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Monday, September 16, 2019

Part 2 - Working at Whidbey

Wednesday we were sore and tired, but ready to finish up the gardening job and then have a bit of fun. 

While I did my daily exercises - that's how I am able to keep moving - Tom finished spreading out the old compost pile. We would be changing our ways and eliminating dumping and burning debris in our yard, except in the designated fire pit. We'll let this settle over the winter and then cover it with soil.
 We finished chopping up the tree suckers and roots and got everything into bags. We had nine in all. 
 Now we could appreciate the parts of the garden that still looked good. 

 And know that by spring we would be editing out many of the seedlings that would pop up to fill the empty spaces. 

 We loaded the bags into the van 
and took them to the Langley Waste Water Treatment plant, where they collect yard waste, which they grind up and add to the muck from the treatment plant to make compost. Recycle, reuse, restore. 
Then we visited the Bayview Nursery, taking advantage of the sales to buy a few new plants for the cabin garden and our home garden. We drove to Freeland, to the hardware store and nursery there, and picked up a few more plants. We stopped at the beach on Holmes Harbor. 
And we picked an island road we had not driven before and explored a bit. Back at the cabin we settled in to read and nap. At dinner tine we drove to Langley to try out a new little seafood restaurant for dinner, and then did a little walk about.
The famous, or infamous, Langley bunnies were out and about.

 Back at the cabin we sat on the beach to watch the moon rise over the bay before settling in at the cabin, satisfied with our Busman's Holiday. 

 Thursday would be a day to clean up, pack up, and be on our way by 11:00. We had an afternoon soccer match to get to. Irene is playing high school JV soccer, and we couldn't miss her first match!

But just accidentally, I woke early and discovered this! An amazing sunrise was happening over the lagoon.

 And when I turned to look around, there was a sunrise rainbow!

 The rainbow began to double. 

What a glorious start to a new day!

Oh, and Irene and the JV Lady Rams of Mt. Rainier High School won their first match!


  1. Congrats to Irene and her team! What a beautiful weekend.

  2. Glad you got all the gardening done! Nice sunrise:)

  3. Beautiful sunrise photos... and the rainbow!!!
    Congrats to Irene and her fellow soccer players!!!

  4. Retirement is great when we can set our own agenda to get things done.

  5. Although it is a lot of work, the payoff is worth it. And what a beautiful sunrise! Congratulations to Irene and her team for their first win. :-)

  6. Love how you always balance your days with work and pleasure. And then Nature gives you a lovely gift to enjoy. Well done.
    Congrats to Irene.

  7. Good Job! The W. Island garden is once again under control. Congrats to Irene and her JV team. So much goodness in this post.

  8. The previous comments I made that say Unknown is because one of our guests used my computer this weekend. I just figured out how to get rid of his account. I didn't realize for a few comments that this was happening. I must not be that observant. Geez.

  9. You and Tom really are the most amazing couple. I love the bunnies! So glad you woke up early to see the rainbow and such beautiful skies.

  10. Wow! Absolutely amazing photos. That is such a stunning sunrise. I love that your yard waste can be turned to compost.


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