Mar 30, 2009

by English Muse

Hello everyone! We’re back from a our weekend getaway at a lovely little cabin…


…in 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.


This entry was posted on Monday, March 30th, 2009 at 3:14 pm. It is filed under Decor. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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44 Responses to “California Cabin”

  1. Char says:

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

  2. Tina says:

    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!

  3. giulia says:

    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 them..and…do 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 see…an 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 soon…so 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)

  4. Tina says:

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

  5. kerri ní dochartaigh says:

    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

  6. The Clever Pup says:

    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

  7. Tina Tarnoff says:

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


  8. The Wanderers' Daughter says:

    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!

  9. Shelby says:

    Sounds like a dream! Love the photos!

  10. avant garde says:

    mmmmm…wine on that swing surrounded by birds sounds like perfection. glad you enjoyed!

  11. Tina says:

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

  12. Charlotte says:

    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.

  13. Tina says:

    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…

  14. Lynne says:

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

  15. Hello Lindello says:

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

  16. Tina says:

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

  17. sølvi says:

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

  18. Liam_On_Life --_-- says:

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

  19. Joanna Goddard says:

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

  20. Andi says:

    Love what you do with Polaroids – great concept!

  21. The Cottage Cheese says:

    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…

  22. Char says:

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

  23. Messy says:

    So, no bears? How about hobos?

  24. Rebecca Lynch Photography says:

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

  25. Muppet Soul says:

    Idlewile? Or however the f it’s spelled…

    Congrats on blog of note! Diggin the blog.

  26. Muppet Soul says:

    Idlewile? Or however the f it’s spelled…

    Congrats on blog of note! Diggin the blog.

  27. Muppet Soul says:

    Idlewile? Or however the f it’s spelled…

    Congrats on blog of note! Diggin the blog.

  28. Muppet Soul says:

    Idlewile? Or however the f it’s spelled…

    Congrats on blog of note! Diggin the blog.

  29. Muppet Soul says:

    Idlewile? Or however the f it’s spelled…

    Congrats on blog of note! Diggin the blog.

  30. Cleidinha Santos says:

    Beautifull! Loved

  31. reyjr says:

    wow famous people on blogs of note! 😀

  32. boubou says:

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


  33. marigirl says:

    there’s nothing better than starting the day outside with tea and ending it outside with wine!! sounds perfect 🙂

  34. william ding says:

    Very nice!
    My blog: ! Join Us!

  35. Rachel says:

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

  36. Cindy says:

    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!

  37. Pleasant Holiday Vacations says:

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

  38. Mahmood Syedfaheem says:

    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.

  39. Lost Sheep says:

    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)

  40. cras4 says:

    yes. monday=sigh

  41. Mag says:


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

  42. Bonnie Bonsai says:

    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!

  43. SoFine09 says:

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

  44. pamela colon says:

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

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