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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 Review - First Half

2017 was an interesting year - looking forward to another - but first, let's take a short trip down memory lane of the first half of 2017 
 January brought us some cold weather, barns and birds.

Fun with silly bears, dolls dressed for winter, art and some crocheted hats for the less fortunate.
February gave us a lot of cold, cold weather, snow and ice.  The Trumpeter swans were back for their winter stay, my favorite tree stood strongly out in the field and I even found a flowering shrub on a meandering country road.
Spring at last in March with daffodils blooming in the commercial fields and home gardens, skunk cabbage peeking out of the bogs, pretty hummingbirds and Easter dinner with the family.
 We jump into April with lots of flowers and fruit trees blooming and plenty of birds.

Tulip and daffodil fields explode with joy and beauty.
 May was varied this past year - some days warm and some days much too cool to enjoy on the deck.
 But flowers bloomed and cheered us up.
With birds, boats and a fun photo session with the dolls on the deck in their new crocheted summer outfits.
 We finish up the first half of the year in June, with a visit from our son and his family from West Virginia.  It was cold and rainy the entire time they were here, but they loved the cooler weather, a reprieve from the hot weather in WV, so if they were happy, we were happy.  In June we also took some country rides, visited Guemes Island and enjoyed the rare sight of White Pelicans flying overhead one day as we sat on the deck.
 Flowers galore - everything grows so well in Washington.

And in June some fun meals with family and friends, and pretty dishes.

We had a grand time during the first half of the year - how was yours?  We'll be back for the second half soon.  


SH Sue said...

Thanks for the review. Your pictures are breathtaking , and your dolls are adorable.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Happy New Year! Wishing you lots of similar fun in 2018!

eileeninmd said...

Hello JoAnn, wonderful recap of your year. The birds, flowers and views are fabulous! It was great your family came for a visit too. You had a great year. I am looking forward to seeing new post and photos from you in 2018.
Happy New Year! I hope you have a great new day and new week of 2018.

Vintage Keepsakes said...

Happy New Year. Glad you are back from your break. You have some wonderful pictures to hold on to the memories of 2017. Best wishes for you in the NEW YEAR.

Michelle said...

Happy New Year and I hope you have a GREAT 2018!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so happy to see your post tonight and get to look at your photos. I love all of the things you see in nature and of course, it's fun to see your dolls! We've both had some fun this year. I hope you are staying warm. It's even cold in Florida right now! We may get a frost tonight! Sweet hugs! Happy New year!

The Furry Gnome said...

Looks like a good year!

Candy S said...

Happy New Year!!

I love your pictures of the flowers. The beauty of the daffodils and the tulips blooming in such glorious profusion in the fields are my favorites, they are so stunning to see. I do enjoy the pictures you capture of the seemingly endless variety of birds performing their soaring acrobatics too. And the waterfowl are equally fun to see as they swim and dive in Washington's beautiful lakes, rivers, ponds, and along the bays and coast line. Of course the doll pictures are very dear to me. Your crocheted creations for the dolls are lovely.

Julie Fukuda said...

I just love this review of your year. Now it is the year of the dog so I hope you have something doggy to replace that rooster.

Angie said...

JoAnn - so glad you're back. Your post reminded me that it won't be long and spring will be here! The tulip fields really stood out to me - one my favorite flowers. I am looking forward to your second half! Happy New Year to you!

Rose said...

Some gorgeous shots through the year!