This lovely house is set in a large yard with lots of trees, shrubs and mowed lawns. It used to be a Bed and Breakfast - I noticed this year that the sign was gone. It sits among fields where the Trumpeter Swans visit every year and was named the Trumpeter Swan Bed and Breakfast.
Bare tree branches reflected in an old glass paned door
Trees and shrubs blowing in the wind - just a touch of autumn colors beginning to show
Turrets - perfect for daydreaming among the tree tops
A quiet, warm autumn afternoon in later October - rare for us this time of the year
On our regular route through town on the way to Skagit (sounds like gadget) Valley, something caught my eye. Quick. Turn Around. What was that?
In a clearing, down a hillside (Bellingham is built on a series of many hills and gullies, very little actual flat land) there was an old building.
This had been a very heavily wooded gully - and it had been logged recently and scraped bare for a new housing development - except for the old barn - or was it an old house? I can't decide which. It isn't shaped like a regular barn - but doesn't have the windows one would expect of a house.
How long had it been there, deserted and left to be covered with blackberry vines and trees?
What stories does it have to tell? Who looked out that door? Were they far, far out of town then? And now the house is in the middle of town. And why did the construction company leave it standing? There was no one around to ask - and there was a locked gate so we couldn't drive down the hill.
What was in the lean-to? Did the family cow find shelter there? Were there chickens roosting, waiting for morning so they could scratch about in the yard?
The autumn rains in NW Washington start any time from mid August to, this year - late October. This is a strange year - a long warm summer, followed by a long warm autumn - and still we have sunny and warm days in between the rain storms - and it is almost November. I'll take it - no complaints here.
But when it rains - sometimes it is beautiful and peaceful - often a soft dripping rain, and other times a heavy rain - both give us the rain we need to keep our state the "Evergreen State".
A few drops - the leaves wait
Soaking up the drops
Dripping with droplets - quenching their thirst
Water will drip down to the roots - more leaves will grow next year
While on Orcas Island we were entertained by the seagulls - trying to get to the pilings near the beach in front of the cabin - they did this continually all day - with a little break around 2-3 p.m. Guess they had to have their naps too.