Sunday, March 1, 2009

Plots, Flowers, and Winter Rain

Dad & I took advantage of the clear weather and started digging plots--35 done in 2 days

Perfect soil for future organic gardening

One of our cats, Millie (ahem, her proper southern name is Amelia Grace)

My sister is finishing up 2 plots
The weather was so beautiful, I had to pull out my guitar! Hey, since we're out in the country, I have the opportunity to sing as loud as I want! Ah, I wish you could've been there with me :)

I pruned our 4 climbing roses

The "Queen Elisabeth" rose was huge. Literally 10-12 ft. tall! It was work trying to cut through that stalk!

*shutter* Yeah, I recieved battle wounds from these...

I was able to get 48 clippings from my climbing roses, and brought them to the cottage. It started raining, but my sister assisted me in dipping the clippings in "Rootone" then sticking them in a "flower nursery" my Dad made. Exhausted, sore, and sopping wet, we made it though. Hopefully they'll survive!
I brought iris bulbs from the house, and I planted them near the woods for a "natural" look
My brother digging a hole for my "perfume delight" rose
My rustic transporation for moving plants around the property
Running through the woods...

My cat, Jessie (southern name Jessie May) followed me through the wet, mystical woods.
She's hilarious and such a dear!
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
We're constantly cleaning up junk on the property and trash near the lane. This is how I find antique bottles most of the time. I found Sprite, Coca Cola, and Mountain Dew bottles from the '70's buried near the barn. *sigh* I just added it to our "collection".
My brother's latest project-- digging our future root cellar
Puddle reflections...

Sunkissed Daffodil
Did you know that daffodil has a fragrance? I had no idea, but I found out while transplanting.
It's beautiful!

From our Parlor...

With every trip we make to the cottage, we bring more of our furnishings. Now our parlor is painted and cozy. Dad suprised Mom by bringing our large bookshelf he handmade a few years ago. My selected reading was "Tasha Tudor's Garden", "Mother Earth News magazine" and "Pride & Prejudice".


Madison said...

Hello Mia!
I really enjoyed the pictures. :) I wish we lived out in the country... It would be nice.
I love your kitties and their southern names. :P They're really cute.
And the daffodils look delightful!! I love it when I get pictures that have perfect lighting on them. :)
It was great meeting you yesterday!!


Mrs. Bridget G. said...

I love your pictures! Wow, you guys really worked hard! You must have such a green thumb! :P

Lady Farmer said...

Your cottage is getting to be so lovely. And you are going to have a wonderful garden! All of your family's hard work is going to return a great reward.

Rachel and Jessica said...

Hi Mia! Wow! You are certainly getting a lot done around the cottage! I can't wait to see all the flowers and your garden when everything is growing! Thank you for sharing the pics. with us! =:)

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Andrea said...

Hello, Mia! I am enjoying your blog. You are an inspiration. The picture of your parlor is, indeed, cozy. God bless.

Emily said...

What beautiful photos! You sure have been busy! You are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place! :)

Vicki said...

Great picture's. I enjoyed them and it looks like you all will be READY for a major garden this year! Keep up the good,hard work!

Kate said...

Thank you for sharing your day with us! I loved the pictures, but especially loved your Bible verse. That very subject has been filling my mind and heart lately.

Your gardening has me itching to get out and get my hands dirty. My gardens are still under at least 6 inches of snow! However, in April, I start my seedlings indoors. In the meantime, it's housework and Spring Cleaning!

Dayna said...

Beautiful photos!

Yikes! If things from the '70s are now antiques, what does that mean for me?? :)

I enjoyed this post. Thank you for "taking us there".

Rebekah said...

Hello Mia,
Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog! I love your blog! you are just like me in so many ways...I also love to wear my old fashioned dresses,plus I love the botkin sisters, and pride and prejudice. I would love to tell you what part of the south I'm from... but my daddy doesn't like me to tell on here,maybe you can figure it out on my blog. so anyway thanks for stopping by!
In Christ,
Psalms 5:11

Miss Julia said...

Hi Mia!

Wonderful pictures! :) Did you get any snow yesterday?? :D We got tons! :)

The cottage sounds amazing... hopefully I'll get to see it someday. :) Keep sharing your beautiful pictures!! I love every one!! :)


Ellie B... said...

dear Mia,
I haven't been keeping up with your blog but I just found it by chance and I have a few questions, if you don't mind. I'm also a Christian, and I don't necessarily believe all woman should be married young, do you think they should or just if they find the right person young, they shouldn't wait? Also do you think that a woman's only job is to be a wife and mother? Or do you think she can have a career. Please do not take my questions as being disrespectful, I'm only curious.


Regan Family Farm said...

Mia~When we moved to this farm, I "trimmed" the heritage climbing roses growing up the side of the house. They never did survive!! Keep us posted on the transplanting! Blessings

Anonymous said...

Hello Mia, I've just stumbled across your blog and I think it's beautiful, inspiring and full of wisdom. I want to encourage you to keep it up - I am a 50yr old housewife in Cornwall, England and pray that God will bless you and yours.

Miss Marple said...

What a wonderful blog you have! So many pretty pictures... And your clothes are so beautiful! Do you make them, or is there somewhere they sell such clothes?

Greetings from Norway

Mia said...

Thank you all for your delightful comments!!
It was wonderful meeting you! lol I enjoyed the "snowball fight!"
Mrs. Bridget G,
Thank you! Yes, it has been alot of work, but we're praising God the whole time! We enjoy it!
Lady Farmer,
Thank you for the encouragement! Its amazing how doing a little bit at each visit has really made the cottage more like home and less like "camping" :)
Hi Rachel!
Wow, thanks so much :) I appreciate the award!
Ms. Andrea,
Thank you! For the past few nights I've been reading selections aloud while we all gather into the parlor..what a treasured time. To be able to relax without any distractions!
Ms. Emily,
Thank you, yes we've been kept busy indeed! But I love it, there's *always* something to do, and we get alot of satisfaction from the hard work! It's funny, even though its "barren" from the season of winter, peeks of spring are showing themselves. I cant wait until the beauty of the warmer months!!
Ms. Vicki,
I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures!We're looking forward to this big garden!! I'm transplanting more roses today, and hopefully some of my herbs as well!
Ms. Kate,
I'm glad you liked the verse as well! I know, we're all itching for spring! I still have to wait until april before I can sow my plant seeds!
Ms. Dayna,
Oh no!! I shouldn't have said antique--hmm, I think "vintage" is a more fitting word! :) lol
I'm so glad you visited my blog! I do feel like we have alot in common as well! :)
I can totally understand your parents wanting to keep the privacy of your state. But hey, from one southern girl to another, thank you for stopping by!!
Miss Julia,
Yes, we got about 1-2 inches of snow. Its been years, so I was just as excited as my brother! (he was beside himself)
I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures!
Miss Ellie,
I appreciate your questions! Hopefully I'll answer them in my next post..very thought provoking! :)
Regan Family,
I know I'm taking my chances, but hopefully they'll be okay! I'm looking forward to the summer blooms though..I'm going to plant them near the woods so that they can climb as "wild" as they like!!
To my visitor from England,
I'm so glad you stopped by! I'm simply tickled that my blog can be enjoyed by others from other countries! You've blessed me(and my family) so much!!
Miss Marple,
I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit! My mother and I looked on the global map to find, what a distance!!
I'm simply thrilled that you enjoy my blog, how encouraging!
ps) I went by your blog, and its beautiful! :)
Once again, you ladies have encouraged me so much! Thank you!!!
In Christ,

Kansas Milkmaid said...


It is an absolute blessing to read your delights in biblical womanhood, farming and just being a part of your family.

I came here via the Deliberate Agrarian. I have been blessed indeed. I love the music selection on your blog as well. I will be adding you to my links and visiting often.

The Kansas Milkmaid

Marci said...

Your blog is delightful. I will be back to keep up with you. I heard about your blog over on The Deliberate Agrarian blog. May God continue to bless you and your family in your endeavors. said...

Congratulations on the post at Deliberate Agrarian! I didn't know we both read the same blog! Dittos from me about all the things he said about you!

Lora K. said...

I loved your blog. I have 5 daughters and will be sending them your way. Several of them are also interested in photography, as am I. Your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for being a blessing!

Holly said...

I followed a link to your blog and have been so delighted to read a few of your posts-what a beautiful family you are and such a gorgeous homestead you all have! I loved all the pictures also. Holly

Daisyblend said...

I came to your blog via a recommendation at I'm so blessed! What wonderful photos! The tidbits you share are thoughtful and encouraging. Even the music is great! I will shortly be going offline (trying to simplify life) but before I go I'm going to recommend you to my blog readers at

Thank you for sharing what you do, many will be blessed.

Sara said...

Mia, your blog is simply beautiful and I plan to visit here often! I found you through The Deliberate Agrarian. I am also a Christian agrarian and a Southern girl! You have inspired me to work harder on my family's blog. God bless you and your family in your homesteading journey.

Lucy said...

I heart your dress, just got a my singer fixed and a big 1970's sewig machine from a neighbour, so I hope to zip up a few similar dresses.Where they hard to make?

Madison said...

Hello Mia!! =)
Hahaha, me too. =P I wish we could have had a longer "snowball fight"! That would have been really fun.
Hopefully we'll get to see each other again soon!!


Anonymous said...

Mia, you're a wonderful inspiration and a beautiful example to other young women.

Carrington & Monica said...

Your blog is beautiful! I wish I had your knowledge of gardening. You will be such a sweet, Godly wife.

Laurie Rogers said...

How funny that the "antique" pop bottles you found are just like the ones I was telling my girls about the other day. At our grocery store when I was growing up (in the early 70's), the pop machine was in the back by the meat counter. I would put in my change, which I think was 15 cents, make my selection, pull out the bottle of Coke, and open the top with the bottle top opener attached to the side of the machine. Ah, memories of youth!
~~~~Enjoying, as always,
Mrs. Laurie~~~~