I did capture a photo of two deer behind the college Thursday afternoon, however. I was quite surprised to see such large does crashing carelessly through the woods just behind buildings swarming with humans.
Here's the partially frozen pond in the valley behind the college buildings. The deer were on the other side of it.
I also have some photos of my "cottage." That is, our house. I realized that this year our house is fifty years old, which makes it not just old but an antique. Whenever I am tempted to complain about it, I remember how many people in the world have no homes at all. And I think of it as a modern cottage. We don't have any quaintly thatched or timbered cottages here in the U.S., but we do have suburban leftovers from 1960 such as the one DH and I own. (Technically, the bank owns it, but lets not go there.)
I remind myself how easy it is to clean and how nice it is that I can see the backyard from the kitchen, the living room and the office, enabling me to keep an eye on children and/or dogs. We have very little entertaining room, as the entry, dining and family room are all one space. But the yard makes up for that in summer time.
Here are some photos of the living/dining area, cleaned up today for company. We are planning to paint the white walls a light, mossy green. The built-in shelves are very cute.