Saturday, May 29, 2010

Katrina Cottages

As many of you know, I have long wanted to return to Frederick County, Maryland, where I grew up, and some circumstances have arisen that will enable us to move there. I think it is important to be near one's extended family, especially for children. It look like we will be able to live out in the country, right where I spent my childhood. But it takes a lot of planning to have a simple country life, which is our dream and which we hope is not too far in the future. My husband and I are thinking of building one of the Katrina cottages, so I am gathering all the information I can, and was glad to find this article.

We were also wondering about building from a Ross Chapin design, all of which are utterly charming, but might be beyond our budget.

And there is nothing like wisteria for a cottage garden. We plan to raise chickens, too. Share

14 comments:

Wendy Haught said...

I'm so happy for you!

Georgette said...

You're moving back? Yay!

The Katrina cottages are cute, but only one bathroom? I think you would regret not having a bathroom upstairs where the bedrooms are. The Ross Chapin cottage is adorable, and has three baths. Nice.

I love wisteria too. They were blooming like crazy around here in the first week of April. I wish the blooms lasted longer, though. My favorite color scheme is wisteria purple and dark green.

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, Wendy, please pray for us!

Don't worry, Gette, we are going to build one of the larger Katrina cottages that has 3 bathrooms. Yes, we have wisteria now but it is way in the back of the house where we can hardly see it.....

aLmYbNeNr said...

I had no idea you were from Frederick! I went to school there and I live in Baltimore! :)

tubbs said...

I'VE GOT A DUCK FOR Y'ALL!
Someone abandonned a pet pekin duck in the park where I do my constitutional every evening. She followed me all over, so I drove her home (she insisted on sitting on my lap the whole way). Let me know when you've set up the farm.

Yes it's so good for the children to be around extended family. What's sad is that even if you moved to the mountains of Wyoming, you wouldn't be able to shelter them from these debauched times. (the late Princess Grace once gave a wonderful speech on that subject; I've been trying to find it).

elena maria vidal said...

aLmYbNeNr , wow, where did you go to school?

Tubbs, we won't have a pond so I don't know how happy the duck will be with us but thank you for the offer!

Julygirl said...

Tubbs,
Pekin or Peking? Peking duck is delicious eating, but it might make you sad to eat a pet. Just Kidding! (However, Peking Duck is a recipe, not a species of duck.)

Gareth Russell said...

The Ross Chapin cottages are SO beautiful! They're like something out of a fairy-tale, honestly.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, the Ross Chapin designs are my first choice, especially a design called "Swede Hill" which is the perfect enchanted cottage in the wilderness.

Matterhorn said...

I hope it all works out! I wish you every blessing~ temporal and eternal.

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks! I know from personal experience that I'll be able to write and pray better out in the woods. God's will be done.

Alexandra said...

Sounds wonderful, idyllic! Will you have a kitchen garden? You must have one with the chickens...they go together. :) Oh, and big blooming hydrangeas and dogwood trees.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, we'll have all that, God willing. And dogwoods are already growing naturally on the land!

Madeleine said...

Yes, hydrangeas! The cottages speak to my soul! Happy for you.