About Me

Hi, I’m Leslie, and this is my blog about living in an old house in the country in North Florida. I write here about decorating, gardening, and cooking vegan style.


I think of my blog as a sort of virtual bed and breakfast. My aim is to offer you a little vacation from the hectic modern world.

You don't have to rush at Spruce Pine Cottage. You can sit on the breezeway and sip some Meyer lemonade as you listen to the cicadas hum. There are always vegan cookies in the oven, and some lazy cats to keep you company. Bees buzz in the basil by the back steps, and little green anoles sun themselves on the awnings. Life is simpler and slower here.

I hope you enjoy. Thanks so much for visiting.


  1. Thanks, Sharon! That's so great to hear!

  2. Dear Leslie ~ I couldn't find an email addy for you on your blog so will say a heart felt thank you here for your gift to the fund. I means a lot to me and I really appreciate it.

    Have a wonderful 2013.
    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

  3. Oh, you are very welcome, Lorraine!

  4. Nice to meet you. I'm your newest follower. We sound a lot alike! Continued blessings...

  5. Hi Leslie. I couldn't find an email for you, but wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on my Super Mario post. Our family definitely loves to eat. :)
    Your house and garden are gorgeous. I'd love to have the space like yours to grow edibles. As it is, the ornamentals rule the roost.
    Thanks again for taking the time to comment!
    Mindy @ Rindy Mae

  6. Hi Leslie ~ It was good to see a new post from you. I'm glad you and Rob had a great time repainting your fencing.

    I love your header photo of your home.

    Hope to read more of your posts with pictures too. Have missed you.

    Can't leave a comment and couldn't find an email addy, so here I am.

    Have a lovely Easter ~ FlowerLady

  7. Dear Leslie ~ I love your latest post, your photos are so tranquil.

    Happy Summer ~ FlowerLady

  8. Hey Leslie. Just wanted to check in with you. I hope your "summer" is going well. Your carrots look beautiful! Do you mind sharing what variety you used? Mine didn't do so well this year, so I'm looking for a new type.
    Your posts are always something to look forward to.
    Continued blessings, daisy

  9. Your new path is wonderful and it is always great when dreams become a reality. Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

  10. I like your new awnings. Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

  11. Beautiful changes at Spruce Pine Cottage since spring, Leslie. I adore the new awnings and cobblestone path with the coneflowers. I so wish coneflowers did well here in my part of Central Florida. Love your Crazy for Caladiums photos and post. You probably know I'm a little wacky over them as well. Meems

  12. Love your sweet photo from today and I can see why it makes you 'glad'.

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

  13. I've been refraining from leaving a comment on your "about me" page . . . but after your last post and that absolutely beautiful photo of the bedroom ~ I just can't help myself! Pure perfection.

  14. Hi Leslie, I wanted to leave comments on your blog posts but can't find a way to do that. Looks like something may have changed which makes it impossible to comment. Hope you're doing well this summer. I always enjoy all your posts. Wishing you the best! Susan

  15. Those are really cute decorations and your Mom did a wonderful job with them. She's an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing a bit of her story.


  16. What a lovely room! You inspire me to keep working on my bedroom.


  17. Your childhood sounds a lot like mine . . . .

    My son is dating a vegan so I've been perusing your recipes. :-) I do believe we'll be making these vegan cherry coconut bars. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Sweet ornaments!

    May your holidays be filled with lots of love, peace & joy ~ FlowerLady

  19. Lovely rugs to go with your beautiful furnishings and wonderful hardwood floors.

    Happy Holidays ~ FlowerLady

  20. Not being able to leave comments on your posts is killing me! So, FlowerLady and I are just gonna rack up some comments here.

    It is time for me to head to confession because I covet every single thing I see in your beautiful home - like literally ~ everything! Wait, not your husband, that would be really bad . . . but every thing else! ;-)

  21. I just had to find a way to leave you a comment to say thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. It really meant a lot! I just saw your last post about the rugs and each one of them is perfect for your space. I am quite envious of all your gorgeous wooden furniture, and the little peeks of your house that I've seen. Our last home was historic and so full of character and I really miss that. Your home is so beautiful!

  22. I love the color, it goes so well with your lovely wood antique furnishings.

    You are inspiring me to paint.

    Happy Holidays to you both ~ FlowerLady

    P.S. I really enjoyed eli's comment. :-)

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  24. What pretty blooms on the red buckeye. Can't grow it this far south, so I'll just enjoy yours.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

  25. So glad to see a new post from you. Loved the story about your career change. The photo of the buckeye flowers is beautiful and your description perfect! Hope all is well.

  26. That is the perfect name for that azalea. Just beautiful!

  27. Good morning dear Leslie ~ This is in answer to your comment on my blog about buying roses online. I've not had any problems ordering roses this way, have ordered from 2-3 different places. Some have been plugs, others small plants. The ones from rose petals nursery are growing plants - one gallon plant size. I think they are like a year old. You can email Cydney to find out about that and ask her any questions too. It takes about three years before they really take off, then watch out, they'll grow like crazy. That's the saying I've heard.

    I love the old garden varieties and found roses. Scented and repeat bloomers that are very disease resistant.

    I just did a quick google map search and it would take you around 2 1/2 hours to get to them. They are a little west of Gainesville. 172 miles from Quincey.

    Rose Petals Nursery
    16918 SW 15th Ave
    Newberry, FL 32669


    They will be open this coming Saturday to the public the 13th, from 9-1. Otherwise it's by appt. You save shipping by visiting them of course.

    Hope this helps. Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  28. Thank you, Lorraine! You are awesome. This is so helpful!

  29. I think I caught a tidbit in your last post (before you un-published it) . . . I've missed your blog posts and hope you are doing well. I'm usually wrong about things, so if this comment seems off-the-wall - chalk it up to just that!

    Either way - come back to us Leslie . . . your blog was always so welcoming and comforting.