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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Little Retreat to Whidbey Island

We were due for a bit of a break from work here at home, and the island garden needed tending, so we packed a bag and headed north for an overnight at the cabin. 
 The sound was calm as we crossed over to the island.
We settled in, and Tom raised his flags. We are officially in residence. 
 We checked out the garden to see what the job would look like when we tackled it the next morning. Not too bad. Then we checked out the beach to see what the tide brought in. It was so calm and quiet. 
 After lunch we set out for Freeland to check the thrift store there, and the hardware store and nursery, and pick up some teriyaki chicken at the grocery store for our dinner.  Then we took the scenic back road to Langley. 
 I said hello to The boy and Dog, and we discovered a new ice cream shop!
 We walked through town, enjoying the street plantings. 


Back at the cabin, we had time to read and nap and take an after dinner walk. 



Tuesday morning, after a slow start, we spent two hours cleaning up the garden and the yard.  Then Tom went off on an errand and I took a walk on the beach, where I saw this beauty. 


 The beauty of our own garden was nice too. 
In the afternoon we made our mandatory stop at the Bayview Garden Center.  The laburnum tunnels were still hanging their golden tresses, and the crown of roses was in bloom. 
 They have just remodeled, and the greenhouse was brimming with color. 

We had more time to sit and read and relax before packing up, getting dinner in Clinton and then boarding the ferry for our return to home. 

17 comments:

  1. That tunnel of flowers is stunning, I know I have seen it before on your blog when it didn't have flowers. What a lovely day away and your gardens look awesome:)

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  2. That all sounds too wonderful for me to even dream about. I enjoyed seeing the bald eagle and the heron. The cabin yard is really pretty. I would love to be near that water. The beautiful spring flowers around the shops and stores are so spring in the PNW. Wonderful. I do love those California poppies.

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  3. What a lovely little get-away with some work and a lot of good times. Your garden at the cabin is very pretty. All those California Poppies blooming. Mine haven't even formed buds yet so you are two or three weeks ahead of us.

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  4. Your garden centers are so awesome. You and Tom are super lucky to have such a beautiful vacation home to go to. Sigh... It looks really peaceful.

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  5. You go from one beautiful garden to the next!!

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  6. It sure is beautiful there. I love the beach and the garden center. I've seen them before, I think, but they don't stop being beautiful! :-)

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  7. Your island place is such a treasure! So many gorgeous images; I feel more relaxed just looking at them, almost like a little time away of my own. Thanks for that. Only 14 more school days, not that anyone is counting!

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  8. You always find the greatest garden centers. Lovely flower pictures and great shots of the waterfront. Love the eagle watching over his realm.

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  9. What a breath of fresh air! Thanks.

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  10. A visit to Whidby sounds re-energizing. All of the flowers are beautiful!

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  11. That's a very pleasant time on whidbey Island. I don't imagine there were many other people around.

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  12. Sounds like the perfect get-away to me. Your flowers there on Whidbey are so pretty! That arbor it amazing! You and Tom sure know how to enjoy a day!

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  13. Wow! I went to Whidby Island 16 years ago when our son entered UW and I enrolled in a polymer clay class taught by Pier Voulkos at Camp Casey (?) on Whidby Island. This was in September and the weather was absolutely wonderful. Cool, clean, sunny days. Sunsets were stunning. It was the only place that I had gone to that I would consider moving to. A small town of charm.

    I was told that winter is dreary and very cold, though. And bike gangs. And some shady rich characters. Also, that it was a place for millionnaires. Maybe they wanted to talk me out of it. But still, it really was one of the most beautiful places that I had ever been in.

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  14. That looks like it was a nice, refreshing break. Flowers bloom where ever you two go.

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  15. I was thinking you were going to work your whole weekend but you really managed to mostly play and enjoy that delightful and refreshing break. Wonderful eagle sighting.

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  16. What a Gorgeous place to spend time. Great photos, especially the eagle pics.
    Always love going up to my son's in Vancouver, WA. The garden centers are one of my first stops. Plants hold their color so beautifully up there, long after they have faded away here.

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  17. Looks like you had a good time. I haven't been to Bay view for quite awhile. Does Eric Studebaker still work there. We worked together st Emery's garden a while back. I guess I'll have to take a trip to Whidbey.
    MB

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