will find that and more just as I did.
I take with me all I've learned living at the Cottage, my memories, faith, experiences, and more...
Some of my favorite lessons were outlined in previous posts - Natural Abundance, Elective Frugality, Easy Elegance, Simple Grace, and Living With Chickens.
I loved growing my own food, preserving it, living in harmony with the Seasons, my gardens, and the surrounding land. I lived what I termed, the Cottage Lifestyle.
Followers of this blog would often write and ask questions, such as, "I live in an apartment. I can't have chickens. I don't have a garden. How can I live the Cottage Lifestyle?"
To these and similar questions I would answer that it's not so much about where you live, how much garden you have, or the type or style of home you occupy. The Cottage Lifestyle is a philosophy that you carry in your heart and mind.
And now, I get to live my own words!
My present circumstances in a newly purchased and lovely condo would be enviable to many people. However, I have very little garden space...a few pots of herbs and flowers, a rhubarb stashed in a found spot in a tiny landscaped patio, tarragon and lovage herbs slipped into a narrow border...
I'll share a secret with you...I've always had a desire to be a bit of a minimalist, to chuck the majority of my possessions...all the stuff! But minimalism seemed a far reach from where I was to where I wanted to be...
...but not where I find myself now in a small two-bedroom condo I share with my Mom whom I've moved to my new locale...in this new place where I live, discover, and create.