Category Archives: Coastal Living

The Making of a Garden

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds. – anonymous Recently I decided that 2019 would be the Year of the Garden for this sweet cottage… That being said as soon as the rain breaks and frost stops…you will find me outside wandering around the cottage pondering this and that about what to plant and create.🌞 A quick glimpse of my week I hope you enjoyed the video…(if you want to view it larger just click on the upper left double arrows of the video)😘 This past week as I looked around the inside of the cottage I realized that things have come together nicely… I feel satisfied (content) with how this sweet cottage continues to evolve… It’s now time to envision the outdoor spaces of the cottage…garden Not exotic garden spaces…just small areas where a beautiful tree…shrubs…. flowering plants can grow…change…living happily together. I think happiness is a state of mind…everything here gives me satisfaction. My home…family…garden…animals…and the abundance of nature. A garden … Continue reading

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The Coming Of Spring

The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. Song of Solomon 2:12 Spring is such an amazing time of year… a time when everything… from trees and bushes… flowers… to the smallest tiniest blades of grass… begin to cover the earth… In a matter of weeks we watch as new life blossoms… from what seems to be dark and bleak… bringing one of the most beautiful gifts we are given each year… a sense of hope and renewal. 👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳 As some of you know I play the piano at my sweet little church here on the coast…and this past week was super busy! The beginning of Lent is a special time for me…one in which I try to make a deeper commitment in my faith journey. That being said I had a great time celebrating Mardi Gras (bahaha!) and later decided to bake cookies! Below is a recipe I found and I think you will really like it. Ritz … Continue reading

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Postcards From Paris…Hotel Avalon

”Paris is always a good idea” -Audrey Hepburn Hello, sweet friend… We have left the fabulous soulful gardens of Monet…(sigh) http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/postcards-from-paris-monets-gardens/ returning back to the shuttle… the train station which was very busy…filled with people…and held a wonderful excitement…one which comes when you are traveling… we got back to Saint Lazare then took a taxi back to our hotel where we rested and packed our luggage for tomorrow’s schedule. And now…at this point we are having to wind up this wonderful trip…particularly our time in Paris. (waaaaa….pass me a tissue…please) We enjoyed an afternoon stroll… sight seeing local landmarks in this arrondesment… I also wanted to share with Joe a beautiful garden shop I had discovered… for lunch we enjoyed Chinese food. Everything on the menu looked so good…we ended up ordering way too much! (of course) The next day we took a taxi to the Avalon Hotel which was in walking distance to the Gard … Continue reading

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Moments of Gratuitious Grace

”How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut…the sound of the sea…All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.” -Nikos Kazantzakis Hello, dear friend… Somewhere in the week’s passing moments… as I was doing nothing particularly special I looked around the cottage and thought how good this day is… how good it is to be alive… Content… if it’s raining…to feel the cozy sound of rain… I think about how meaningful & good life can be when I take the time to celebrate ordinary moments. Those simple things in life which bring the possibility of the moment… Snapping up as much as I can… those illuminating moments… when I feel open to all the rhythms of life… Savoring the desire for awakening…as a hope…a possibility…one which feeds my soul…making contact with an inner life… … Continue reading

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Postcards From Paris…Monet’s Gardens

    ”However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well being for as long as you continue to wonder the garden path.” -Norman H. Hanson   Hello, dear friend…         Today we took the train to the delightful village of Giverny…      where we then hopped on a shuttle to visit Monet’s Gardens.     Joe and I remembered a wonderful cafe from a trip  years before…     and decided to enjoy lunch there before…       Walking the gardens…and touring the magical soulful home of the impressionist artist Claude Monet.     There are many wonderful stories I could share about this day trip…the scent and beauty of the gardens…the people from many walks of life that we crossed paths with…the charm of the home…food…     … Continue reading

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