We’re currently pondering how to add a small fenced-in area by the funky patio for Scout’s use this winter. That area of the yard is fairly flat and, therefore, more safe for her. During the past two days, we’ve already witnessed her slipping and sliding around the corral, which she has to get to by going uphill. She invariably strays off the paths that we shovel for her and it’s all very hard on her already stressed and arthritic limbs.
I don’t want to go through another winter like the one last year, where I was constantly worried about her and, more importantly, where she was exhausted and sore from all the ice and snow. A big fat no to more of that. This little area would be easy for us to maintain. Will it be attractive? No. But it’s only temporary and once spring arrives, the fence would be taken down.
That, and we’re ready to install the standards and brackets for the bookshelves in the den. I just have to ‘remind’ Don that today is the day.
Barbara, who is a reader of this blog, sent me a package for my birthday. Among the presents were some wonderful new items for the dollhouse. Barbara also has a dollhouse (I’m hoping she will send me some photos someday) so she loves and appreciates miniatures.
This Staffordshire dog. Beautiful. I like it here on the dresser in the entry.
Honest to goodness, I was just thinking that I needed a copper teakettle for the stove and Barbara’s package arrived with this beautiful kettle. Now I need a mini version of the Melitta one-cup filter and a mug I use every day here at the cottage and we’re good to go!
And the three books on the bottom shelf were also part of the gift package. I want you to see these up close. They are handmade and printed by a talented miniaturist – Ellie de Lacy miniatures. I am amazed at the detail and perfection of these books.
The one on the left is a slipcased version of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Each page is printed with text. And yes, those are the Sonnets. Unbelievable!
Natural History of the Birds from 1797.
Can you believe this beauty?
Basilius Besler, Hortus Eystettensis, 1613. The Garden of Eichstaedt.
The botanical drawings are perfectly replicated in miniature.
The talent level of miniaturists continues to amaze me. The books are now on the shelf in the cabinet in the den. But the contents of the books are a delightful secret, known only to Caroline, the owner. Sort of like books in a personal library in real life, don’t you think?
Thank you so much, Barbara! I love everything. And Hummingbird Cottage thanks you as well.