Friday, March 27, 2015

Tulip Time in the Pacific Northwest

I love the changing of the seasons. Sometimes I find myself yearning to live in a warmer climate, where the sun shines more and there aren't so many gray drizzly days, but then I remember all the benefits of living in a mild climate, especially as hubby and I age, and I soon find contentment again. I love it as each season moves into the next, but Spring is my favorite season. I love seeing everything coming to life again.

Yesterday we threw a few things in the car and drove North a little less than two hours and found ourselves in the Skagit Valley. Now I have to admit to you that I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life except for 4 short years when I lived in eastern Washington. In all those years I had never traveled north for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I had heard about it for many years, but had never been curious enough to go check it out. Until yesterday. And I am oh so glad we did!

Our first stop just off the freeway was for ice cream. It was one of those "oh, ice cream! pull over" moments. You know the ones ... when the guy driving behind you is probably muttering under his breath about how crazy the old people in front of him are diving. As the gravel in the parking lot crunched beneath the tires of the car I spotted the sandwich board sign that reminded me that although I felt like I had driven far from home, I was indeed still in Washington:



Ya gotta love Washington!! :)

After purchasing our ice cream (moving right to the munchies and skipping the recreational stuff) we drove another few miles and checked into our room at The Wild Iris Bed and Breakfast. Flowers greeted us on the porch:



and a lovely gathering area was just next to the check in desk:



A warm greeting and an escorted walk to our room brought smiles to our faces at just how lovely The Wild Iris truly is.



We couldn't have been happier with our room, and the fireplace and soaking tub were an extra bonus:



If you're into lounging around the facility there is a lovely front porch with comfy chairs. Next time we visit I plan to do some knitting there:



After settling into our room, and spending a little time relaxing, we took a walk where all the shops are. I discovered a yarn shop which is always a pleasant surprise:



After checking out the shops, we had Italian food for dinner at La Traviata in La Conner:



The next morning we reluctantly checked out and headed out to find the tulip fields. It didn't take long, with the help of a great map that showed us where they all were. We decided to go to RoozenGaarde Farm and were delighted to find everything that we were hoping for, including an amazing gift shop.



I took far too many photos of the flowers, so I will only include a few here. I wish there was a way to include the fragrance we encountered when we opened the car door. The scent of the flowers was powerful and wonderful.











Thanks so much for hanging in there with me if you've gotten this far. I know it's a long entry, but I couldn't help but indulge myself as I'm reliving the fun I just had in The Skagit Valley. I leave you with these two photos. As we were driving back to the freeway to return home, we noticed what we thought was a lot of something white blooming in the field up ahead. We wondered out loud what if might be, possibly white tulips? As we got closer we realize it was Snow Geese. Many many MANY Snow Geese. I simply HAD to pull over for two more photos:





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Oh my! I had forgotten all about this blog since Facebook took over my life. Maybe I will try a little blogging. Maybe this will be a one-time post and a forgotten blog left to languish will replace future posts. Who knows? Time will tell.

I've been busy with my new hobby: knitting. Unfortunately that placed my quilting on the back burner. I admit to feelings of guilt each time I walk by the sewing room. Sometimes I think I hear my sewing machine calling my name. But oh so much easier to just pick up the knitting needles.

We had a mild winter and very early spring. Lots and Lots of sunshine has replaced the usual gray drizzly skies. The crocus are already done blooming for this year and flowering trees are showing off all over town. My maple trees are just beginning to open their leaf buds. As always I enjoy spring just a little bit more than the other seasons.

Jake and Emma went to play at Rainbow Bridge last year. We still miss them. We talk about a new furry family member but I just don't think that either of us are ready yet. One of these days it will probably happen, but just not right now.

We have two new great grandsons since I posted last. And our son is engaged to be married sometime soon. I have settled into retirement quite well and love the mostly lazy days I spend doing whatever I want, with an occasional appointment tossed in.

That's about it. If I remember to post, I'll stop by with some photos of my latest knitting project. Making a pair of green tweed socks right now.