Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Days Around the House

Hello Friends! We've been carried away on a tide of events this spring, where leisure time and our usual pursuits have taken a back seat. But I have missed my blogging friends! You who are always welcome to come and share in the simple and cozy cottage life with me.

It's pretty casual, but cottage living should always be informal and comfy with a few pleasurable things to look at. Our stream of summer guests just settle in. I just got tired of waiting for the right moment to happen and picked up the camera to share my day with you!

I love simple flowers in bunches for the table. I know some of you go out your back door and gather up some of your own, but we mostly get our flowers at the market. This time it's stocks and cheery chamomile!

Not much focus on indoor decor lately. Just a bit of shifting around and finding nonexistent places for things in this tiny house.

The lines between indoors and out get blurred anyway this time of year as we spend as much time as we can outside.

The doors are open early to let in the cool morning air, and then shut up again as soon as the day gets too warm.

But as soon as the sun goes down the doors are flung open again for the cool evening air in our dry New Mexico climate. (Not very buggy either!)

Mornings on the east patio are best for starting the day with a sweet breeze and birdsong. Sometimes this space looks spectacular, but right now we are lucky to have a bit of color in a pot or two alongside the herb pots.

It's another bitty cozy place to nestle into in the fleeting early hours, either alone with your thoughts or with a bit of good company. Today started with a bit of breakfast chocolate to drink for me. Yum!


By ten o'clock it's already getting a bit too hot.

Geraniums are one of the sure things for pots out here.

And just a few fresh herbs right outside the door are perfect for us!

This English boxwood has been in the same pot for a few years now. But then we can only have something no-fuss, since we do not really garden.

Right about now it would be time for a grand tea party for granny camp! But our teen and pre-teen girls are spread far and wide this summer.

So we have scheduled some tree and lawn work instead! (It's sort of endless.)

The roses are between bloom, but we have a hollyhock starting to peek out.

And an occasional bunny, squirrel, or roadrunner slips through the garden gate, in case you think nothing much happens here any more! Haha!

We are just settling into these lovely early days before the real heat sets in. . . .

Hope it's lovely soon for all of you too!

Blessed days ahead!



  1. I can so relate to your words, "finding nonexistent places for things". We do not need another single thing in our house, but things seem to show up! I can't seem to quit making quilts --- and don't need another one with over 150 stashed, stored, and displayed around here. We have enjoyed the rather cool, wet Spring; but know the dry, hot air will arrive soon. Hope you are enjoying the blessings of June!! Sally

  2. I love your beautiful little patio area. What a gorgeous place to relax and enjoy the lovely flowers and plants. Perfect.

  3. Jacqueline your home and yard are always magical. I've missed your posts since May.

    We have grey humid rainy days all spring. We see the sun once a week. Not nearly enough.

    Happy I'm back to blogging regularly now.

    Enjoy your beauty.


  4. I just love that you can open your doors with hardly any bugs. That would never happen here. We’d have a house full of flies and mosquitos! Always adore your photos. Just lovely Jacqueline. 💕

  5. Hello Jacqueline,
    I think after a long winter we are all so glad to be outdoors and enjoying sunshine and warmth. Your patio is beautiful. Always loved your gate and that beautiful tree in your back yard gives such character. Happy Summer my friend. Enjoy.

  6. A lovely post, thank you. Cabin or cottage (or even an RV or tent), would be my preference over living where I do so it's nice to read about what I would wish for.

  7. Hello Jacqueline~ What a lovely post!! It always brightens my day when I see in my 'reading list' that you have something to share! : ) Thank you~ Beautiful glimpses into your world, and wonderful sunny NM! Have a great week-end ahead. Hugs, kare no

  8. love seeing your wonderful secluded and cozy outdoor spaces. Quiet and beautiful there. In the Midwest we just have way to many bugs that wander in. Over the weekend a fly managed to come in and it has driven all of us, especially the kitties crazy. We're trying to wear it down, haha. It's enough just seeing daily glimpses into our friends homes, we don't need anything over the top to enjoy each other's company. Happy week, J.

  9. Lovely photos...and your yard and patio areas are so inviting. Love the colored potted plants, such an easy way to move color about a yard where you need it!

  10. Your posts always brighten my day. You have a beautiful home.

    Take care,

  11. When your indoor decor is already perfect, there's no need to change it up too much. A few blooms, as you did, and it's just right. The outdoors, too, adds that splash of color. It's lovely.

  12. Jacqueline,
    Such lovely photos of everyday life!
    I love seeing your door opening to the patio!
    It was as if I'd been given a "peek" into a secretly shared area.
    I do understand the issues with heat.
    Here on the Prairie, we are about to embark on the dry arid days of Summer, also.

  13. Your pictures are always inspiring and full of beauty!

  14. Your outdoor patio is such an inviting and cozy place and must be so peaceful to enjoy your morning coffee. The big wooden gate is wonderful and your big tree in the lawn is so nice to shade the sun. I just love your pretty flower arrangements in the basket tray. So bittersweet to have the grand-girls all growing up, but maybe someday they will bring their little girls for tea. Hugs xo Karen

  15. I love the view from your open door. We do the same with the doors open, but mostly stay open all day as there is no a/c in my house. Sometimes I think I would love a patio like you have, so much less work than a big yard. Just beautiful!


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