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Tamara in Tamar

December 22, 2008

This weekend we took Tamara for some snow and sledge riding to a mountain valley appropriately named Tamar. You’ll probably get a full account of this over at Cashmere cafe, so I’ll try to ramble on a different angle of the story.
After about an hour of walking through the snow covered landscape (and I do mean covered – there was about meter and a half of snow), we arrived to our destination – the little mountain cottage at the end of the valley just at the foot of the mountains. To us, cottages are quintessential part of mountaineering and there are mountains/hills that we don’t climb because there is no place to buy a cup of overly sweet tea. Or a good jota or ričet,two stews that are the staple of mountain cottage cuisine around here and which are at its best when cooked in large quantities. They are also pretty safe order (can’t really mess them up), the only real gamble being the sausage if you decide for one.
There are other fine things about these institutions, such as the friendly atmosphere or the little rituals people have (such as treating themselves with a glass of brandy for all the hard workout they have done),  but what I really like about them is the “tile surprise”. Yes, I’m talking about ceramic tiles. Usually it’s the corridors, sometimes the dining area itself, sometimes its the toilets, but they never fail. What you get is a treat of those geometric 1960’s and 1970’s tile designs in grey, brown or ochre. The effect is always a bit surreal, nostalgic and at times almost psychedelic. I never came across a design that I would really like to have in my home, like for example in a garage (which BTW we don’t even have ) but it is always nice to see them up there, slightly worn out by two or three decades of tired steps in heavy boots.

Snow covered peaks on the way to Tamar

Snow covered peaks on the way to Tamar

Before we left we told Tamara that we will go to see mountains, this is how she rendered them when we came back.

"goja" (much is lost in translaiting this into "mountain")

"goja" (much is lost in translaiting this into "mountain")

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2008 9:50 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place. I’m envious that you live so close to real mountains. All we have here in Australia are hills (even though some are called mountains).

    Here in Australia you will see tiles like the ones in your photo in many of the homes built in the 1970s. Many people here spend a lot of time and effort to removed them and replace them with more “natural” looking surfaces.

  2. December 28, 2008 9:28 pm

    Right now, I’m probaly envious of all the sun that you have (see my previous post) or the infinite horison, but all in all, it really is nice to have the mountains so close.

  3. December 28, 2008 9:30 pm

    When we are/were looking for a bigger apartment/house, we always found the tiling part very interesting, amusing and at times, amazing. These days, these designs are so retro that they are fashionable again :)

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