Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bloggers Block!

See the stepping stones? They used to be cement gray!

Is it just me?

I'm having Bloggers Block
if you know what I mean.

The past few weeks I've been struggling 
to find things to Blog about.

Spring was late arriving but when it did
we found ourselves scurrying around
 trying to get everything done that 
was put on hold.

That meant everything happened at once 
and we're still trying to catch up!

I still haven't started my spring cleaning
and the fence isn't stained and we still
 have trim on the house to paint.

And weeding...oh my...I don't even want to 
THINK about that!

Maybe this is why I'm having trouble 
with Bloggers Block?

While I was trying to think about something 
to blog about this morning I remembered 
that my friend John from
had asked to see more photo's
of our cottage.

Well John this post is for you.
Ok it's not all about the cottage but
I thought you'd like to see a bit more of
our little farm on the Kansas prairie.

Starting with the photo above
as most of you know this is actually what we call 
the back of the cottage as it faces the back of
our farm. The opposite end faces
the street. Strange I know.

These two photo's are just of the yard
surrounding the cottage. 

Above is the garden shed/chicken coop.
To the right of that is the vegetable and 
herb garden and the strawberry patch.

Above is looking towards the back of the farm.
We put the pool up last weekend but we 
have to get the rust out of the water
before we can use it or my white/silver
hair will turn orange!

The pictures above and below 
are actually the real back of the cottage
as the front of the cottage is on the opposite
side. The two windows on the left
are the bathroom we just renovated.
The double window in the middle
is actually our dining room.
The tiny window next to that is the 
stairway to the partial basement.
Where we would run for cover if a
tornado was heading for us.
The last window on the right is
to our master bedroom.

I just realized I've never shown this side
of the cottage before as it was so 
ugly with blue paint flaking off!

These two photo's show the side of the cottage
that faces the road.
In the bottom picture you can see the actual
front of the cottage with the porch.

The pictures above and below 
are what we see across the
road from our farm.

The picture below shows what people see 
as they drive by our little farm.

The two pictures below are why
I LOVE living in the country.

Looking to the south...see those trees WAY
in the distance more than half a mile away?
That's our closest neighbor to the south.

In the picture above..see those trees
WAY in the distance on the right side
of the road?
That's our nearest neighbor to the north.
I could stand out on the road naked
and no one would see me!!!
Not that I'd do that ;)

I threw in this photo of Shep
our Akbash.
He looks small ...but he's HUGE.

Back down the lane to the cottage.
Cottage is on the left behind the lilac grove.
Our pasture is to the right.

Here's a couple of pictures of the cottage.
We still have to make shutters, stain the fence,
finish painting the trim, make a sidewalk
to the front door (which country people don't use),
plant grass between the fence and the cottage,
and one day down the a screened porch.

Makes me tired just thinking about it!

Above is part of the view from the 
back of our farm.
A creek runs along those trees.
The nearest farm behind us is a mile away
which we can't see.

I love it!

The last photo is the back of the cottage again.
Yes I do hang my clothes out to dry!

So there you have it.

John I hope you enjoyed the photo's
and for those of you who are bored with 
seeing our farm....hopefully I'll be out 
of this Blogging slump soon. 

Amy...I'm thinking of you.

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day.

Maura :)


Sunray Gardens said...

Thanks for the tour. I absolutely love your cottage and surroundings. How wonderful it must be to live there. You've done some great things there and I can envision what you plan.
Cher Sunray Gardens
Goldenray Yorkies

Sunray Gardens said...

Had a message here and blogger went down, so if you end up with two, that's why. Your cottage is lovely and what you've done is fantastic. When you are done it will be beautiful. Thanks for the tour.
Cher Sunray Gardens
Goldenray Yorkies

Regina from The Queenly Abode said...

Hi Maura, thanks so much for the lovely pictures, I could never get tired of looking at the wonderful place you are blessed to call home!
have a great day,

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love your cottage and farmlands. What a peaceful place to live. I also have one of those 'solar dryers'. Love using it, have done so for years.

Enjoy that lovely, peaceful setting surrounding your sweet cottage.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Life is so much better when you love your home and where it is! I think blogging is easier with the different seasons and decorating

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

Prudence & Sissy are at summer camp and I know they would love seeing these photos.

But, the computer is all mine and I just loved this tour. Thank you.

No, this former "jersey girl" never gets tired of life in the country.


Donna said...

What a wonderful cottage you have. It seems like it's out in the middle of nowhere, and it's beautiful ~ I'm used to having neighbors right next door. I would love to meander down the lane and out in the fields. I like your picket fence, and that you have space to hang clothes on the line.
Thanks for the tour!

Tina said...

See, you did find something to blog about after all! Love your photos and your life in the country!

Kath said...

I dont get bored Maura! I also love to see inside as your home is very inviting and cosy.

Julie Harward said...

You have a beautiful piece if Heaven there, I love your cottage home..thanks for sharing all the pictures and give Shep a hug for me. :D

Marilyn said...

It looks like you have your own private park! I have the same problem with blogging and having a "fresh" post. So I don't. I'm not after big readership, just making a record of what happens in my life so I can look back and see what was important to me. So much easier than trying to find a notebook around here. I can lose things in 5 minutes and not remember where they are. ;D ...Enjoy your time outdoors. The season is short. ♥♫

Country Gal said...

Your home and property are beautiful !
Wonderful photos and post, speaking about posts I often have a struggle and find I get bloggers block as well sometimes theres just nothing thrilling happening at Our Country Cove at all, there fore not much to blog about but you did manage to blog after all so something is better then nothing even if we dont think so at the time of posting it! Have a terrific day !

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Just beautiful. Just what I needed.
Thank you John!
And thank you, Maura!!!!!!!
xo, misha

Tara Dillard said...

Bottle feeding kittens at the moment. Wish you were closer. This is new to me. Had to google what to do.

Work is crazy busy good.

Thank you for the visit. Love every picture.

Walking you lanes.

Garden & Be Well, XO T

karen - Simply Inspired said...

maura...i am venturing to think your slump is drawing to a close - thank you for welcoming me into the backdoor and giving me such a lovely tour... today i have been out in the country in kansas... imagine that! -xok.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Congratulations! You are the winner of tea cozy #4. Please send me your mailing address.

Janet said...

Never bored of your blog Maura ! I have fallen in love with your place-it is so gorgeous ! What wonderful views !

Anonymous said...

Hello Maura, well I for one loved your post! I LOVE your cottage and the area around it. Your blog is wonderful. We also have a cottage but in a more residential/rural area, similar colours outside to yours. Your pictures evoke a calmness, they are lovely! Take care, Ann ~ Australia.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Such a quiet and serene place to call 'home'.
I love your farm, it reminds me of gentler times and ways.
I smile each time I see your yellow cottage, so cozy and 'you'.
Congratulations on your tea cozy win...I'm jealous :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the quiet and peacefulness of the farm life. Your views are beautiful and the cottage is so cozy and inviting. Thanks, Maura, for the tour of your pretty farm! You can show us photos of it anytime, I love seeing them. ~Cheryl

Mecky said...

Your home seems so nice and relaxing. I miss living in the country!I had to laugh at you mentioning standing out there naked. You know if you did that, that would be the time someone would stop by! LOL!

Did you make it to the flea market Sunday?

Michaele said...

I really enjoyed this. Coupled with your soothing music made for a really nice post.

Kay's flowers said...

Thank's so much for all the pictures of your beautiful place. I can't imagine what it must be like to be that far from neighbors. You must really have awe inspiring skies at night with no town light to compete with. And it must be so quiet. No traffic. How wonderful. Thanks again for sharing.

Beatnheart said...

I’m so close to my neighbors I can hear them pee when they go to the bathroom. nice.

Bearly Sane said...

Hi Maura!
Thanks for stopping by and grabbing my giveaway button.

Hey don't you ever worry about the photos you post of the farm, they are always beautiful and going by the former comments, none of us get tired of you sharing them. It's like a breath of fresh air to come and visit here.

Had a good giggle about you standing on the road naked!! That would be the same up on our property...6km from town, on a dirt road, surrounded by trees...I must post some photos some time.
Warmest hugs,

Windy Meadows Farm said...

I just love the peace & quiet the photos show...what a lovely place to come home to!

Catherine said...

Nice visit, i love the colour of your house.I have to weed in the garden, it is terrible! the weather was dry and suddenly too wet and the weeds have been growing so fast! we will be working in the garden this saturday, cut some grass in the goat field...but relax on Sunday. Good weekend Catherine

Ironstone and Pine said...

Ah Maura, i love it. I can almost breathe the country air and hear the night time crickets! It is it's own little slice of heaven for sure.....going to get back to you on that sign today, just have to look at the website.....have a great weekend! :)devon

Bee Haven Bev said...

Truly lovely, Maura. You live in a beautiful place! It amazes me how flat things can be.....just the opposite of where I live. Here, it is hard to find a flat surface anywhere!! I will show pics of our countryside soon, too. Don't worry about Bloggers is just temporary I am sure!!

Skogkjerring said...

Ahhh, those big open prairies of Kansas...your photos bring back a lot of memories of our years in Kansas. Loved how you could see the next town MILES AND MILES away because it was so flat and there was nothing between you and the town...

Your cottage is adorable and it is easy to see you´ve put your heart and souls into your home...the love shines through...and being the dog person I am, I´m so glad you added the photo of your big ol´ him!!!

Sure you weren´t talking about me with your comment, "Amy, I´ll be thinking of you" but it was nice to see my name...and I´ll pretend you are thinking of me :-)) hehehehe....

Oh by the way, the other great part about living so private is not so much the standing naked in the road- because really- who does that??? BUT....sitting out on your porch in your nightgown reading the morning paper and drinking coffee and no one sees you- that is heaven...a perfect way to start the day!!! I also love that I can let my dogs out in my nightclothes and no one sees me...hehehehe...

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Your place is truly amazing! I enjoyed seeing "parts" we haven't seen before and the new color is fabulous. I'm loving the new fence... I wish I could convince my husband of our need for one!!

And I hear you about "the block"... somedays I think up something and it just flies out of my brain before I get it on a post! Maybe I need to start writing the ideas down!

Looking forward to all of your summer pics,

GardenOfDaisies said...

I am so envious of your space!! I wish I could move out of the suburbs! Maybe after we retire. I mailed your package today, so you should have it by midweek.

Karen said...

I do like your new fence. Once it is stained or painted it will look lovely.
I so miss country life. Waking up to birds, frogs, and the farm animals. It was the best.
We are townies for now. Maybe one day we will again be apart of the country life.

janice15 said...

Your cottage is simply wonderful...I would love to be in the country living in a small cottage..I at moments can't think of things to write about and the things I do I don't know if anyone enjoys them...but it's all okay I enjoy the writing for me it's like writing in a diary..Have a blessed Sunday...hugs Janice

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i love it all....looks like paradise to me....

and i LOVE your dog..what a beauty...and those little donkeys... i would give anything to have them here with cute

happy to stop by today

kary and teddy

GaynorB said...

i found you by accident, but it's been really interesting to read about your life.
I'll be back ........ didn't someone who used to be famous say that!!


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