Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Teapots for All Seasons

I love a good cup of tea - and I love teapots
 These teapots are in a hutch in the kitchen - when I am at the baking island this is my view - it is always cheery
 Sweet Bunny teapot - great for 
springtime tea parties
 Violets and pansies
 All the teapots are from thrift shops, antique malls or yard sales - except for the Desert Rose - which came from my Granny - Desert Rose was her everyday dishes for years and years.  Many of the teapots were gifts.
 I have several tea-for-one sets - this is one of my very favorites shhhh, don't tell the others that I said so.

 I have more teapots than will fit in that one hutch Red Transferware is nice for summer tea
      I have many seasonal themed teapots that only  come out during certain holidays. 
 Springtime tea
 Red Transferware is perfect for summer
 Autumn brings out the Sears Cattail teapot ,
it is 73 years old 
 And for christmas - Santa, Snowman 
and lots of holly
The holly teapot can be used on into winter,
long after christmas

A garden tea party 
Every teapot has special memories

Scarecrow and Pumpkin teapot 

for hearty Autumn tea -  won't you have a cup?
Tuesday Cuppa Tea 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Autumn Dinner

Let's set the table for an early autumn feast.
I found the tablecloth at Goodwill a few years ago - and two matching napkins.  

  I learned that their policy is to split things up - the tablecloth and a few napkins at one Goodwill, and ship the rest of the napkins to another Goodwill that is fairly close - our next closest one is about 20 miles away.  They think that if they do that (with flatware too and sets of glasses) that people will travel to the other Goodwills within 50 or 60 miles to find the matching items) - I don't think so!!! 
 I used cabbage plates and flower plates in Autumn colors on top of the white chargers - which have embossed fruit on the edges.

 The two different sets of individual pumpkin soup tureens were finds at yard sales.

 Don found the lidded pumpkin at a yard sale for 50 cents
 Since I didn't have enough of the napkins that matched the tablecloth, I used some leaf print ones that I made two years ago.
 Metal Crow napkin rings went around the bamboo flatware.

And yesterday we were at Goodwill and I found this darling pumpkin teapot - with the scarecrow handle.  It was 75% off - just couldn't resist.  It will be perfect for Thanksgiving too.

Collages are made on and

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Barns and Mountains

 A large farm, snuggled up against a hill - on the way to Sedro Woolley, WA
And then on to the flats and a fabulous view of Mt. Baker.  It was a dark, cloudy day - and with the dark background clouds a bright patch of sunlight appeared and lit the new snow on Mt. Baker - viewed from Skagit Valley.  The sun lasted only a few minutes and the mountain merged back into the clouds and was barely visible.  Our timing was perfect for the lit up mountain!
Turn to the southeast from that view - and here is another mountain - covered in the first snow of the year.  I don't know the name of this mountain - anyone local know it?  It too was lit briefly with sunshine. 
 And below - a farm shed and a green field of winter cover crop.
 Now - turning to the Southwest - and behold - the Olympic Mountain Range!!!!!!
 The Olympics are approximately 100 miles, as the crow flies, from Bellingham - and about 175 miles by road.  We rarely get such a clear view of them and it was thrilling to see them - along with the other mountains surrounding us.  Off to the south I could see the "mound" of Mt. Ranier - but not clear enough to show up in a photo -  some day I'll find it clear enough.
 The Olympics are in Olympic National Park - on the Olympic Peninsula.  Glorious country to explore.

And on the way home - one more farm - with fields mowed and ready for the hay to begin growing in the spring

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Snow Geese Are Back!

The Snow Geese overwinter in Skagit Valley - just south of us.  We've never seen them this early.  Don decided he wanted to go check and see if they were here for the winter.  I doubted that they would be - but it is a fun adventure - so we set off after he got off work early.  Down to Fir Island - about 20 miles south of us - we decided to take the back route and drove along the dike next to the river.

We heard something.  Geese?  Snow Geese?  So far away sounding - probably not.  Continue around the dike - some farmers out in the rain trying to drain water off their potato fields so they can harvest - no Snow Geese.  Drive farther - I'm sure I hear Snow Geese - they sound like they are in the sky.  Nothing yet.  On past the dike - onto the main road - still I hear the geese.  Still I don't see them.  Closer - I hear them coming closer - the sky is grey and cloudy - spitting rain - no Snow Geese.

I can hear them - I can I can - and then - and then - and then

 Flocks and flocks of Snow Geese - coming in from the north - they are here!!!!
 Settling into the harvested corn fields - rest at last.

 Here they come - flooding in from the north - some flapping their wings slowly - are they tired?  Down they drift.  They come in flocks - one large flock after another.

 The noise is deafening as more and more flocks come in

The first Snow Geese of the season - and we were there to watch them landing. What a thrill.