Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Friday, May 18, 2018

Two New-To-Me Birds

Today was exciting at our feeder.   
 Besides the wonderful regulars of Red Breasted Nuthatches, two kinds of Chickadees and Juncos, a new visitor was a Black Headed Grosbeak, a new bird for my list.
 He came back often and posed for me.  These shots are taken from my living room chair, which is across the room from the feeder, and the feeder is out on the lawn, with the deck in between the feeder and the house.  I have the planters arranged on the railings so I can see the feeder tree from my chair - that way I don't frighten the birds by getting up to stand by the window when they land on the feeder.

 They can sure get in the strangest poses while trying to find the best tidbits in the feeder.

 He was back many times during the day
 The female came too - but not as often

 And some other birds we saw on a recent drive through the country.  The middle one is a Savannah Sparrow, a new one for me.  I've seen roosters and turkeys before.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Favorite Mosaics

Today I thought I'd show you some of my favorite mosaics - here we go.

 Stellar's Jays, on our deck.

 Anna's Hummingbird
 Washington State Ferry, by day and by night -  during our vacation two years ago on Lopez Island.

 Abundant apple trees last year at Hovander Park near Ferndale, Washington
Great Blue Herons 

Mt. Baker and two barns 
 Herons, Pelicans, Goldfinches and Greater Yellowlegs shorebirds.
 Vacation cottage on Samish Island and abundant wisteria blossoms!

 A Bald Eagle in Birch Bay
 Summer time fun!  Birds, boats, trees and new crocheted dresses for my dolls.
 Spider webs on a foggy morning on Lopez Island
Vetch growing along fences beside country roads

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Stormy Day

Birch Bay is a shallow bay, sheltered by islands, and rarely has even much of a ripple on the water.  This trip up there a storm was moving in from the west and the waves were breaking on the beach.  A couple of seagulls were enjoying the weather.

 The wind was so strong that they had to lean into it to stay up on the rocks.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Tulip Fields

It is time for tulips in NW Washington State - millions of them are grown for market every year - some for cut flowers - most for bulbs.  So the viewing time is short - a few weeks ago there were no blooms - and this past week we drove down to see them and some of the fields had already been dead-headed, so the bulbs can grow strong and healthy for sales next year.  By this coming weekend I'm sure a lot more will be gone.
 Fields of every color you can imagine.
 The light was perfect, almost sunset, the evening we drove through the tulip fields
 Blankets of color
 Every year we see fields with yellow tulips with a few red ones.  These seem to be the only colors that we find mixed.  They don't plant tulips in the same fields two years in a row, so the red ones are not leftovers.  Not sure why it is just the yellow tulip fields that have stray ones here and there.

 So many shades of color!

 A tulip field in full bloom
 And after the flowers have been cut off and dropped into the pathways
And that day there was a lovely daytime moon.  The sky was so blue.  This was taken from our deck, Nikon COOLPIX P600 camera - with a tripod.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Table Settings

Between Naps on the Porch is celebrating 500 posts for Tablescape Thursdays - let's see what all the fun is about.  She has many posts that you can follow to see her beautiful tables over the past 10 years.   
I don't have as many - but would like to share some of  the tables I've set for family and friends gatherings.
 We'll start with spring - this was my birthday this year, in March.  The Desert Rose dishes were inherited from my granny.
 With a butterfly cake - baked by our grandson Ben, who is becoming a very good baker.  The butterfly tradition comes from when I was very young and my family still lived in California.  My  cousin Linda and I have birthdays 5 days apart (but she is a year older) and our grandma would bake a butterfly cake for our birthdays and we would each get one half of the cake for our celebration.  It was so sweet of Ben to carry on the tradition - and with my favorite apple cake, which was delicious!
 Easter brunch - another year.
 And yet another Easter Brunch/birthday celebration - three years ago.

Add some pink tulips and the whole theme changes.

We do love our Easter brunches!!
Summer is a perfect time for girls only luncheon, with fresh fruit, finger sandwiches and pretty flowers from the garden.   

Early summer is perfect for Pink Willow dishes for dinner 
 And a barbecue and picnic on the deck - with lots of yummy summer food.
 Cool green jadeite dishes with summer fruit.

 Lots of picnics and barbecues all summer long

 Breakfast with a red and white theme 

The last of summer picnics on the deck - lighthouses and sand pails - summer is just great!
 And then come autumn tables - with turkeys and leaves and pumpkins!!
 The settings change over the years - mixing and matching all the fun autumn dishes and decorations.

 A nice cup of tea and an apple tart on a blustery autumn day

Christmas Eve - two different years.  The holly dishes are perfect!

 And christmas - with the new christmas dishes - now a favorite!!!