Cottage Life

Life for some is full of twists and turns, taking us places we never thought and living somewhere completely different from where we started out. We were half thinking of moving from the last house we were renting, now all youngsters have flown the nest and it's just David, the dog, cat and I but thing were moved on rather faster than we anticipated when our land lords decided they wanted the house back. A mad panic and flurry of house hunting at the beginning of November in between travelling to my uncle's funeral in the Hebrideas saw us offered the use of this gorgeous wee cottage near Peebles. 

Welcome home

We love the borders and often spend some of our days off exploring there, or walking Bracken in Peebles along the River Tweed, so to consider living in the area was quite exciting. Being only an extra 10 minutes travel to the nursery was also a bonus. It feels like I've taken a long round about journey from growing up in Linlithgow in West Lothian, then spending 20 years in the hills of South Lanarkshire to get here, yet here feels so right.

Hall scenes

Country kitchen

In the end we moved just two weeks before Christmas, which was insane but also gave us motivation to get the house sorted in time for family visiting. In all it took a month of packing up, moving and unpacking. We downsized yet again from a four bedroom house to a tiny two bedroom cottage. We sold so much furniture and stuff, trips to the tip, many many boxes to charity shops and a bonfire or two. It does mean we've kept the best things, the important and meaningful belongings and are not just tripping over stuff because its there. We had a month between moving out and the end of the lease, so time to get everything sorted before getting rid of the last place, which will be a relief. It never felt like home and we'll be glad to hand the keys over next week.

A global collection, bits and pieces I've collected around the world.
The press is from County Kerry in Ireland, the russian dolls from
Moscow, the wooden box from an antique market in Vienna, the tall
vase on the right made by native americans in Monument Valley, Arizona

Our furniture and belongings seem to have just fitted in
 so well and look just right

The landing on the stairs is perfect
 for some of my house plants

Shelf life

Shelf still life. I was inspired by a post on instagram by Cow Parsley Co to create something similar using lots of bits n pieces I had lying around. Now that the cottage is sorted I had a wall looking for an interesting focal point. The cow parley print is from Cow Parsley Co, the paper in the frame on the shelf is from Paper Tree Nook and the poppy seed cut outs are from Hannah Nunn.

Vintage watering cans to go with a
 vintage cottage

The small courtyard outside the back door lends itself to my vintage watering cans and glazed stone troughs. They look quite at home there. An enthusiastic cut leaved ivy softens the wall alongside the log store and various pieces of architectural salvage and stone provide interest. 

Ivy spreading outwards, upwards and onwards

View from the kitchen window on a snowy day

So here we are, unpacked, box free,  and hopefully we'll stay awhile and enjoy this lovely oasis amongst the chaos of modern life. 

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