Author Archives: Robin

generous: but here’s what I do know

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here was a sparkle there, the kind of smile that goes all the way up to the eyes and into the soul that tells me he’s happy. “I’ve never heard Dad laugh so hard,” he, … read more

relaxed: landing up

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s soon as the blooms on my camellia burst open, they fall. I guess it is the chill in the air or the gentle late autumn winds that carry them, but it’s a curious thing … read more

active: wherein we get a frisbee

Who knew that a ten dollar frisbee would bring so much joy to our family? The frisbee idea began after an afternoon enjoying Disk Golf at our local course here in Williamsburg. We loved it … read more

simple: carrot and mint ribbon salad

Our Life Plan, and the big reason for downsizing our life, was to live out our motto: Live an Active, Simple, Generous, and Relaxed lifestyle.  We continually refine and hone our daily choices to make … read more

One-Pot German Potato Salad

I would love to be back in Germany this time of year. Fall swoops in suddenly there with such flair and color bringing with it bulky sweaters, boots, and snuggly scarves. Then there are the bazaars … read more

2 ingredient pumpkin bisque, plus 3 adaptations

I have had the travel bug lately but am dismayed by the cost of airfare, leading me to wonder if I will ever cross the Pond again. So I sit contented at Manderley, traveling through the … read more

small space solutions: laundry and linens

Downsizing from a seventeen room large home with two car garage to a nine room small and cozy home with detached “garage” has brought on some great challenges, such as where to put everything for … read more

melon salad with toasted prosciutto

I think we have found our rhythm here at Manderley Cottage.  I hate the word routine which for me conjures visions of repetitive boredom. Rhythm is better because it can change depending on mood or weather.   … read more

Let there be chocolate

Let’s just say you bumped into me here in Williamsburg, Merchants Square to be exact, and asked me to point you in the direction of a good café, one with decadent chocolate desserts, quiet corners, … read more

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