Monday, September 22, 2008

By the fireside.....

An autumn Friday evening at Cranberry cottage! Nothing could be better. It is peaceful outside and there is a chill in the air that leaves the cottage rather nippy.


Normally, our reclining chairs sit by the wall next to the fireplace. Jos really wants to have some work done on the fireplace and then have a woodstove installed. We have a woodstove here at our house and it does a wonderful job of heating the downstairs. Fireplaces set a more cozy atmosphere but a woodstove is more effecient.


So I suggested to Jos that we move the two chairs and set them around the fireplace as it was really rather cold last Friday. It was really nice to face the warmth of the fire and enjoy an evening of quiet. I sat with my Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler and Jos read and Dagi slept...


Did you notice the porcelain knobs on this chest of drawers? It is the set I showed you earlier. I bought 6 of them thinking I needed that many but I only needed 5 so I brought them to Cranberry Cottage to use on this little chest of drawers that did need 6. We really like them better than the wooden ones that used to be on here.


To me, life doesn't get any better than this...sitting by a warm fire with my husband and cat enjoying my handwork.


And yes, dear mother, Dagi borrowed the shawl you made me. He kept scratching at it until I took it off my chair and laid it out for him.

"...that can win us back to
the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the
old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport
the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"
~Charles Dickens

28 comments:

Nancy said...

DAGI, you are soooo spoiled, I did not knit that shawl for you. Put the sheep one down, bet he won't want that one. LOL. You room looks oh so cozy. The chairs by the fire are really nice. I noticed the knobs right away.
Love you, Mom

Shari said...

how beautiful!!!!!!!! I love it!!! Your view is so pretty!!!
And today is the first day of autumn! Woohoo!!! Love it!

Sweetie said...

Thanks for visiting me. The description of you sitting by the fire at Cranberry Cottage creates an aura of serenity. I love fireplaces. Ours is electric but does provide heat and a soothing flame. I did notice the lovely porcelain knobs on the chest. I enjoyed by visit.
Sweetie

Annemarie said...

Sigh... Your description of your stay at Cranberry Cottage and the beautiful pictures alone make me feel calm, so an actual stay at the cottage must be like staying at a spa :o)

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

What a lovely way to spend any evening...looks so cozy!

Carolien said...

This looks all so cosy, Heidi! I long for a fire place when I see this, sigh ... Wrong house here LOL!

Hugs, Carolien

Mia said...

Cats are amazing creatures, they really know how to make themselves comfortable. As you seem to do too... the to chairs by the fireside look just ever so cozy. And that you enjoy sitting there, by the fire, on a Friday evening, stitching you sampler is not hard to understand, bliss indeed!

Thank you (again) for your lovely comments. I am so pleased to have finished the pink hexagon quilt. The next project I hope to finish is indeed the ripple blanket/afghan. I am nearly there, and the project has so far been one of the more pleasurable ones I have worked on...

Janneke said...
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Janneke said...

Hi Heidie,
what a lovely cosy pictures, i can imagine you loved sitting there !!Including the cat :)
So funny, yesterday evening W. and i were sitting in front of our woodstove...in the afternoon they had sweeped the chimney so we thought we would give it a try right away....a lovely evening :)!
Have a nice week, Janneke.

Regina said...

Dear Heidi
Wow.what a cosy place!!!I like it!
I love fireplace and yours is very nice.
Hugs,Regina

Ragged Roses said...

That just looks and sounds like the most perfect way to spend an evening, just lovely!!
thanks for all my birthday wishes, I had a wonderful time, wish I could say the same about the dentist. Two more hours of treatment this week!!! Take care, hope you're enjoying the new season
Kimx

Tracy said...

Hi, Heidi! What a cozy corner you have there! That is much how we have it in our little fireplace-cozy room...chair right by the fire to enjoy the warm and glow even more! I like the porcelain knobs on the drawers--nice touch. Your handiwork is so pretty...And so lovely that Dagi appreciate good handiwork too! ;o) Always so good visit here...I feel warmed from the inside out! :o) Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Pondside said...

You paint a very cozy picture of your evening at the cottage. I agree that you had all the ingredients for a perfect time!

THE TATTERED NEST said...

oh Heidi that looks so cozy! and oh so peaceful...time to get out and buy some firewood!

serenitymeadow said...

You have a very lovely blog. Your kitty is very sweet too.

Melissa said...

Heidi,

Thank you for reading my long blog.

I pray that you have your mother for many years to come.

Also, Cranberry Cottage looks so cozy and warm.

Melissa

Wild Rose said...

Hello Heidi,

What a lovely place to spend the evening. It looks so cosy and welcoming and I just love a real fire.

Marie x

Wild Rose said...

P.S. Thanks for stopping by ~ visit again soon, as I have an award for you!

Marie x

Fete et Fleur said...

Happy Autumn! The fire is perfect.

Nancy

Karen said...

What a nice cozy site your pictures are. Nothing beats a wood fire, the smell and the warmth are something hubs and I enjoy all winter long. We just stacked 2 cords of firewood the other night. So we are ready for the cooler and cold nights ahead. Dagi looks so cozy all snuggled up on the shawl. Love your sampler that your working on - really pretty.

Hugs - Karen

Tone said...

Nothing better than a fireplace,a good chair, someone nice to talk to - and a bit of autumn outside...
Enjoy your weekend!!
From tone

Nan said...

boy oh boy that looks so comfy cozy!! Maybe you could get a woodstove with a glass front, which ours has. And it comes with a screen so you can open up the doors, and have that fireplace effect. Vermont Castings makes ours - not sure if they are sold over there, but I'll bet you could get something similar.

Miss Paula said...

What a sweet sweet kitty!! I love it!

Mary said...

I'll miss you - but I'll keep up with you as I'll be checking in whenever I can get free wi-fi!!

Hope you continue to enjoy a lovely Autumn Heidi - I know how you love this season as I do. I'm a little sad leaving home but perhaps I'll still catch most of NC Fall color in early Nov. when I return as everything is still very green - especially following three days of on and off torrential rains. The huge toadstools sprouting in the lawns make me think of you!

Temps. will be back up in the 80's here next week - I hope it's cooler where we're going so I can really enjoy traipsing around all those French markets on my list! It's a shame I can't bring much back - especially large items - but I'm hoping to find a few little treasures to tuck in my luggage. I will take lots of photos though - can share the brilliant Provencal colors.

Take care dear - hope you, Jos and Dagi have a fabulous weekend.
Hugs - Mary.

Judy said...

I love the knobs. Your kitty is so cute and looks so comfy on the shawl. I figure everything in my house is reall my kitties and they just let me live here cuz I pay th bills and bring in the food.

Rhondi said...

Dear Heidi
I've missed visiting with you. Your home looks so inviting with the fire going. Such a lovely way to spend an evening, sitting in front of a cosy fire with your husband!
Hugs, Rhondi

Kristen said...

Hahahaha! that cat is spoiled!!! It looks very inviting aunt heidi!! I am about to put some of my fall decor out this year as well.

Elizabethd said...

Back to those easy happy days of childhood, indeed. How lovly!