Saturday, August 9, 2014

Looking Back

View from our hotel terrace. Swans swim in the sunlit waters.
Sidelined by a long oral surgery recovery, I've resorted to armchair travels through our picture archives. Turns out, one of my favorite stops is Hallstatt, a salt-mining village in upper Austria near the Hallstatter See.

This enchanting little avenue with greens growing gleefully through the cobblestones was a magical invitation for me to enter the shopping district above.
Once there, I was drawn into a little courtyard filled with garden furniture draped with moss and all manner of nature's goodies. Although the shopkeeper had practical presents for tourists to buy (clay trivets for the table), these pieces seemed assembled by fairy hands.

Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?
T.L. Travers, Mary Poppins

A work in progress: First a bit of structure, an armature. Then the decorative material.
A pretty portable pot but I couldn't take it home on a plane :(

Long ago, I posted this little handmade boat
 while wondering why it was built this way.
Now I know:
 Because the waters along the village are so shallow and calm, boatmen like to use this ancient flat design for getting around. It's also great for gliding among the swans that inhabit the lake.