Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Time in Langley

We spent last weekend on Whidbey Island, at the cabin, with Jill and the grand kids. 

Much of Saturday was spent in the village of Langley, where we started off with the Christmas parade.

You need to know that Langley is a small town, a bit hippie oriented, artsy, and always fun and funky. That also described their parade, which is about ten minutes long.

 For me, the bag pipes are the best part.

 There was candy to scramble for, of course, and animals too!

 The Langley Whale Center tracks local pods of Orcas, and is involved in campaigns to free captive whales.

After the parade we walked through the town, visiting the decorated shops. These are authentic old store fronts, built between 1910 and 1930. 

 For my gardening friends, take a look at this great plant combination in this sidewalk garden. 
 The Garden shed of the Chocolate flower farm in my favorite shop. 

 Someone had fun with aluminum pans.  Clever!

 We stopped at Boy and Dog Park, where Tom's parents have memorial benches. 

 And then we had a late lunch at Useless Bay Coffee Company. 

 In the evening we returned to Langley to stroll through the lighted lanes. 

 Even the produce viewed through the window of The Star Store was pretty. 

It was a fun day.


  1. Don't know what I liked better...the bagpipes or those animal hats!

  2. I love seeing Jill and the children...your beautiful family! The bag pipes would have been my favorite too. Of course, I love Santa and the old pick-up truck.

  3. Love small town parades like this! I would have loved the bagpipes, too.

  4. That is all so perfect. I love the shops all set up for Christmas.

  5. What an amazing fun time this must have been. Love the hats by the way!

  6. Looks like you had a whale of a time!

  7. Glad you left before the terrible winds hit! They were awesome, and I saw that Whidbey was affected, too. :-)

  8. Looks like a fun day, love the kids hats! I would like to visit that antique shop! :)

  9. The looks like fun parade with a raggle taggle assortment of local floats. The thing I like best is the green truck! That's an interesting antique.

  10. Looks like you had a great time! I love small town traditions!

  11. I love bagpipes too. My mom was born in Glasgow and my dad was of Scottish descent, so I grew up listening to bagpipe music. Love the Santa hat on the statue. The one time Nigel and I went to Langley, we stopped at the Useless Bay Coffee Company.

  12. Good time!
    Love those hats on your grandkids.

  13. The Knitty Purls shop made me drool. And so did Isaac's lunch!

  14. What a delightful town and I prefer a parade like that to the Macy's Day one. It has heart, not dollars. The shops look like fun and I liked the nighttime look.

  15. That looks like so much fun! Langley is now on my list of places to visit. What a neat little town and a sweet parade. I loved the pet cow.

    We went to the Bend Christmas parade last Saturday and it lasted an hour. It was a pretty good one all the way around.

    I hope that you guys are staying dry and don't get any storm damage or flooding.

    Kathy M.

  16. You make every place look so beautiful and fun. Your joy comes through in your photos and you have such a gorgeous family.


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