Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rustic Winter delight..

It is no secret that I absolutely love (!) the mountains. In fact I think I may be a reincarnated mountaineer or ranger, because I get a very special feeling of serenity and genuine belonging when I am in mountainous terrain.

 Matterhorn via Picasa - I would love to climb the 'Hörnli ridge' (right).. A distant dream..!

For two years I lived in the divine (Olympic) village of Lillehammer Norway where I enjoyed a full life of hiking, climbing, skiing and other mountainous fun. It was perfect for me and I still dream of one day owning a cozy chalet perched in-between snowy peaks just like this one near beautiful Matterhorn (one of my favourite peaks!) in Switzerland..

I once stayed as a guest in a privately owned castle in this area of Switzerland. My host and his family had held their beautiful grand home & grounds for many generations. Suffice to say it was a real privilege to be able to experience their warm hospitality in such a unique and exclusive setting. George, if you read this. Thanks again - that was such a fun Easter break! Good memories.x
During that same trip I also skied the Matterhorn, and though I have swooped down the pistes (and off-pistes!) of many famous places in the Alps I would probably rate this one as one of my favourite skiing destinations (after Chamonix, Avoriaz and the Mount Blanc slopes in Val d'Aosta).

House tour images via Inside Home Page


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Happy hugs from a sunny & glistening Sydney.

xx Charlotta


A long row of hearts and big thank you hugs to Linda!
You rock darling!


LINDA from OEKE said...

You REALLY lived on a mountain like this .. oh my, too exciting. This rustic home is made even more amazing by that window in the bedroom .. imagine sleeping there - with that view .. *sigh* indeed (-:

Stacey said...

Awww, for some reason this post has a cooling effect on me. It was almost 100 degrees today and although i'm a summer girl, this wintry post is exactly what i needed:-). Beautiful scenery/vista too! I could definitely feel at home here! XX

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Fun to read a winter-inspired post during the warmer months over on UK shores, but much needed because I do enjoy some cosy, snow-related inspiration at any time of the year. I'd like to bunk up in here for a few weeks holiday for sure!

It's me said...

What a beautiful place to

Stacey said...

Hi sweet friend,
Thanks for entering my giveaway and yes i'm on fb. It's probably easier for me to find you though because of my privacy settings. Hope you're having a wonderful day! XX

anna k. said...

Här skulle jag gärna tillbringa några veckor! MEN nu får man passa på att njuta av den så kallade sommaren :) Ha en fin midsommar!

marzia said...

We just live on the other side of Matterhorn (Zermatt) not Valle d'Aosta but Piemonte Region (Alagna Monterosa ski).
Actually we can ski down to Zermatt through the glacier (Monte Rosa glacier) with heli-skiing and off piste skiing. Many Swedes and Norvwegians come to visit us every winter to experience this.
Like your give away

Design Elements said...

beyond wonderful to live on this place! love these images! thanks for your lovely comment today, Charlotta! virtual hugs to you

Julie-Ann said...

I can't ski - sadly I tried and was hopeless. But I love winter and the mountains. We went to Austria a couple of times when living in Belgium and I loved it. The chalet is so gorgeous. If you move to a chalet like that in the mountains can we all come to visit??? Lol.

Anonymous said...

Hej !
Det låter så mysigt med din tillhörighet :) Och du får mig (nästan) att längta efter snö.

Trevlig Midsommar ! Om du firar det ?

Anci (The Lighthouse)

Casa Très Chic said...

Hi, Charlotta!
You certainly know what you want for your life. Excellent choice and taste, I'm sure you'll own a cozy chalet perched in-between snowy peaks.
Have a peaceful weekend.
Hugs from Brasil.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh wow how wonderful. Lucky girl! Looks so beautiful.

Thank you so much for the notes. I wish you lots of good things for your upcoming departure. You do get around don't you :)

yes, the house is all finished except the landscaping, takes a while.

Hugs DJ

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

Your history never ceases to amaze me and also add another point to your "coolness" in my book :) XO, Kelly

Charlotta Ward said...

Hi guys and thank you for your comments.
I adore skiing and can't wait to be able to take it up regularly again. It's been 12 years since I was able to live that dream..!

Marzia - how great to 'see' you. I'll pop over soon. Have missed you. x

Tereza - yes, my dreams are pretty defined.. :) I just love the mountains!

DJ - hi darling. Yes, it's been a nomadic life for sure. The way I like it.. :) x

Hugs to all

xx C

Stuart said...

Love all the images in this post :) So natural and beautiful.

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