For the past few weeks, I've been thinking about our cottage transformed into a monastic retreat.
I wanted to take pictures of the cottage after last Saturday's intense work. As I looked through them, I was struck by the monastic retreat effect that we created:
The bedroom looks cozy, at least in this picture. A headboard would make it better:
This shot shows the small bookcase--imagine it filled with interesting books on creativity and theology!
It's not a kitchen that my younger self would love. My younger self baked in huge batches. But perhaps it's a kitchen for how we live now (minus the dishwasher and the microwave that many people would want):
There's a parking pad in the back of the property, near the door that's usable now. It's a parking pad, but it's only good if one has a small car and good parking skills.
I've talked about turning this space into a labyrinth, but it might be a bit small. I also think it could make a good garden spot for meditating or writing.
As I've thought about the future of the cottage this week, I've thought of monastic retreats, but as I've said before, I haven't figured out how one would market that.
These are decisions that don't need to be made right now. But it pleases me to have created this oasis, even if I don't know what to do with it beyond the occasional guest.
you’re perfect just the way you are
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