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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday's Treasures

Before Summer is completely gone I wanted to show the china cabinet with the summer dishes, before it gets converted to Autumn and harvest

 The chicken dishes are like the ones Don bought for me when we were first marred - 53 years ago.  They are from Sears and over the years all the pieces got broken - and recently we've been recollecting them.  The egg cups (on the right) can be turned over and used for juice cups.
 Sunflowers are perfect for summer
 You've seen the big sunflower serving set before - the pieces are all separate, for easy storage and are great for serving taco toppings, dips or condiments.  Would be nice for ice cream sundae toppings too - or banana splits.  
 Suns, and sunflower soup bowls and a sunflower two tiered server.
 Sections of the china cabinet look like mosaics.

Mosaic Monday

Monday, September 18, 2017

Summer Dinner Party

With the nice summer weather, comes dinner parties on the deck.  Small or large - they are always fun.  Before our Autumn rains began, a special friend shared a summer dinner with us.

 A lighthouse theme - with a sunflower tablecloth.  The lighthouse dishes get a lot of use in the summer.

 Sailboat napkin holders and checked napkins
 Salad and grilled chicken - perfect summer dining
 Sunflowers to match the tablecloth - Thank you Karen
 Seasoned grilled potatoes
And grilled chicken

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Barns and Such

An old barn - beginning to show its age - with unused silos behind.  I haven't seen a farm in our area that uses the old cement silos anymore.
Going - going - almost gone
Still standing - with bits of metal atop the lower posts to protect the main body of the barn from the wet field it stands in
A very old, large barn to the right, with old, topless silo and a newer barn/cow shed to the left with newer but now unused silos.  Still a working farm
Not a barn - but a clever farm stand selling flowers this time of year.
A small row of sunflowers is all that is left

Great Blue Heron

There is a small pond not far from our house - we often stop there to see what kind of critters we might find.
 This day it was a Great Blue Heron
 Along with some Mallards

 All posing very nicely for us

 Or getting a nibble or two

A pretty fountain at the other end of the pond

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Little Mountain

There is a park in Mt. Vernon, WA called Little Mountain Park - and it is on - a little mountain, just under 1,000 feet tall.  The mountain just pops up on the edge of town - a winding, wooded road takes you up to the top and magnificent views.  There are picnic tables, a viewing platform and benches,  as well as walking paths that go up or down the mountain - depending on where you start.
From the viewing platform you can see south towards Conway 
With farms small and large

Lush farm fields

Farms and greenhouses
Tree farms
Trains passing through the Skagit Valley

And to the north and west you catch glimpses of Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands

The views are spectacular - and there are picnic tables spread out near the generous parking area.  The trail the the viewing platform is well maintained and easily accessible to most handicapped people - it is just a few yards long and only a little sloped.

It was a wonderfully warm day - a nice breeze on top of the little mountain - families picnicking - biker riders coming and going and hikers exploring the area.  Take a right turn off Blackburn Road to Little Mountain Rd and follow the winding road to the top - or park and walk up the hiking paths - a great find, right in town.  

Be sure you bring your picnic for a wonderful outing, and a couple folding lawn chairs would be nice too, as there is only one bench for viewing and it is a bit far back from the good views.