1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gates, blossoms and a husband's sense of humor.....

This is our little haven of rest...Cranberry Cottage.

We enjoy spending time in the garden and listening/watching the birds. But I had a little problem that the gates Jos had made back in 2009 were too heavy for me to move. So when I was in the garden, I was stuck in the garden not being able to open the gates. *grins*

We had some hinges we removed from a gate in our city garden that was not being used. We decided to drive to a wood yard we know and buy some heavy wood posts to hinge the gate to and make it easier to open.

On the way back to the cottage, Jos wanted to stop at a snackbar in a village near us and get a "broodje kroket" which is a deep fried, breaded ragout in a bun, a Dutch specialty. This snackbar is literally built on side of a little stretch of canal so you feel like it is floating. We sat down to eat our treat and Jos said I can say he took me on a dinner cruise. That is his sense of humor in a nut shell.

And speaking of nuts...*wink*...look how pretty chestnut blossoms are up close. There were some beautiful huge chestnut trees across from the snackbar and we parked next to this one.

You can see the new posts on the gate which really came out nice. No more ropes to tangle with and a gate that simply swings open for me.

Here is a link to the post on my old blog when Jos made the new gates.



  1. Hello Heidi. Cranberry Cottage looks absolutely divine, so cosy and snug. How lovely that you can escape the city to this little haven. John and I have just bought ourselves a little VW Campervan and we love it. Just being able to take ourselves off to the seaside or country gives us immense pleasure as I'm sure Cranberry Cottage does for you. I'll be posting about our campervan soon. Have a great weekend.
    Patricia x

  2. Your husband's humor seems like my husband's!! Your cottage looks so sweet and inviting!

  3. What fun to sit by the river and have your snack. Just like a dinner cruise!
    I wonder if you have any news of Carolien?

  4. Your cottage is just lovely!!! and I am glad that you are now able to go in and out of the garden with ease..

  5. Heidi, I was just thinking of you today. I won't tell you what I was doing that made you cross my mind though! LOL I love your sense of humor. It sure helps to keep us going. I'm glad you won't be stuck in the garden anymore!

  6. Funny guy!

    The gate looks great!

  7. Dinner and a cruise, who could ask for anything more!! How sweet of Jos to make you a new gate you can open. I hate the feeling of being trapped. At my last surgery they left me in a wheelchair too far away from the nurse call button and I couldn't get out to help myself as they had my walker too far away. It was actually a pretty intense scary experience, especially when I started to feel woozy and like I was going to pass out. Glad Jos gave you your freedom!

  8. I can vouch that cranberry cottage is indeed a little haven.
    Glad Jos fixed the gate for you clever lad.

    Are you both keeping well I do hope so.

    Hazel c(UK)

  9. Ha ha...Jos heeft wel gelijk, het ziet er uit alsof je op een cruiseschip zit, en de broodjes kroket op de railing liggen...
    Wat een fijn 'buiten' huisje hebben jullie !!

  10. Cranberry Cottage looks blissful to spend time in. I can't say that I think being "trapped" in that garden would be a bad thing, but I'm glad Jos got the gate fixed for you. I miss hearing about the cottage and your gardens. Hope all is well with you.

  11. Wat heerlijk om zo groots te kunnen genieten van een eenvoudige kroket. Dat is de kunst van t leven!
    En jullie cottage wordt meer en meer een klein paleisje!

  12. I haven't had much time lately for blog reading Heidi. Glad you and Jos are enjoying peaceful times at Cranberry Cottage! I love your place and all you have done to it. The peace you enjoy there must be good for the soul. :-)

  13. Zo Heidi dat is genieten van een broodje kroket, ik ben er ook zo dol op, maar het liefs met een bruin broodje. Wat heb je het huisje mooi gefotografeerd, heel gezellig en met zo'n mooie tuinhek wil iedereen graag naar binnen.
    Dikke hug, Bep.

  14. Well now, a new gate at the cottage! It's a good thing to be able to move freely from one place to another. Jos must be a handy fellow! And, a dinner cruise on top of a new gate! You are quite the lucky lady! :)


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