I’ve never considered naming one of our homes, but living at the beach for almost two years has changed my mind ~ While driving through our little seaside village of cottages, which are nestled near the sandy dunes, each has a beloved name attached to them. Although we live in a manufactured home (aka a mobile home) the need to name our humble abode has been nagging at me for a quite while. The hubby and I made list after list of cottage names, but nothing could be agreed upon…until…..one afternoon he suggested one which we both immediately knew was perfect….Hummingbird Cottage!
|Photo Credit: Wild Bird Supplies|
Even though the crispness of November filled the air, numerous hummingbirds welcomed us to our new home by the shore. They greeted us each morning at the patio door and watched as we unpacked box after box. They seemed to laugh at us through the office window as we worked on untangling computer cables. We love to watch them play in the back yard, darting in and out of bushes and trees. Our hummingbird friends have really brought us much happiness during our stay here.
|Photo taken in the Spring of 2008 – What’s our plan? New yellow paint, weathervane, daisies, shutters, picket fence!|
Hummingbirds are joyous, colorful, friendly…all the things that I want my “beach cottage” to be. Though the name plate still needs to be painted and there is much work to be done (everything from painting to fixing broken faucets)… I think of the name “Hummingbird Cottage” and it inspires me in the decor, colors and knick knacks which will grace our home. Everything within our four walls have happy memories attached to it or inspires me in some way.
Since the inside has many, many things not quite ready for viewing let’s start with a little tour of Hummingbird Cottage’s coastal gardens. . .
Just re-built for strength, however not yet stained – the front deck. The walkway is waiting for rock to be added. A bistro table and chairs is on the list to add too…
…and in late Spring before mowing the lawn….
hidden under our favorite tree and surrounded by rhododendrons and azaleas…
Speaking of kitty (Taffy)….here she is…
|First rose of summer|
|Backyard Hydrangea, which I can see from my bedroom windows…|
|Lily of the Valley Shrub|
We have a list of things to-do a mile long, however are enjoying all of the beautiful things which Hummingbird Cottage and its garden provides to us each day. What could be finer than hearing the ocean surf morning, noon and night as well as having tall evergreens, tweeting birds and gorgeous flowers all around us!? Nothing could be finer in our opinion.
Have a beautiful week, friends!