Life is Beautiful

“Your dream house, close to nature, close to the seasons, doesn’t have to expensive or big or costly to run.
Either look for the house of your dreams or turn wherever you are into a romantic setting.
Don’t put up with living in gloomy places. Anywhere can be beautiful.
It simply needs a little thought and imagination.
In the midst of all the rush and bother of this century, your home should be your sanctuary,
somewhere to be at peace, somewhere you can feel sane again and can connect with your family.”


{sea glass hunts on the beach}

{I had a thought to hatch some quail eggs … they are so pretty … I can’t wait to see the little quail when they hatch!}



The quiet of home life suits me.

Not being one to like big crowds, I am so happy to have no reason to visit big box stores or travel too much into the city …

The more time passes, the less draw the outside worlds has on me. Not that I ever felt at home in the big world (college years were a nightmare- I really did not enjoy being out alone in college life) … but now, it certainly feels like, if we are smart enough, we can make home an enjoyable, interesting, self-sufficient way of life. The lifestyle of growing your own food, quiet afternoons by the sea, reading good books while watching the ducks at the pond, rain drops falling on the roses in my garden, the daily chores of weeding and tending our gardens … leaves me quite fulfilled and satisfied.




{a project I worked on this spring – putting up this trellis for the climbing roses, along with a cute picket fence for garden courtyard}



{planting so many bulbs in the fall is always worth it – it was such a lovely way to start spring …}


This summer, I want to grow more food, plant more flowers, learn new skills (cheese-making?), put away food for the winter and save seeds for the next garden, watch my roses and children grow and listen to the summer breeze as it passes through our poplar trees …


This home life is for me.



{little ones are always mothered, never neglected in a large family}


{… planting more roses … because what women would not want roses in her backyard? I just love them …}


{the most stunning Japanese cherry tree blooms gloriously in our front yard in the spring – it’s a magnificent sight}


{spring’s natural crop of dandelions in the field}


{our new little gosling – one of six – getting some attention from Loyal}

June 25, 2022 - 5:45 pm

Teresa My thoughts exactly, the more I am home, the less crowds I want to be around and the less the stores have a pull on me. I am so content at being home. Season of life come and go things changes for a moment, but the roots of being home reminds deeply planted. Beautiful photos my friend. I love the trellis and the white picket fencing what a beautiful addition to your lovely home. Email me, Teresa

June 23, 2022 - 11:23 am

Erin Lynn Such a beautiful childhood your children are blessed with.

June 23, 2022 - 4:16 am

Gigi Mrs. Cox, you are so lovely. I miss your posts and look forward to ‘hearing’ from you soon! God bless your summer!

June 23, 2022 - 4:15 am

Gigi Thank you, Laura! I have messaged you. 🙂

June 22, 2022 - 5:56 pm

Mrs. Cox Every post is more precious as your family grows and your hard work reveals the beauty of a well kept home and well nurtured family.
You are an inspiration.

June 21, 2022 - 11:11 pm

Laura Love your pictures as always. Message me!

June 21, 2022 - 1:11 am

Mom Love the addition of the white picket fence and trellis xo

June 21, 2022 - 1:10 am

Mom Love Love Love this. Can’t wait to visit you SOON!! xoxox