Author archive: Janis

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy, Ann Karenina  Max says, “please stop winter now!” I have promised him no matter what we are not going to put on his coat or his booties again, until next winter.  I hope the weather will cooperate because there isn’t a more disappointed face…

Take time to NOTICE the things that other people are OVERLOOKING ~ the slowdown challange The Berkshire winter landscape is magnificent even on a cold and frigid day. It is always a good idea to fight that inner voice that wants to stay in by a warm fire, a good book, or a great movie….

  Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow.  I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. Thinking of you this holiday season!”  -T.A. Barron     We have officially entered the holiday season ~ I love to include Thanksgiving as the kickoff!  I love to think…

  We are getting ready for some cozy living here at Crabtree Cottage.  The gardens are ready to be put to bed, there are leaves waiting to be raked up and soup to be served in front of the fire.   It has been a glorious late summer and autumn season here at Crabtree Cottage….

      I am lucky that I really get to do what I love.  I love keeping house! I also love setting the stage for my guests’ arrival, especially repeat guests. I anticipate catching up with them and sharing time together.  Planning breakfast menus,  tending to my garden and decorating my house fill me with…

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ”  John Steinbeck We sure are enjoying the beautiful late spring weather here in the Berkshires! Everything is lush spring green and the spring flowering trees and bulbs have been glorious! One of the greatest things about spring is…

  “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” Mark Twain It is officially Spring! Yippee!  We have so many outdoor activities planned.  After this long and cold winter we certainly are not able to jump into anything outdoors just yet. There are…

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell   I have a confession to make.  I love winter!  I know everyone is sick and tired of old man winter but…

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” John Keats Many of my guests love to walk downtown to our restaurants and pubs. We are just one block from the Main Street where all of our best restaurants and pubs are….

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