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.



S. Etole said...

Looks like a fascinating place.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Stunning and beautiful images, Becky! Hope you are feeling and doing better!

Lorlee Bartos said...

I visited there as well and thought it was magical. I was fascinated by the cavern in the mountain with all the bones -- since the churchyard is so small, you claim your space there only for a limited time and then your bones are disinterred and placed in the cavern.

tammy j said...

armchair is now my favorite way to travel.
and you never disappoint.
whether it's christmas in London
or this enchanting place.
or even by the sea where you live in the winter!
love and healing wishes to you dear heart. xo♥

Jeanne Henriques said...

Beautiful photos Becky...and I love the thought of each of us having our own private Fairyland! I do believe! I hope your recovery is going well...enjoy those armchair travels. Amazing what we learn when we put our mind to it...any kind of travel is wonderful. Best wishes..xx

yaya said...

Talk about "eye candy"! Those are beautiful places and the photos really bring you there. Thanks for sharing and I do hope you're feeling better!

Nib's End said...

I built a small fairy garden last year from a rotting tree stump in the garden. I added more plants to it this year. Then the chipmunks moved in and are spoiling the rooms with their messes. Living in the wild as they do, I suppose fairies are used to such mischief!

The plants in your armchair fairy plots are quite a lovely, living green. A perfect spot to dance in the moonlight.

Debbie said...

What an enchanting village, Becky.
I love the moss covered garden chairs.
I hope you recover quickly from the surgery, without any complications.
Big hugs to you, sweet friend.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

A beautiful place to have visited. I do hope you're recovering from your treatment. Thank you so much for your kind comments left on my last blog post.

RuneE said...

You seem to have found the perfect job a recovery period - and photos to match the job. All the best!

Beth said...

Wonderful post with some gorgeous photos! I love the fairy lands. :>) I hope the healing is speeding along for you.

Dewena said...

You've been blessed by so much more than the visit itself as the memories keep bringing joy to you. And now I've been blessed by it as well because like dear Tammy above, it is armchair travel that I depend on now.

Aren't photographs wonderful! They truly are a magic carpet back to when you took the snapshot.

Leslie said...

What a magical place! Those chairs remind me of the movie, "Fairy Tale, A True Story." They built a marvelous fairy's doll house for that set. I loved the cottage the family lived in, too!

I DO hope your recovery from oral surgery is progressing steadily towards healing.

Lucinda Keller said...

Thanks for bringing us down your memory lane!
These are enchanting! I've never been to Austria ... looks so lovely and so charming!
Great shots!

Hope your healing goes fast!