Dreams of Giverny!

“My heart is forever in Giverny.” ~ Monet


“What could be said about me…a man to whom only his painting matters? And of course his
garden and his flowers as well.” ~ Monet

These photos were taken at Orchard Hill Country Inn in Julian California in June 2013.

107 thoughts on “Dreams of Giverny!

    1. I love your photos of Giverny! So beautiful. Did you know Monet had an unhappy childhood, was prone to depression, and turned to gardening as a remedy? Interesting what people can do with adversity. Cheers to you Rebecca~

      1. The most heartbreaking quote was when Claude Monet said, “My life has been nothing but a failure, and all that’s left for me to do is to destroy my paintings before I disappear.”

    2. Yes! Oh, I missed this response from you. The man whose paintings make everyone relax, found peace only sporadically, in his garden, not his paintings. His was tortured by his complusion to paint. What a confounding world.

  1. The pictures do the garden justice! As beautiful as the garden was and all the casement windows opening out, Monet hung only Japanese drawings and paintings in this home! Such a lovely day……Namaste. . .. Anne

    1. Yes!! I have so much Asian Art. I gravitate towards it naturally and my grandfather collected it. When you think of how much Japanese art depicts flowers, nature, gardens, birds, koi, it all makes perfect sense. Thank you for noticing and commenting~

  2. This is photographic Monet–all the way. I swear, the lily pads look like swirls of oil!! And Julian, CA–is that the “apple cider” place, down SD way (ish)…? I’ve been there! On a date with a fellow named “JR” (from Dallas, haha)…anyway. ‘Hadn’t thought of him in years!! 🙂

  3. Monet was what I thought of, since I think someone mentioned that Master for some of your other photos. Somehow I don’t think you’ll find an otter in those waters…
    I thought it strange to find an otter in my creek. To quick for photos. But I thin he is comfortable living amid the willow roots that tap into the creek and stick out of the creek bank.

    Thanks for your vistis.

    1. Yes. He was so proud of it. When he bought it there was only shrubs and an outbuilding. He created his own personal paradise. He was prone to depression and found happiness in his garden. Interesting that most of the poetry written about flowers is written by males~

    1. Oh I hope so. He was such a harsh critic of himself. He turned to gardening and painting due to unhappiness that plagued him starting in childhood. His paintings bring us such peace, but both tormented and comforted him. He said, “I am very depressed and deeply disgusted with painting. It is really a continual torture.” (Claude Monet)
      Hard to grasp, but then, how many geniuses are (were) tortured?
      He wasn’t any easier on Manet or Renior. He thought Renior was a hack!

  4. As I get older and “Try to look after my Garden” and I am thinking of adding a small pool with a rockery above it with water trickling down “I have the plans in my mind” lol
    I notice I am starting to like blogs this more often..

    X x

      1. ha ha ,,,On my main room window, on the window outside, we have 3 massive “empty” concrete box things.. lol.
        They are for planting flower (You can tell I am not a Gardner yeah) 🙂
        So I keep mean to ask a friend who is a Gardner to come over and plant stuff…
        As they are just 3 big empty concrete things…

        You may have inspired me to do it quicker..
        Saying that with the heat here in the UK and everyone dying and roads melting, I may leave it till next year 🙂


  5. My instant thought was of Monet’s “Water Lilies”, Cindy. These photos are wonderful reminders of his art. Monet is one of my favorites, closely followed by Renoir, and Rembrandt. …and my cuz who takes beautiful photos.

    1. You and your wife might want to pop into Orchard Hill Country Inn since you are fellow San Diegans with an itch to travel. We have been going every year for about 10 years! Are you still thinking of retiring to Santa Fe? We looked at houses all over and I still remember how beautiful they were~

  6. Hi, Cindy–Really lovely. The top photo blew me away. Had to look for a moment to make sure I wasn’t looking on some hyper-realist painting. Very nice. Ken

  7. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    Hi Cindy , these are breathtaking paintings.Monet was unique painter.Beauty of dream land .Utopia were purity exists .Thank you for liking my post (Accolades…..) .Cheers.jalal

  8. My post of today was on a painting I got in Giverny!! So awesome to see your post on this lovely place! Thank you for having looked through my posts, I feel so honoured that someone who writes excellently as you can like mine! 🙂

  9. Liebste Cindy einen schönen Abend wünsche ich dir,sind wieder in Köln und es hat kräftig geregnet sind froh wieder hier zu sein.Sei ganz lieb gegrüßt Klaus

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