Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Keeping Up Appearances



Oh My Gosh.
I have fallen off the map lately.
My apologies to my bloggy friends for my absence. I'm still here.
So let's see....where was I???

San Clemente longboard surfers circa 1940's
Not too long ago I decided to channel my inner Hyacinth Bucket and take my poor hapless Richard, I mean, JON on a day trip up the coast to a nearby Stately Home.
I got all dressed up in my favorite Anthropologie polka dots, assumed my bossiest persona, forced the dog and the husband into the car and set off up the coast to Casa Romantica in San Clemente, California.
the main hall
Well, it turns out that Casa Romantica is not so much a stately home as a lovely old, rather large stucco house that was built in the 1920's.
My camera battery died not long after we arrived but I still managed a few shots.
The tile work blew my mind.
So here I present to you: TILE.




The view of the Pacific from the main house was indeed Romantica.
This is a painting on tile of the Grumpy Old Matriarch of the Casa.
Or perhaps this is the Queen Grump?
In my defense, I was trying to look coy. But I've discovered that as I age, what used to be a sexy sultry look now translates as "Get Off My Lawn!"

cliché Instagram toe photo of street tile depicting Casa Romantica

So, Kids, where have your feet been lately??




44 comments:

  1. I love the mosaic tiles, Connie, and you look radiant! I laughed when you mentioned Hyacinth Bucket. If I am not mistaken I have a video of her on an upcoming post. She always makes me laugh. :)

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    1. Oh gosh. I can't wait. We all love Hyacinth...and you!

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  2. Hi Connie, you are looking great! It's nice that you are touring around. The tiles here look so pretty. The coastline looks so refreshing.

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    1. Well I'm not getting around as much as you are but I try.

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  3. Ha! Get of my lawn...you are funny and dead right! I don't think I can look coy anymore; it just looks like I want to punch someone's lights out!

    What a lovely place and a completely different idea of a stately home. We're used to draughty mock castles and dark old piles in the UK. Love the tiles and the portrait. I might start a new line in grumpy lady portraits.
    We should all take our inner Hyacinth out and about I say. Maybe leave the inner Rose at home though...xx

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    1. Grumpy lady portraits. What an excellent idea. We can crack open a beer with Onslow to celebrate.

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  4. Wow what amazing tile work, was that a fountain? Camera batteries just no when to die don't they. What a grand view of the ocean from the house, perfection I'de say. Well where have I been lately, well no where out of town so maybe that means I am due to go for a drive soon.

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    1. You are certainly all over the place and then back home to your adorable critters.

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  5. This looks like such an amazing place to visit...wow. I love the view! Breathtaking.

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    1. Oh yes. The view is amazing. I just wish that my camera would have held out to capture the 1920's era bathrooms. They were equally breathtaking.

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  6. What a beautiful place! I love the tiles and the view over the water x

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    1. An ocean view really is a beautiful thing.

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  7. I'm so happy you were able to force your family to get out and enjoy a mini getaway.

    I love your polkadot top and your alluring, come over here before I slit your throat look. I always have that look when my husband takes my photos. Thus I usually use my tripod.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Ha ha. You could tell that it was my husband that took the photo. The look of resignation on my face says it all.

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  8. Hello stranger! Good to see you.
    I could easily live in Romantica, I love an encaustic tile and a fancy water feature, not to mention a grumpy matriarch.
    You do look very come hither, the polka dots are fabulous. xxx

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    1. I could absolutely see you swanning around that house in one of your fabulous maxis.

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  9. Your Tile presentation is exemplary! And I love how you hijacked the family to force them to have fun and romance. You DO look come thither, although these tend to me interpreted more and more based on context. Here is it on a soft "lounger," in the lawn it's next to a loud lawn mower. See? So great to see you!!!

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    1. Please let me know if you have a chance to watch "Keeping Up Appearances." It is snort laugh funny.

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  10. Hello Hyacinth!!! LOVE your 'Keep off my lawn look!' that is classic!!! Brilliant. The tiles look utterly dreamy! I really want pretty patterned tiles in the house that I eventually buy!!! So gorgeouss!!!!! The pretty spotty dress is perfect too!! Glad you 'pulled your tooth out!"xx

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    1. Yes. It is rather difficult to get me off of my bum!

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  11. I least I see you on IG!!! I love he gorgeous tile. I can't look coy. Whenever I try I look ridiculous!

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  12. IG is just so darn easy. I love seeing you there, too!

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  13. Well hello Connie!!
    Ahh Hyacinth (did you know our first flock of hens were named after the sisters?)- and those tiles - and you! Nice to see you.

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    1. Ha ha. PERFECT names for chickens! Well done!

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  14. that house!!!!! swoon......
    you look like the elegant, artsy owner - but like a sweet one - not grumpy :-)
    at the moment i run around in our neck of the woods with a pair of friends from austria - showing them all the beauty off of the tourist-highways. pictures will follow.
    big hugs dear connie! xxxxxxx

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    1. You are the best tour guide! I can't wait!

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  15. Whoa, that's a whole hell of a lot of California pottery goin' on in that tile! You know how obsessed I am with the stuff-and now you have me thinking about collecting tile too! I could use an ornate fountain in front of the house.

    We had a tiled foyer growing up-I lived in fear of dropping something on my mother's precious imported Italian tiles!

    I think you should insist your family have your portrait done in tile.

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  16. Whoa, that's a whole hell of a lot of California pottery goin' on in that tile! You know how obsessed I am with the stuff-and now you have me thinking about collecting tile too! I could use an ornate fountain in front of the house.

    We had a tiled foyer growing up-I lived in fear of dropping something on my mother's precious imported Italian tiles!

    I think you should insist your family have your portrait done in tile.

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    1. That is such an excellent idea. I can always count on you, Goodie. XXOO

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  17. "Get off my lawn."

    OMG, I love this. Sexy, sultry, SIXTY!!! Who rule the world? Geezer Girlz!

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  18. I present to you, tile, and then get off my lawn. So funny, Connie. I think your come hither look is pretty good, as it goes. At least you don't look drunk or cross-eyed, which is how I imagine it might turn out if I tried it. Rather love this stately home. I love a day out somewhere new, so thanks for the trip. I refuse to believe that you are in the slightest bit Hyacinth Bucket, although I'd love to see a bossy impression or maybe hear your phone voice. Lady of the house speaking! Xxx

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    1. My husband has a very bad sense of direction but he always insists upon driving so I'm afraid I am rather Hyacinthy as I bark driving directions at him.

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  19. No- I see that expression, as "My lawn is So Nice, so very very nice, now do I want you on my lawn on not? Hmm. Okay. Now there better not be ticks on my lawn or mosquitos, drat that Zika virus, where is my chilled wine. OH look at that view... Oh here is my wine,at last, Rosé perfectly chilled..
    Love the gorgeous house, the view is something to relish over and over, and your expression, well, it could be interpreted many ways.
    Needless to say you reign and you rock; Reign and rock Madame Connie!
    Yes, those pillars and tiles, my eyes are glad!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. Hey. You read my mind. Guess what? There are very few human bothering bugs in California. I know. It's crazy!

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  20. Hahaha!! I think you still look coy :)

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  21. What an exciting adventure! Love your Keeping Up Appearances reference. That is one of the most enjoyable British sitcoms ever, in my books.

    Thank you very much for taking us along on your delightful road trip.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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  22. Great tile shots! My sexy face has transmogrified into wierd/grumpy/old now and can only get away with smiling as it helps to hold all the wrinkles and bags up and stops me looking too scary! Are those people or seals in the sea? My eyesight is failing me too, ugh. I did in fact write eyeshite which is probably a much better description of what's going on x
    Anna

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  23. The view of the Pacific! Lovely, forgot to mention it.
    My feet have been happily in Manhattan, teetering in heels yesterday, and striding briskly along in platforms the rest of the time! ( My sneakers make my feet smell, TMI- I know, the ones that do not, take too much time to put on.. see more TMI. :)
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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  24. Those tiles are gorgeous. I sighed a sigh of recognition at your comment about your Sexy sultry face now translating to a resting bitch face.

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