We toured the
Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain tall ships with Francine, Rebecca & Aaron. It was fun to learn they would be here during our visit.
The next day we ambled through some antique shops, and then took the ferry to Seattle to visit Pat, Nga and the boys.
A photo of the Southworth ferry (manipulated with the
They have a beautiful new home in seattle with a view of the Sound. Another pic, manipulated with the
Prisma app that I so enjoy playing with.
Will helped Monte hang their dartboard. And the throwing ensued.
We walked around the neighborhood garage sales, and all the beautiful yards.
Then blackberry picking…
Then we made a wonderful seafood dinner. I sautéed some Manila clams. They were eaten so fast I only got an after photo…
Pat grilled salmon and it was perfect!
Nick and I put together Lego dinosaurs after dinner – well, I helped. 🙂
Julie came over today with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, and whipped up a delicious brunch.
What a sweetie. 🙂
The first batch this year from the garden. So pretty!
One last photo of the Christmas tree before I take down all the lights and decorations. Oh, have I mentioned that I love tulips?
One of the bluebonnets that bloomed in our front yard this spring is all white. 🙂
A macro view of the nectar oozing out of some lilies that I brought home the other day. If I was a bee I’d be pretty excited about it. 🙂
Sooo, in the process of googling what that part of the lily is, I found waaaay too much information. But I’ll summarize by saying that I believe the central prong-like thing sticking out is the pistil, and the end of it is its lady-part, called the stigma, and the nectar it is oozing is there to catch bits of pollen from the worker bees as they fly in and out. There you go – botany lesson of the day.
This is one of the latest zinnias from the garden. A vibrant, pink-salmon-fuschia color – this shot has not been retouched aside from cropping it. The color is just amazing.
We checked out trees at a nearby nursery. They didn’t have many, but I found the mums mesmerizing.
Then we stopped by the beer garden at
Austin Beer Works brewery and enjoyed a couple pints and some trailer-fare for dinner.
With temps still in the 90s, it’s hard to imagine a chill in the air. But that, too, shall come.
I happened upon these beauties while running an errand after work yesterday. Just have to share…
We enjoyed a lovely night on the hook. We cooked up some grilled red peppers, chicken poblano sausages and rice.
We’re spoiled now…used our phone as a wireless hotspot and then streamed shows off of amazon prime on TV down below until we both fell asleep. Not exactly roughing it. 🙂
This morning I paddled for quite a while then went ashore to scrub 6 months of gunk from the bottom of the kayak. I also checked on some geocaches I’d hidden nearby. All good.
Tonight Kurt will join us for another night in the cove. An almost full moon should light things up.
I got a bit of a late start, but I finally tended to my fenceline flowerbed. Plumbago, liriope, red salvia, autumn sage, gaillardia, may night salvia, tickseed, geranium, flowering sage, and a couple white annuals.
I’m looking forward to some color!
Monte brought home these lovely yellow tulips yesterday. So, Spring arrived early for us. They are so pretty!
I love fresh flowers in the house. I picked up a bouquet of pretty hydrangea and mums … trying to hang in there til spring arrives.