Friday, July 25, 2014

Wonders of the Woods

 We had fun in the woods of Washington.  Our friends have lived near the woods most of their lives and if there are people who exhibit all the best effects of living in beauty, these four friends do.  
 One of the friends teaches woodworking at a small high school.  WHAT a teacher, right?  He makes what I call "three bears furniture" for his family and his cabin in the woods.
 Their tiny cabin, nestled in the woods is one room with a loft (no kitchen, all the meals are made camp style).

 All the wood working is completed with loving hard-working hands.  I know, that door knob is astonishing.

 Their family of sons, led by a creative father, makes tables from trees.  I want one.

 There is no plumbing, no water.  They go to "live in the woods" and all the lovely handmade furniture is a product of slow and loving work with the star of the forest, the tree.

 The two couples we spent three days with are kind, friendly, deep, and true.  I'm still basking in the afterglow.

We came back to Colorado late Sunday night and VERY early Monday morning I went to Kelli's to stay with the girls for four days.  We stayed indoors all week and lived in the flow of the home day.  When the girls went to bed, Granny went to bed.  We told stories at night and I was extremely flattered when they said, "More stories!  More stories!"  It was four days of indulgence, too.  Honestly, we had a lot of screen time and we consumed a good amount of junk food.  Kelli said is was okay because Granny days CAN be indulgent.  Yay!
 So, I was away from our garden for a week and a lot of lovely things grew!

I'm tired, but not exhausted.  Jenny's girls are coming over later this morning so I must get my bearings.  I do so love the name Granny.


TexWisGirl said...

the wood work is beautiful! i'd love to have one of those benches. had a table made from mexican pine that was extremely solid and rugged but we got rid of it when we moved to a different house that it wouldn't have fit well in.

Farm Girl said...

You are a good Granny too. It sounds like almost two weeks of bliss. I love the photos and what a fun way to go camping. To just be.
So glad for the updates. I am so happy you had a nice time. Welcome Home.

Julia said...

The wood work is beautiful and rugged. It's a lovely cabin too. It must feel nice and quiet around that place. I don't know about the no running water though. I think it would be difficult to get used to no showers.

Your flowers are beautiful and God did a great job of caring for them when you were away. I love coming home and seeing what has bloomed.


Amy at love made my home said...

What a beautiful cabin, furniture and setting in the woods for it!!! Your friend is very talented indeed to have made all of that. I am glad that you had such a lovely place to visit and that you had such a good time! xx

Julia said...

I commented earlier and I wasn't sure that I clicked on publish so I'm leaving another comment.

I love the woodwork and that little cabin. It looks so casual and rugged and a fun place to be but I'm not sold on the no running water as I love my shower. I know, I'm spoiled.

Your flowers looks beautiful and God took great care of it in your absence. I love checking my gardens to see what bloomed while I was away although I haven't gone away lately.

I agree, it's fun being a grandma. Have a great weekend.

Kezzie said...

What an astonishing place and how truly beautiful their work is! X

Leslie aka the wayside wanderer said...

What a wonderful hide-away in the woods and you don't even have to tow it with you. I'm glad you got to have a grown up adventure in the midst of your granny adventures. Blessings!

April said...

Busy busy! Glad you had fun!

Debi said...

What a lovely cabin! Your flowers are gorgeous. Hope you had a good day with your girls!

Gumbo Lily said...

That tree furniture is really wonderful. Love the bench! So nice you could enjoy friends and the great outdoors.

Your flowers are doing so well. I see your zinnias are about to pop. Mine have been slow, but they're making progress and I can't wait for their bright colors to pop onto the garden scene!

Granny days are hard work. Enjoy some resting time.

Maggie said...

I loved seeing your friends' home in the beautiful and inspirational. I really think I could live like that. It must be so peaceful with just the sounds of nature. One of the best things is no kitchen! Your garden is looking so pretty. X

Betty said...

That's my kind of house! a woodland hidy hole. The furniture is so beautiful, I would buy all of it! I liked the pictures of the wood burning stove all set up on a stone hearth, the simplicity of everything is it's beauty isn't it Pompom? it's perfect. Have a wonderful weekend. Betty

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

What a lovely abode in the middle of the woods. Love all those chairs, tables and benches. Would be lovely to have one of them at my place. You're an amazing granny Pompom. What an enjoyable time with your grandkids, they must be so wrapped to have spent time with you. Your garden is looking very lush too. Love all the different coloured hollyhocks. Enjoy your weekend.


Nancy McCarroll said...

So glad you were able to have time away, rustic style. That furniture is amazing!

Get caught up on your rest, Granny, so you can contine to garden with gusto all your beauteous flowers.

ann said...

Gardens do have a way getting on alone. The cabin the woods looks so charming. Check my blog for the Holly hock dolls it bin I am AnnRas on Pinterest. You have perfect flower girls.

Lisa Richards said...

I could SO live that cabin life! Our cabin life wasn't much different. I have lived with an outhouse and no running water before. It's a lifestyle choice or necessity sometimes, lol. :)
Your grands are blessed to have a granny who is a Master Storyteller!
Beautiful flowers! Thanks for all the wonderful photos. :)

Attic Clutter said...

love it..looks so fun ,what a neat place
have a great a weekend(:)

GretchenJoanna said...

That is SOME camp kitchen! Thank you for sharing all that beautiful livable art.

Aura said...

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Bonnie said...

Glad you had a fun trip. It's always nice to come home and your garden is beautiful!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

that cabin and furniture are amazing but I do like my creature comforts, like having a "proper" loo. been there, done that with the outhouse or pail, it's not what it's cracked up to be. or, maybe it's that my knees aren't what they once were.

Granny Marigold said...

Love those flowers!

M.K. said...

Your new toadstool background is enchanting! So cute. That cabin looks lovely for getting away. Do they haul in the water they need when they go there? Just wondering what they do for cooking/drinking. Is there a spring? I suppose an outhouse too. Well, those fellows do amazing work. What a quiet, peaceful place! Glad you had fun being Granny for those days with the girls. Sounds like fun :)

Attic Clutter said...

oh thanks on my manny Pom(;)
love the banner and background(:) fun fun