Greetings from Seattle

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Wisteria

I know this is my second post of the day, and be sure scroll down for the Paulson garden, but I just had to share my wisteria photos from today.

And now I'm taking my Kindle and some chair pads, and I'm going to go sit on that garden deck, under the wisteria, and read some more. It is nearly 80 degrees and I am having a very lazy afternoon. 

The Paulsen Garden

The second garden on our South Hill NPA tour is the Paulson garden, on a ridge overlooking the Orting Valley. 
We parked on the street in front of this bright blue car. We thought they made a great color combination, but our Chevy is a bit outclassed by a Lamborghini. 
Some parts of this garden have been newly redone while other parts are more "settled", but it all blends beautifully. 
These first photos are all from the front of the property. 

And then we follow the path around the side and to the back of the yard. 

Those cloud trails in the sky point right to Mt Rainier. 

This little bench beyond the pool overlooks the "wilderness", undeveloped land in it's natural state. 
Sit on the bench and this is your view. 

Up on the deck we see the view from the house level. 

I had a pleasant surprise a few days after this garden visit. Camille, the creator of this lovely garden,  emailed me to say she thought she recognized me but was too busy to talk, and then she checked the sign in sheet and saw that it was me. Turns out she reads my blog!

You meet the best people in gardens!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lunch at Brown's Point.

Wednesday six retired educators met for our monthly McMicken Lunch Bunch. We are all "graduates" of McMicken Heights Elementary School, having served on staff there at some point in our careers. It's my neighborhood school, the school my children attended, and where I spent about 25 years of my career. 

Each month we decide on the next lunch date and place. This time we decided to go farther afield, to a point overlooking Commencement Bay in north Tacoma. 
 Unfortunately it was cold and cloudy today, so The Mountain wasn't out, or it would dominate this view.  But we enjoyed the view anyway, and the food and the company at The Cliff House Restaurant. 
 I had never been here before and my friend DeeDee told me about the Brown's Point Light House, so on the way home we found it. 
 The light house no longer functions, but the keeper's cottage is available to rent for vacations. 

 The cottage has a charming garden. 

 We walked the perimeter and enjoyed a bit of the crunch underfoot of the gravel beach. 
I love finding new places so close to home.