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Holly, jolly Christmas this year!" With the best wishes for good health and good cheer from all of us at "Ivy Cottage on Bertie".

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A New Cookie Recipe

Every Christmas season I like to try one new  cookie recipe to add to our family celebration. This year I found a recipe for Chocolate-mint cookies in one of our local newspapers and knew it was the one! Chocolate-Mint Cookies 1 lb. dark semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped) 1/2 cup butter cut … Continue reading A New Cookie Recipe

A Colourful Transition

The wetter than normal spring and early summer that we enjoyed rewarded our garden with plentiful and beautiful hydrangea blooms. Over the course of the season the blooms changed colour  from brilliant blues to mauve to pinkish -green. Although I hate to cut any flowers, I know that the hydrangea bloom's beauty can continue for … Continue reading A Colourful Transition

Collecting

Attic Sister

We all collect things.  No you say? YES, I say.  Everyone collects something.  We all hold onto what is near and dear to our hearts in hopes of staying connected to a person, place or thing that brought us some type of happiness so we can relive that happy time.
20171017_110904.jpgFrom my experience selling antiques for the past thirty years I can whole heartedly say, I believe Baby Boomers are the best, most prolific collectors on the planet.  It began with their parents who were born during the depression.  They learned at an early age to value things that had more life left in them.  Having lived through the depression and WWII these parents of the baby boomers knew how recycle, re-use and to give something another life, knew the value of hanging on to something that may be needed in the future and knew that sometime, that item might…

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Goodbye, Summer, Goodbye

After having a relatively normal summer, weather -wise, followed by a delicious autumn tease the first week and half of September, summer roared back with a vengeance. This  uncomfortably hot, increasingly humid, and drought-like weather caught me off-guard. I had already washed and stored away all of our summer shorts and tee-shirts; I couldn't help … Continue reading Goodbye, Summer, Goodbye