Wow, all of a sudden 6 weeks have passed and it's time to say goodbye once again!
Although we didn't quite get everything done, we accomplished almost all 'projects' on Esther's to-do-list.
The yard looks great, we created a beautiful raised vegetable garden and the kitchen looks like new!!
This past week James worked hard to get all the irrigation/drip systems in and I have been finessing and edging the flower borders.
The weather underwent a major change for the better and the last couple of days we had abundant sunshine although the wind was still a little chilly.
The warmer weather enticed this Japanese cherry tree to flower while the 'Rhodies' in the yard are still ablaze with color and a few of them even still have to come!
On Thursday we took a break and drove to Seattle where James met with his old room-mate Steven from the days that they were both studying at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. These guys hadn't seen each other in 30 years!
They had a good time 'remembering when' and I learned some 'history' of James that he hadn't told me before!
Life certainly is full of unexpected twists and turns and all kinds of interesting surprises. Steven now lives in Tacoma, is a Pottery Artist and has 4 kids!
|Older, wiser (?), balder and grey-er!!|
Since we were 'in town' we decided to do some sight seeing and visited the Elliot Bay Waterfront Park at Pikes Place Market.
The latter is a lively and colorful public market, the oldest continually operating farmers market in the United States, founded in 1907.
The market offers fresh produce, unique foods and handmade arts and crafts and there's all kinds of delicious food to be sampled.
We fell for a great crab and cheese sandwich and shared a delicious pineapple bread pudding for desert!
On Mothers Day we visited the Plant and Bake Sale at 'Casa', the local animal shelter, and had a couple of 'Hot dogs' in the parking lot. We visited the animals in the shelter afterwards and managed not to take any of them home. Boy, it's so hard when they look at you with those pleading eyes! One of the dogs, a little Pomeranian mix called Dakota was so cute, I almost went back for her but we decided a while ago not to take another dog again and I walked out before I could change my mind.
Since the weather was so great we decided to have our first 'el fresco' dinner of the season out in the yard. The fish taco's that I made came out quite good and were a perfect ending for this sunny day.
Friday evening we finally got to go and play some golf at the local golf course! We had payed a visit already a couple of weeks ago and found their 'twilight prices' very reasonable, $10 after 5 pm but the weather just hadn't cooperated until now.
We played 9 holes and had a great time. Our game was lousy (nothing new there) and they had upped their prices to the summer rates just that day ($12) but the evening weather was warm and beautiful and we had the course almost to ourselves.
The pics are not to good since they were made with James phone. Won't you believe it, we forgot the darn camera again!
Last but not least I forgot to mention last week that I got a few unexpected presents for my birthday!
One was a bunch of spinning roving from Mary, one of Esther's neighbours a little farther down the road.
Her (danish) husband Olaf whom I had met while walking the dog with the 'Walkers' had told me that his wife Mary owned 7 spinning wheels!
The next day, the 25th, he invited me to come over for coffee and talk 'fiber' with Mary. James decided to come with me and we spent a great morning talking about Alaska where they had been a couple of years ago. A tour of the house brought us to each of their 'hide-aways' in the basement.
Mary has a beautiful yarn-studio in one half and Olaf has his tool-shop in the other.
When we left Mary gave me a whole bunch of beautiful Romney (that's a sheep breed) and Leicester (another one) roving!
Wow, what a nice (one-day-early) birthday present!
And with the mail came my other surprise present!
Anouk, my niece, had sent me a Muppet puppet. Now, I have learned since that The Muppets aren't as well known in the States as they are in Europe. Here they have heard of miss Piggy and Kermit through the movie but they don't know the television show like the one that would come on weekly in Europe.
This is one of the characters in the show. Like I said, his name is Animal and he is the rather 'wild' drummer in a rock band. So wild that they have to keep him chained up otherwise he creates chaos wherever he goes!
Anyways, as you can see he has made himself rather at home here and Sadie thinks he's very funny too!
Well, that's all for now folks! Tomorrow we'll take off for our adventure through Canada and hopefully we'll arrive in Denali, Alaska in about a day or 10-12.
I don't know if I will be able to post on the road but otherwise I'll be back around the 1st of June!!