Congratulations, you have a fairytale cottage in Carmel-by-the Sea and sooner or later you will think about giving that cottage a name. Finding the name is no easy task, especially when the choices are endless. Who should make the final call?
Apparently the owners of one of my favorite Carmel Cottages are having that problem. Perhaps we can help them!
I am strolling down the street when this little yellow cottage catches my eye.
Hmm. I love the huge oak tree in the front yard.
I cross the street to get the whole view and am hopelessly in love.
I can not begin to tell you how many times I have photographed this house.
Today I am methodically trying to capture every interesting detail. The curve of the side gate,
the arched garage door,
the way a post is used to prop up one of the tree branches.
I glance over the garden gate and I WANT this window with its window box, shutters, vining frame and lace curtins
And I especially want those star fish on the wall. I am so taken with them that for lack of a name, I file my photos of the cottage under “STAR FISH COTTAGE”.
Today I am resolved to ring the bell and find out the name. The plantings along the stone path are charming.
I note a small light on the side of the garage. Ho! They are really following the Carmel Rules For Outdoor Lighting. This is the correct wattage .
I stand at the rusty-red colored door
and ring the door bells.
While I wait , I notice the porch light,
the arched window to the right of the door,
the moss on the shingles,
and that wonderful oak that dominates the property
(TWISTED OAK?) .
No one answers.
Perhaps just a few more shots before I give up. I love the bench in the front.
Oh look, the feet of the bench are stone squirrels.
The owner uses the bench to display her pots. The topiary bunny needs a trim. Too bad I don’t have my Joyce Chen scissors. I have always been gifted with scissors.
I leave my calling card and turn to go back .
Then I see yet another window made magical by the owners skill.
I have run out of reasons to linger and make my way back up the path,
past my favorite window,
out the gate
and with one last glance,
up the hill toward home.
If you have a name you think fits this cottage, please tell me in the comments.
That will be fun. I suspect the owner is perfectly content to call it ‘HOME’ – the sweetest name of all.