The Fairy Cottages

Summer has been passing like a breeze, quickly and invisibly, each day slipping by us unannounced until we reach the end of the day and start over again–a continual cycle.

These days, I’m mindful to say a quiet “thank you” at the start of each day as I lie in bed listening to the birds outside my window, and feeling the gentle breeze coming in through the open window. I smile, because it is such a precious thing to awake each morning to start another day. So many people around me have come to the end of their journey, much sooner than I would have thought. It has made me conscious of the fragility of life and how very precious each day is. There is wonder to be held all around us in so many of the little things we tend to take for granted.

I recently went to Halls Harbour to see what some folks call the Fairy Cottages. It is really a good name for them. They seem almost magical and I’m in awe of the artistry that went into them. I’ve also heard them called the Jelly Bean Cottages, another excellent name.

The houses were made of concrete in the 1930’s and I can only imagine what the folks in the area thought of them at the time. While I’m not able to go far these days because of the circumstances in my life, I’ve been more appreciative of those every day things around me. This was one of the places I’d hoped to visit this summer. So glad for the opportunity to go back.

For anyone interested, you can enter a raffle to spend three nights and four days in the Blue Cottage. All the details are HERE. You will also find lots of information on the site about the cottages.

I would love to hear that someone I knew entered and won this package!

While I’m not one for telling others what they should do, I would suggest that you look for the wonder in your world each day. It really is all around us, in the details we so often overlook. There is so much to be grateful for.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

What’s news?

This week marked my blogging anniversary. That’s right! I’ve been hiding out on WordPress for seven years now. The number seven seems significant in that it’s always been said to be a lucky number and aren’t the cells in our bodies all replaced in seven years? I always wondered how they can know this. Regardless, I’ve been here in the blogging world for seven years. I’ve met some wonderful people and I’ve seen many bloggers come and go. Maybe I deserve a pat on the back for making it this far. Also it’s been seven years this fall since Bitter, Sweet came out–just saying.

It’s berry season in my part of the world. Wouldn’t you love to have a field full of these beauties to pick? We’ve been helping some friends with their berry crop for a few days. It’s always a challenge to get them harvested.DSC07511A few weeks back we took a trip to Centreville and stopped off that the Cement Museum which was the home of Charles Macdonald. Unfortunately it wasn’t open for the season, but we took some pics of the statues outside. Quite amazing to think it is all made of cement.  I’m looking forward to seeing the inside once the museum is open.


These cottages were also built by Charles Macdonald in the 1930’s and are in Hall’s Harbour. I think they’re absolutely charming. Some describe them as fairy homes and I can understand. They look so enchanting.


This one is called the Blue Cottage for obvious reasons. I understand that it can be rented!



Outside the museum there were other statues all made by Charles Macdonald.


Love this mountain lion. He looks to be on the hunt. Maybe for the deer that are hanging around the property.


I’m curious about this lovely lady, how and why she ended up here, naked, in the garden. Perhaps there a story there and maybe, just maybe, the answer can be found within the museum itself.


Okay, to many, none of this is earth-shattering news, or even news at all, but just a few things that caught my attention this past while. I’m so glad to say that summer is finally here. I’ve been looking forward to it and hoping I’ll squeeze in some writing time over the next few months.

Do you have any special plans for the summer months? I love to hear about it!

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