Thursday, March 31, 2016

It's Tulip Time!

I know some of you have been patiently waiting for the photos I promised. There were a few issues.

We spent Tuesday, our anniversary, in the Skagit Valley, under glorious blue skies, soaking in the beauty of the fields and the flowers and the mountains in the background. We then drove over the bridge and onto the island for an overnight at the Whidbey cabin. We spent Wednesday at the cabin. We returned home Wednesday evening.

Today we have spent the day working in Jill's yard and in our own. We have to use these sunny days constructively. 

I had planned to download all on my photos onto our desktop, which I did, and then begin to edit and post. However, our computer picked up a nasty Spyware virus, and since our tech guy is too busy with his own new job right now, this afternoon Tom hauled the CPU off to the Geek Squad, at Best Buy, where after some days and hundreds of dollars we should be back in business again.

That leaves me to post using my laptop, which, while a sweet little thing, is pretty gutless when it comes to posting lots of high resolution photos. For some of you, that may be a blessing. There might be fewer photos.

We'll see. Here we go with Post # 1, RoozenGaarde Tulip Display Garden.

Hi. Here we are. It's late morning, after a two hour drive and a stop at Christianson's nursery, which I will show in a later post.

In the background you can see Mt Baker and a huge field of golden daffodils. 
 This is just outside the fence. As you can see some tulips are still in bud. The show will go on for quite a while. It is early this year, though, and this is the earliest we have even come.
 Princess Irene tulips already in bloom in a sunny spot. At home ours are still emerging. 

Well, that worked quite well! As you can see, we shared the garden with quite a few other folks, but nothing like it will be this weekend, after the warm sunny days we are having. 

More to come!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Today we celebrate 47 years together in our marriage partnership.

March 29th, 1969 -March 29th, 2016
So far, so good! 

We will be away for a couple of days. There will be photos!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Sunday

I don't go to church any more. As far as Easter goes, I respect the Christian celebration of the Resurrection, but I go back further in my ancestry, to the pagan reason for selecting this date as the day of the Christian celebration. The first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox is the day to honor Eostar, the goddess of spring and rebirth. You see how it all fits together. 

Anyway, even though this little confession offends most of my family and many of you good folks, I say this because it is the reason why, when many of you were in church, I was out walking in the woods. 

Well, sort of the woods, at least a wooded, mostly wild park near my home, one I don't visit that often any more because it requires a  hike down and then back up a steep hill to get back home. 

I went alone, under blustery skies, prepared to get rained on, but I stayed dry. I just had my cell phone camera, so the photos I couldn't help but take are not so clear.
 It's traditionally called a Wake Robin, this native trillium I found blooming in the woods. 
 And the bright magenta flowers of native salmon berry. 
 New green fuzz in the trees just breaking bud, and pathways lined with bright green moss. 

 Yellow blooms of Oregon Grape.
 Fern fiddle heads popping up through lush ground cover. 
 Luxurious blankets of moss. 

 A moss carpet to a brightly painted bench. 
 As DJan informed us last week, this is Hen Bit Dead Nettle, a native lamium. Pretty stuff.
Big leaf maple tree blooms hang heavily from the as yet leafless branches. 

I spent over an hour and walked about three pleasant miles through the neighborhood and in the park, just enjoying my early spring surroundings. The Goddess was good to me. 

And then in the early afternoon we went to Jill's house for the traditional Easter festivities. There was a delicious ham dinner around a festive table, Easter baskets for the kids, and an Easter egg hunt in the yard. 

 As we gathered on the deck to investigate the contents of our found eggs, which Easter Bunny Tom had hid well, we enjoyed warm sunshine. This is how the sky looked - very dark and stormy to the north, bright blue to the south. We were very happy to be on the sunny side of the sky. 

 OCD runs in the family. Jill had all of the emptied eggs grouped by color. 
And fun was had by all!
Happy Spring, everyone.