Sunday, March 20, 2016

Carmel-by-the-Sea Tor House and Hugh Comstock

A couple of weeks ago we made reservations to tour the Tor House again in Carmel. Tours are only Friday and Saturday and it turned out to be a day forecast to be raining but that doesn't stop us.

The drive over Pacheco pass was dramatic with clouds and rain.

Here are just a few of the scenes of our day trip to Carmel.

As we stepped out of the car there before me by the Hog's Breath Inn was a bed of succulents, all dappled with rain.

The Tor House grounds seem to be always windy, turned my hair into spikes! Hubby and I are fascinated with architecture and stories of how they were built. Hawk Tower behind us was hand built by one man over a period of several years.

Our trip was to explore more of the quaint architecture that has made Carmel so famous. Hansel, build by Hugh Comstock for his wife Mayotta's Otsy Totsy dolls, makes my heart pitter-patter.

Even the trees seem magical, looks like a giant's hand with scrapes and warts.

The skies were blue for a while, here we were near the beach.

The sea-lavender, or statice flowers, grow so well in Carmel, love the way they stand in this arrangement by a shop.

This is Storybook Cottage, another Hugh Comstock house.

Vines, hedges and the fireplace frame the window and shutter with the heart cut out.

Charming gates and fences are so beckoning.

By the end of the day it was getting cooler and we took one last drive to watch and listen to the power of the sea.