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Monday, March 30, 2009

California Cabin


Hello everyone! We're back from a our weekend getaway at a lovely little cabin...

cabinscenes a canyon amid the California chaparral: Eucalyptus trees and prickly pears, yucca plants and orange poppies, pine trees and oak trees...


We were cooled by an ocean breeze and kept warm by a campfire. Of course, I had to bring along vintage blankets, an orange enamel teapot (with white polka dots), and thrift-store yarn for knitting....My favorite part...


...was drinking wine in the evening on this front porch swing. And listening to the birds sing. It was bliss.

So now I'm back at work. Sigh. It's Monday.


Blogger Char said...

mmmmmm, I'm jealous as I would love a perfect weekend like this. but so happy for you!!!

March 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

it was a really cheep getaway. just a few hours drive...we're looking for ways to still have fun but save money...i've become the thrift store maven!

March 30, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger giulia said...

It sounds like a marvellous weekend. And pray tell, what are you knitting? (I'm still working on Xmas gifts, I am not kidding.)

Yes, it's Monday but look at it this way: I'm in the East & it's afternoon...just talked to friends in NZ & it's Tuesday a.m. there. So really, it's nearly Tuesday afternoon for you remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry & Elaine are in Florida at his parents? It's driving them crazy & it comes down to "...& really, when you look at it, it's a day, a day & a half tops..."

California poppies, oh, how gorgeous. I saw them for the first time in northern CA visiting a friend years ago. She knew I would freak out (in a good way) & drove this non-driver somewhere near her place in Marin. We drove around a bend on Hwy. 1 & she pulled over & said: Get out (in a nice way).

I could hardly believe it, I squealed (I did). As far as I could orange lava river. Brought a package of CA poppy seeds back East (they didn't sell them here then) & proceeded to violate the native species concept (which wasn't au courant even with a lot of gardeners, so je m'excuse).

Riffing on your post title, I have to readjust to the Mamas & Papas. Last week, when I looked at your getaway post, I smiled devilishly because Tom Petty Wildflowers CD was playing (the naughty Cabin Down Below). Hence, my "beware of les loups" fit both the Jeanloup post & the getaway.

OK. That's enough of me!

(But I'm emailing you soon to ask for a photo permission that will be me emailing from 'myrealname/with the darfur gmail address. Or would you prefer FB? I'll subscribe to comments to find out answer...ciao-meow)

March 30, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I love that, Giuila darling, California poppies growing along the Potomic!
email me at FB or all gets funneled to my blackberry anyway...

March 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger kerri ní dochartaigh said...

this is such an awesome post! yayy for vintage blankets, wine in the evening and enamel teapot! i so wish i was your friend! kerri xx

March 30, 2009 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

Woohoo, Tina - a nice way to start the week. You're a Blogger of Note!!

To think that I knew you when you were just a blogging baby!

Congrats - Hazel XO

March 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

Gosh, the place looks absolutely lovely. Just right for charging the bateries. So glad you're back, though! Missed your blogging:).


March 30, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Oh, sounds lovely! I'm looking forward to our first trip to Vail once the snow melts off the mountaintops. It's been too long since we enjoyed our mountain getaway!

March 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Sounds like a dream! Love the photos!

March 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger avant garde said... on that swing surrounded by birds sounds like perfection. glad you enjoyed!

March 30, 2009 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

OMG!!! I'm a blogger of note!! yay!! yay!!!!

March 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

Congratulatons, but those of us who have been following your blog for the past months already feel it's a notable part of our lives. Your weekend sounds just right and you must tell us what you're knitting. Poppies and wild lupine are such wonderful signs of the California spring, which is one of nature's subtle wonders. Thank you for sharing it all with all of us.

March 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Ohh! Thank you!!! Thank you for reading me and visiting my blog!

i'm so happy!

so what am i knitting? really i only knit two things: scarves and pot holders...easy things that i can just knit and purl because it's so relaxing...

March 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Congratulations on blog of note! Someone is definitely doing the rounds of the design blogs...

March 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Hello Lindello said...

What a great getaway. It looks like it came out of a fairy tale!

March 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Go design blogs!!! there's power in this pretty corner of the internet!

March 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger sølvi said...

I can almost smell the the trees and feel the sun on my face.

March 30, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Liam_On_Life --_-- said...

Nothing is more peaceful than a nice getaway especially aroundnature....I love your blg you should cmececk mine out:)

March 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

oh the porch swing--gorgeous! so glad you had a good time. xoxo

March 30, 2009 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Andi said...

Love what you do with Polaroids - great concept!

March 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

Wow - congratulations on being a blog of note!!! Sounds like such a divine and relaxing weekend at "the cabin". It's funny, I was born in San Diego and although we moved away when I was only six, I still have that scent memory of the Eucalyptus. I'm feeling very nostalgiac for California right now...

March 30, 2009 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Char said...

congrats on being named a Blog of Note!!! so very well deserved

March 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Messy said...

So, no bears? How about hobos?

March 30, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Lynch Photography said...

Sound like a nice weekend. Congrats on being Blog of Note.

March 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Muppet Soul said...

Idlewile? Or however the f it's spelled...

Congrats on blog of note! Diggin the blog.

March 30, 2009 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Cleidinha Santos said...

Beautifull! Loved

March 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger reyjr said...

wow famous people on blogs of note! :D

March 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous boubou said...

i just found your blog and i love it !!
a très bientot for sure!


March 30, 2009 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger marigirl said...

there's nothing better than starting the day outside with tea and ending it outside with wine!! sounds perfect :)

March 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger william ding said...

Very nice!
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March 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Sounds like a lovely getaway- and congrats on being a blog of note!!

March 30, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I found you on blogs of note and am more impressed with your reading list then theirs!

The rustic photos are so appropriate to the subject. Looks like an amazing getaway. I'll have to plan my own!

March 30, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Pleasant Holiday Vacations said...

it's hard to back to work after having a pleasant weekend, isn't it? me too.

March 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Mahmood Syedfaheem said...

Congratulations! Your blog deserves to be noted. I think I can escape to the woody cabin, far from the madding crowd. Wish you all the best.

March 30, 2009 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Lost Sheep said...

I am soooo jealous! The cabin looks absolutely gorgeous, lovely and cosy and oh so romantic.

Came across your blog from the blogs of note section - keep up the good work, it's a great read :o)

March 31, 2009 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger cras4 said...

yes. monday=sigh

March 31, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Mag said...


So many tree, you really close nature. you had great weekend.

March 31, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Bonnie Bonsai said...

Gosh, with so many followers you got and the celebrity you are in, how am I suppose to fit in? I am only a small fish in your huge aquarium. Anyway, I admire the sophistication of your blog name alone. What more of the contents? I am just a one cell of your titanic brain. hehehe... Cheers!

March 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger SoFine09 said...

The cabin looks so cute and the weekend so relaxing! Wish I was there.

March 31, 2009 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger pamela colon said...

your blog is like summer in the winter. i really like your pictures!

April 1, 2009 at 8:10 AM  

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