casa cobre (part 1)

DSCN8640We travelled from NYC to Taos – a total of 18 hours brought us to the magnificent Casa Cobre and this little welcoming committee.  Hello Clementine!DSCN8643The landscape is pure Georgia O’Keefe.  I’m glad to say that now I GET it.  Her red hills, her beloved Cerro Pedernal with its chopped top, her belief that “it belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it.”  In 1986 her ashes were scattered there.DSCN8651We could sit and gaze at the Sangre De Cristo mountain range from the patios or the hot tub … I became very partial to the hot tub!  Taos changed my way of seeing.  I longed for my paints, my colored pencils.DSCN8650DSCN8645My sister rented this most magnificent house for our family to stay in.  Every wall was graced with authentic art.DSCN8649DSCN8647DSCN8648I cannot remember the last time that I found a house so unique, so inviting.  While the landscape was initially foreign to my ‘English Garden’ sensibilities,  I grew to love it.  There is a serenity that permeates Taos.  It sits as if in a bowl, surrounded on all sides by mountains.  The hills beckon, one’s imagination grows vivid.  I know that I heard drums in the night.  It’s a spiritual place – it causes the small hairs on the back of one’s neck to stand up.  Ascending the mountain with the Rio Grande as our guide, I recalled the many Sunday afternoons sitting with my father, watching westerns.  I’m here!  The wild west DOES exist!  It wasn’t a Hollywood painted backdrop after all!DSCN8653DSCN8657I fell in love with this blue bench.  The Can-Do Guy says that he can replicate it.  Swoon.

DSCN8660I miss my family who stayed behind.  More on that tomorrow …

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mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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5 Responses to casa cobre (part 1)

  1. Eydie says:

    Isn’t it the best in NM?!!! My parents are in Albuquerque in the winter so I spend time there
    during our (MN) winter and between Santa Fe/Taos I can’t choose…if you ever get the chance to
    go to the Georgia O’Keefe museum in SF; fantastic!


    • jody says:

      I love it Eydie! I wish that we’d had more time, but we were busy with wedding preparations! I’ll go back if the newlyweds will have me. They bought a sweet old adobe house in Taos which borders the Rumsfeld farm … tranquil!


  2. schwamu says:

    The welcome committee, the view, the tiles that look so cool for the feet…the art, the sunlight…this looks like a place to just unravel in. How lovely.

    (p.s. Hello there. I’m a happy new reader! Is it too soon to ask how one might replicate that cute little Kaffe Fassett-y bag on the bench, there?)


    • jody says:

      welcome! I love my Kaffe market bag too! I’ve made a ton of them. The secret is to use a heavier weight fabric for the lining (I use a waffle muslin). The pattern is – and it’s called the ‘Grocery Bag’. Have fun!!!!


      • schwamu says:

        Thank you for the pattern link, and the lining tip, too! So much appreciated. Thanks, too, for sharing such great pictures of your time out west.


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