Are We Walking to Alaska

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Come, Sit Awhile on Our Deck

I'd love to share our deck with you, my friends.  It is such a lovely and peaceful place.  I spend a lot of time on the deck during our wonderful Washington summers.

 The flowers are blooming
The chairs and lounges are welcoming - take your pick
Looking at the flowers through the lounge looks like a painting 
Let's have a glass of iced tea and a cookie - always so good on a summer day.  There is nothing like summer in Washington - warm days, cool evenings, rarely does the temperature get up to 80 and the sun shines day after day and the sky is the brightest blue.  It may be the most perfect summer anywhere.
 My first great success with Purple Allium - blooming and going to seed - each stage beautiful
 And two elves to add their sweet cheer, meet Tammson and Pirphal - they love to have visitors on the deck.
Our son-in-law and grandson Jahn doing the main building of the deck, 2011.  Grandson Ben and his bubbles, 2013. Grandson Donnie visiting from West Virginia, 2012
 There are trees so near the end of the deck we can almost reach out and touch them.  Sometimes they whisper in the breeze.
Newly finished - ready for summer enjoyment.
Along the railing on the ramp I hung painted driftwood.
 You'd enjoy the sweet honey scent of the flowers
 Tammson and Pirphal love LadyBugs and named their stone pet Dottie.  If it gets dark they will be happy to light the lantern for you.

Meadow Sweet - I got this plant at a library sale in Deming.
 There are more fun things to do on the deck - garden tools wait for some gardening to do - and wind chimes tinkle in the wind, casting delightful shadows in the afternoon sun, and a vintage croquet set for a rousing game on the lawn.

A rake with a broken handle makes a perfect hanger for hand tools.
 This old crow watches over the birdbath and flowers - he has to hop about, as one foot has gone missing.

Trees rustle in the breeze and give us lovely shade.

 More flowers blooming - violas that popped up from last year, a pot full of Sea Pinks, Geraniums with Meadow Sweet and Nasturtiums, leafing out and ready to bloom.
A little fountain near the lilac bush sings a happy song, especially when hummingbirds come to visit.
 The Marigolds have such a fabulous scent - bringing us memories of the gardens in California when our kids were growing up.
We loved to pick bouquets (1972) - our flower children
Fuchsia buds ready to pop open!
 Another crow protects the bird feeders - is he really protecting them, or waiting to sample when no one is watching?  Crows are very clever you know.

We'll chat and drink iced tea - listen to the birds and feel the sweetness of summer.  It is a wonderful deck - thanks for stopping by.  Come again.

Tuesday's Treasures

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Siege of Herons

That's what you call a bunch of herons - a Siege - and did we ever see "bunch" of Great Blue Herons.  The shallow waters of Padilla Bay are perfect feeding grounds and we were lucky enough to see amazing sights.  We had been looking for the Pelicans - we did find them, but they were so far out in the bay on a tiny island - and that made getting photos of them difficult.  But herons - did we ever see the herons.

 We were on a small bluff above the bay - they came in quickly.

 The one in the top right corner just plunged its head in to catch a fish.

 A Bald Eagle flew over - they were quick to take flight.  I didn't realize that eagles would frighten such a large bird as a heron.

It was a marvelous experience - next time - more dancing and flying and even a bit of a spat.

These photos are for you Karen - hopefully you will sometime soon get to see many herons.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Old Barns - Lynden, WA

Not all the barns around Lynden, WA are well kept - but the apple trees on this farm are pruned and ready for apples.

A new roof and one side painted - in fairly good condition.
The original small barn and a newer improved one - but both have seen better days.
The oldest one is beginning to bulge  and bend.

Sagging and old

Bundles of long stakes for the nearby raspberry fields.  Many older farms have been converted to growing raspberries.
Shiny new roof and pretty white fence.
Hidden in the woods, an old shed.

Looking across the fields to a favorite farm with an old yellow barn.
Very friendly old yellow barn
Two old barns that I had never noticed before - perhaps the trees completely hide them in the summer.

No barn left - just the hay field and the old silo.