Just back from three glorious days at the cabin

June 5, 2013

One of the glorious things about living in the great North West is…well…the great North West!
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About 200 km away from the door of my house, past Whistler, thru the Pemberton Valley, past lakes and over rivers is mile 120 on the rail road and that is the location of my cabin.
It’s heaven there.

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We bought the cabin when Jonathan and Kerstin were 12 and 10 and Chloe was just a few days old so this means we’ve had it for 21 years.
The view out is to the west, over a lake, meadow, river and up to these two beautiful mountains. That’s Gates Mountain on the left with the Birken glacier and Birkenhead Mountain on the right.

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The lake is really a pond, but it was called lake before we bought the cabin and tradition prevails. Over the years two rafts have been built and a Tarzan swing, river otters call it home for the winter and all sorts of water fowl stop over for the night.


The inside is full of vintage and family collectibles. This old scale holds coins that the children have squashed on the train tracks.

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There is a medicine cabinet on the wall that holds strange treasures, like: my late aunt’s silly doll, a photo of my grandfather camping, owl feathers, a dried bat, bugs and dragonflies, silver ore and Chloe’s baby rattle.

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The cabin is very rustic and has well loved vintage furniture and a new wood stove to replace the smoky old one.


Here is a little remembrance to my tea cup gals. There is no elecricity at the cabin and no phone or internet, so I’ve missed you all this week, but thought about you all. 🙂

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My tea set at the cabin is Royal Doulton stone ware in a pattern called Africa. It is the richest most beautiful brown hue I’ve ever seen.

tea cups

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First thing I do when I open the cabin is take the hammock outside. It gets almost constant use. The wind chime was custom made by C and K from scrap iron found on the railroad tracks.


This is a little guest cottage called Odds and Ends. It is built from an old trailer used by the work gangs who built the railroad thru to Lillooet.

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I’m very interested in gardening and so try to grow as many wildflowers as I can up there. This time of the year there are so many beautiful flowers and each time we get to the cabin, winter or summer, we try to find flowers or greenery or something lovely to decorate the cabin with. Then, I just can’t resist and end up taking a great big bunch home.


Now I’m back in Vancouver and planning the next visit. 🙂

Good bye ugly, ugly photinia hedge!
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  • Reply Carol Early Cooney June 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Great photos! Thank you.

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

      HI Carol, thank you for popping by 🙂 I love seeing your name in the comments. 🙂

  • Reply Diane June 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    It’s perfect! May I put in my reservation for the hammock as soon as everyone else is done with it, please?

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Hi Diane, If you’re over then you will get the first dibs on the hammock! You and hubby. 🙂 And I’ll let you sleep as long as you like. 🙂

  • Reply michellepond June 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing this space with us. I think you have the perfect tea set for a cabin.

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Hi Michelle. It is the perfect set, isn’t it? I’m slowly trying to collect a whole service but it’s a bit harder to come by now. 🙂

  • Reply Becca June 6, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Fantastic! I think I’ll dream about the hammock and the view tonight. 😉

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Hi Becca, Hope you have very sweet dreams. I always sleep much better at the cabin…even with a 2am train 50 ft away. 🙂

  • Reply daryledelstein June 6, 2013 at 5:21 am

    what a fabulous place to get away from it all .. a huge contrast to my daily sights/sounds … and i would kill for the Africa dinnerware

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Hi Daryl, mine too! Vancouver isn’t as big as New York, but it is a city, Oxford is bigger though I live in the country there and British country can be extremely quiet. I’m trying to collect the whole service but it’s getting rare as hen’s teeth here! 🙂

  • Reply Lavender Cottage June 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

    What a place to get away from it all! Who would miss a computer, TV etc. when you could live this close with nature. I enjoyed seeing your cabin in the woods Veronica, and think it was sweet of you to put together a tea tray to remember your tea friends.
    We had a couple of days without rain but are back in this weather pattern again – plus it’s cool out!

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Oh no Judith. I hope you get your sun back soon! 🙂

  • Reply cecilia June 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    gorgeous gorgeous, glorious pictures.. c

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      🙂 Celi, thank you 🙂

      • Reply cecilia June 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Oh you are so welcome, your work is splendid and it was lovely to see where you go, I used to go up to whistler when I worked in vancouver, and you are over and beyond! beautiful.. c

  • Reply Maria Andrade June 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Oh Veronica, what an amazing place! It reminds me of old movies like “The Deer Hunter”, the wild west, the Gold Rush, a kind of mythical world that is so far away from me… I loved the atmosphere both inside and outside the cabin.
    Thanks for sharing it all wit beautiful photos.

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Maria, Thank you so much. Robert calls it the wild west outpost (as compared to civilized Britain) 🙂

  • Reply Terri June 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Hello Veronica.
    What a lovely place for a family retreat. It must be such a relief to get somewhere electronics don’t work. The pictures of your views are amazing. I am thrilled for you that you have had this constant in your life.
    Your Africa tea set is wonderful too. I can imagine the lovely brown it is.
    Glad you had such a fine visit.

    • Reply Veronica June 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Terri, thank you so much for hosting and letting me link up so late. 🙂

  • Reply iris June 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    un coin bien tranquille pour se reposer et se détendre
    l’odeur des pins :::
    et ce bouquet de fleurs sauvages est splendide
    les couleurs vont bien ensemble (orange , bleu , blanc )
    bonne journée
    j’ai un peu de mal à traduire la page !!!!!
    edith ( France )

    • Reply Veronica June 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Hi Edith. Thank you so much. It is lovely there and the wildflowers are spectacular. We both make each other practice our languages, don’t we? 🙂 bises.

  • Reply rosarita June 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Bellissime foto.

    • Reply Veronica June 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thank you so much Rosarita. 🙂

  • Reply Sarav June 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Wow!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous–how lovely to turn off the noise for a few days and just enjoy the peace of the wilderness. No electricity really makes you live by your natural rhythms–mmm contentment. 🙂

    • Reply Veronica June 7, 2013 at 9:10 am

      That’s it Sara. The turning off the noise is the best feeling. That, and also, not being able to be found! 🙂

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