Can a Barn Be Cottage?

Our Cottage

Cottage is a lifestyle, a frame of mind.  Although we live in a restored, 4-level dairy barn, circa 1900, it is our cottage.  To me “cottage” is living simpler but better, making the most of what we have, and living in the unexpected moment…  Serendipity is a happy accidental discovery.  Can serendipity be cultivated?  I like to think that the more aware we are of our surroundings, the more occurrences serendipitously present themselves.  They were there all along; but we were not awake to their presence.  Does a tree falling in the forest make a sound if no one is there to hear it?  Can serendipity exist if no one recognizes it?  What was your unexpected moment this week?


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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One Response to Can a Barn Be Cottage?

  1. noactive says:

    Can a Barn Be Cottage? .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

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