Are We Walking to Alaska

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

Friday, June 24, 2016

Foxgloves

A friend, Jean Thompson, took a drive up Chuckanut Drive and on to Bow Hill Road - and spotted hillsides of Foxgloves.  We just had to get down there and see them - so a couple weeks ago we headed down that way - only about 10 miles from our house.
Click the photos for a much larger view!!
 On a logged over hillside there are foxgloves running rampant

 Up and down the hillsides

Foxgloves get their name from the tale that at night the "Wee Folks" would come out to dance in the moonlight, dressed in their finest and wearing the blossoms of the flowers as their gloves.  "We Folks' Glove" became Foxgloves.
 There was a side road close by so we drove down that and the foxgloves continued on the other side of the hill.



 We've never seen so many foxgloves - thanks for telling us about them Jean.


 We were on a side road - mostly gravel - so we could stop and enjoy the foxgloves for as long as we wanted.

 Not sure just why that sign is there - but interesting.





Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Wee Ones


 My friend Julee has a great-niece that lives in Denmark - she will be having a birthday in Septemer.  I had the fun of making a wardrobe for Clara (the doll in the red/white/blue outfit below).  Everyone wanted to share in showing off the new wardrobe before Clara heads off to Denmark.
A summery sunsuit for Clara and  Poppy is wearing a jungle print sundress with a matching bag. Where are your shoes Poppy?
Donnie joins in the fun!  Sally Jo is wearing the RWB sunsuit and Abby has the jungle print sundress with a white t-shirt. 
 Red white and blue stripes and stars - great for summer fun at the park or the beach
 Everyone changed clothes except Donnie - he does need some new outfits for sure - maybe some shorts and shirts that match



 Everyone loves aprons, hats and bags - for the beach, shopping or cooking up some summer treats.
Now let us go and visit our sweet Diane and her sweet dolls.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Something To Crow About

I have crows in my garden
 The top two I had recently repainted - the bottom one Don found at a yard sale for a quarter last Sunday - I will repaint it as soon as sunshine and warmer weather returns (it was only 59 degrees for a high the last two days).

The crows will spread out in the flower pots on the deck  -  hope they don't fly away to the woods across the street.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Barn and Horses


Two beautiful silos
And three horses peacefully grazing
And interesting small barn - looks like it hasn'tbeen used lately.

                     The Barn Collective

Friday, June 17, 2016

Berries

It is the season of berries in NW Washington State.
Wild Blackberries (Himalaya Berries - escaped from Luther Burbank's experiments in Southern Calfornia) carpet the countryside.
This appears to be a good year, with massive amounts of blossoms
And some berries already forming


They will gobble up your farm
 Or your house
Until it is all gone


When they ripen there are big hanging clusters to enjoy right off the vine or to take home and make pies, cobblers and jam - or to top a big bowl of ice cream.  We often have a bowl of berries sitting on the baking island for snacking as we pass by.
We also have Blueberries here - though they are not wild.  There are almost 1000 acres growing Blueberies in our county - with an annual yield of close to 5 million pounds of berries.

 They grow in large clusters - on bushes up to 6 feet tall - making U-Pick plots a favorite with individual berry pickers - and if you pick your own they cost about 2.00 a pound.

 They grow so big and juicy - nearly the size of a quarter - makes picking go much faster.
 I even have a Blueberry  teapot-for-one - made by a wonderful Russian potter - she sells her Blueberry pottery at a local berry stand.  I think my next purchase will be a Blueberry pie plate.
Pies, cobblers, and muffins - what a glorious harvest!

Just wait until these are big, fat ripe berries.