Monday, October 20, 2008

A Trip to Simpler Times

We just got back from a week long trip to what felt like a simpler time. We went to Lewiston Lake which is near Lake Shasta. We rented a little cabin for 7 days and just took life easy. There was no TV, computer, microwave and even our cell phones wouldn't work (terrible thing since they were calling me from work to see when I was coming back). The cabin was a real trip back in time. All the furnishings looked like they were from the early 60's and in such great shape. I got to cook on a gas stove again, something I love and miss a lot. We fished and hiked everyday and only ate out once since we were having such a great time cooking and we did eat really well!

Michael wrote all about the fishing on his blog already, it is a really fun read if you are interested in fishing even just a little bit. He puts his sense of humor into his writing and adds a really fun touch to something that could be boring. I enjoyed the fishing, but really enjoyed the hiking and just observing nature. It always amazes me how much we miss in our every day lives because we don't take the time to just stop and look at nature and what is going on around us. It is so easy to just keep busy going through our daily routine. It was nice to get away from that.

One of things I just fell in love with at the cabin was these dishes and if I ever find them in a thrift store somewhere I will buy them all! They may even be from the 50's. They had such a nice feel to them and an odd shape that sort of scooped up on the sides keeping all the food on the plate. The coffee cups looked small, but held a lot more coffee than you would expect. If anyone knows any info on these dishes please leave me a comment.

There were native roses growing every where. Usually deer would eat them, but for some reason they didn't eat these and they were full of rose hips. I harvested quite a few and brought them home I am going to cook them up with some apples and make an apple rose hip jelly. I found several recipes on the internet for this so am taking it all in and trying my own version if it works out I will let you know. We also found a pear tree that had little tiny pears growing on it. Michael thinks it is a seckel pear. The bears had found it also and had already picked most of the pears in our reach, but we managed to shake down some more to bring home. They really had a special flavor to them I don't think I could describe. The apple tree was in the same area and the bears had found that too, but we came away with more than enough for ourselves and some to share.

Well, time to head off to work and back to the real life!

Enjoy your day!


Ivory Spring said...


It's lovely to hear from you...

What a relaxing time you have had... I am glad you got to enjoy your time!

Ivory Spring said...

Hi Ferne,

I have to say I enjoy "The Quilter" -- the editor seems to be very conscious about packing a lot into one issue. Their fall issue actually had 22 projects!

Rays off of a hot sun for that background quilting -- I can see that. That's a keen observation!

Have a great night! :)

KT said...

What a great vacation. My husband loves to fish in that area. He mostly fly fishes in the surf these days.
The dishes look very familiar to me, but I don't have any info.

Ivory Spring said...

Hi Ferne,

It's lovely to hear from you! I have been able to get quite a lot of piecing done today. The pieces are big, so, it's been easier to work with than if I have had to work with tiny tiny pieces.

Hope all is well with you - take care!

Kelly Fletcher said...

The design on those plates would make a nice embroidery... sounds like my kind of holiday.