Greetings from Seattle

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pretty Posies in Lovely Langely

We are back home in Seattle this evening.

We had planned to return sometime today, but the island was heating up and there is no shade in the afternoons at the cabin. We had lunch, cleaned up, packed up and we were out of there by 2:00. It was a very slow drive home through heavy traffic, but we made it by 5:00. Since then we have unpacked and put everything away, run a load of laundry, given the cat lots of love and attention, fixed salad and omelettes for supper, and after the sun left the yard, we watered pots, picked produce, deadheaded roses, and tidied up the patio. The downstairs of the house stayed cool all closed up, but the upstairs is hot. It was 90 here today.

Wednesday morning on the island we spent some time in the village of Langley, just strolling, enjoying the plantings and having coffee. Here's your tour:

 Courtyard of The Inn at Langley.

Street pots

 The view from the Boy and Dog Plaza.

 Pumpkins in a traffic island

 Sparrows waiting for crumbs at Useless Bay Coffee Company where we enjoyed coffee in the courtyard.

 Glass blowing studio in the old firehouse.
 I think one of these snowmen is on my list when we come for our late fall visit. 

 Part of the plaza along re-developed Second Street.



 We had a chat with this artist working in the alley outside the Whidbey Art Gallery, a cooperative of local artists.

 This is a display of some of his work.

 Look at those pink petunia baskets hanging off the back of Star Store.

 Steps to the apartment over the book store. 


After our morning in Langley, we spent a very lazy afternoon at the cabin, watched a 6:00 Sounders game on TV, and then went for a walk as the sun was setting. 

 We had a very good retreat to Whidbey Island. 


  1. how fun, love the lushness of the flowers everywhere...amazing what a little water does.

  2. What a day's work you did yesterday. I loved the tour, especially the colors in the first few pictures, oh, and the stairs with the flower boxes, over the book store! I want to live there!

  3. Where are all the people in Langley? It is so serene and quiet there, and I want to live in that apartment above the library! :-)

  4. What wonderful flowers! I am certain the traffic would drive us nuts :)

  5. Thank you for this beautiful post . . . it makes me want to get in the car and take a road trip. Now I'm going back and blowing up each photo and look again. That's how lovely this post is :)
    Happy weekend!
    Connie :)

  6. What bee-you-tee-ful floral displays!

  7. Truly Lovely Langley. I want to visit again, its been a few years.

  8. That certainly is a colorful and inviting place you live in.

  9. I love places like this. Wish I was walking around there now.

  10. What a beautiful and well tended town. Truly only gardeners must live there. I have never seen a town so thoroughly decorated.

  11. I really need to get back to Whidbey Island for a visit, perhaps overnight or even for a few nights. And for a big plate of mussels. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics of beautiful flowers.

  12. With all these plantings, I stroll raound Langley too. Nice touch to end the post with a sunset.

  13. Thanks for the tour. It's been years since we last went to Langley but I remember how lovely it was.

  14. So many flowers! So much color! My favorite picture is the one with Japanese anemone with the white fence background. Thank you Linda for the tour!

  15. Thanks for the grand tour! The island is beautiful!


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