Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Late last night I was up reading my favorite blogs and clicked on to Two Graces Taos.  I think you will enjoy it if you like soulful reading.  Robert took this occasion for a Q&A concerning the Rancho de Taos Mission Church
I have been coming to Taos since I was a young girl and we try to go at least once a year.  I used to like to ski the challenging slopes, and then I liked to shop and now I like to just go there and be.

Always try to visit the church to peek in and say a little smells like wood
very very old wood

I have evolved, or perhaps I have mellowed into the surroundings of the mountain.  Legend says that either the mountain likes you or it doesn't.  If it does you stay, if it doesn't you go.  

I have told my loved ones, this is where I want my ashes spread.  Until then...I will be there as often as I can.  I love each season.  The smell of burning pinion in the winter, the fall aspens, the spring flowers or the piercing blue sky in the summer.

If you have never been, let me take you on my road

The drive from my house is a little less than 5 of the most relaxing and beautiful to one of the most coveted destinations.  I am lucky!

between Clayton and Springer there is nearly 2 hours of this
I have always been in awe of this buffalo's doesn't even look real but I assure you it is from my very own camera several years ago.

you know you are getting close when you see the Palisades

In town...all adobe's the code for building

and on past...the mountains..sage and beauty...usually snow topped even in summer

but in between
art, history, music, dining and most of all

probably one of my favorite gifts B ever bought me while there

I do love to shop..these are some of my favorites...I know they are meaningful to me because they are in my house and not in my garage packed away
Many of them are in my chapel
because so many are santos

We bought these at Two Graces on a trip a few years ago..I have moved them all over 822 and they are draped with vintage rosaries and vintage jewelry
always art in some form..this is near my wine cabinet

The  Church at Abiquiu...where Georgia O'Keefe spent a lot of time at the Ghost Ranch

 Pasqual Patron Saint of Cooking 
sits on our woodfire oven.  
He often holds a marigold in his dish

Every trip I am seduced by something and B always says "I can make that"
this time he did

Milagros are religious folk charms traditionally used for healing purposes.  B made this for's a very large rosary covered with of late I have been needing to be healed from some bad drives and short putts...Taos has a wonderful golf course!  Maybe I should hang it from the cart..that makes me laugh.

a kiss at the state line...coming or going?  BOTH!

Thanks for the post Robert...I do believe I will be headed your way very very soon!

The Land of Enchantment


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina:
Hello Gina:
We absolutely love all these religious pieces that you have. Indeed, our one wish has always been to have a private chapel in the house. You would have a definite head's start!

A five hour drive is quite something, we feel, but what wonderful scenery en route and such an interesting destination.

Stacy Curran said...

Wow, it looks amazing and peaceful there. You're lucky to live close enough to visit!

Karena said...

Gina How spiritual and meaningful a journey. I also love Georgia O'Keeffe and her history in the area!

I hope you will Come and enter my amazing Cross Bottle Guy Giveaway from Artie !You will love it!

Art by Karena

vignette design said...

Hi Gina,
I just read your lovely comment about my daughter Ashley's wedding. Congratulations to you too for all the weddings in your family. Ashley and her new husband have been living in Taos, but came home to California to get married. They call Taos their home, but are really just a pair of vagabonds! They will eventually go back, but for now are traveling. She normally works at the Old Taos Inn and he is involved in Earthship Biotecture. As you could probably tell from the photos, they are free spirits. Just wanted to say thanks again for your lovely comment. ~Delores