Saturday, April 21, 2012

Port Townsend Part 2

In yesterday's post, I showed you the downtown part of this wonderful sea-side town. Most of today's post will be up the hill from the main street. There are still some shops and restaurants but not nearly as many as on the lower streets. This is the part of town where many residents live. Again you will see that we are never far from the water.

I love the clouds with this sail-boat.

This was an Army post during WW2, now a great park right on the water.

This was the officer's row. Today these homes can be rented for vacations.

Looks like a nice vacation spot to me!

This is the Marine Science Center.

These bunkers were actually used during WW2. The west coast was very concerned about an invasion.

This is the Point Wilson light.

Here are some of the lovely renovated Victorian homes.

This one is a B and B.

A fence belonging to someone with a sense of humor.

This bakery has wonderful bread!!

Just a small flower shop.

This is where we ended our day!

Totally wonderful mochas!!

This book is the first in a series based on this town. It is called Port Chatam but if you have ever been to Port Townsend you can easily recognize it. I'd call it a cozy mystery , lot's of fun to read if you like ghosts and an old Victorian house!
Thanks so much for taking a look. I hope your week-end is going well. Tomorrow's blog will be all about the lighthouse!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Day Trip to Port Townsend

The SBA and I thought it would be a great day to have a small get away! We've been working hard all week and it was to be a nice day, so away we went! We went to a small town called Port Townsend. It's a town at the far NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula. It is right on the water. It was settled in the mid 1800's but had it's hay day in the late 1800's. Originally people thought it might be one of the most important ports on the west coast but when the train did not connect it to Tacoma it sort of fell out of favor. Today it is a charming town full of great shops, galleries, and restaurants. There are two parts to the town, the lower part right on the water and the part up the hill where the lovely old houses are located.

To get there, we had to cross the Hood Canal bridge. That connects Kitsap Peninsula(where we live) to the Olympic Peninsula.

We had a great lunch at our favorite restaurant, The Stillwater Cafe.

This shows the steps to the upper part of town.

More steps to the bell tower. There are only 2 bell towers in the U.S. This used to call volunteer firemen to help at a fire.

On this blog, I'm only going to show the downtown. Uptown will be for tomorrow.

Love all the signs on this building!

A front view. I think the W&K stands for the Waterman-Kate Store.

Most corners have mini gardens.

A gallery with a sense of humor!

I love all the signs. Our son-in-law, Kevin, had a showing of his African Photos at this shop.

This part of the world LOVES its coffee!

Another little pocket park right on the main street.

This is just 1 block off the main street.

See that evil little sea gull!!!!!!

Look what he did to the SBA's Seahawk sweat shirt!!!!!
Thanks so much for taking a look. Tomorrow I'll show more of this great town.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

John Foster Update

I don't have much to blog about today. I have done some work and John Foster. I took the photos outside hoping to get better color. I don't think it was much better as the linen still looks gray to me and it's not, it's antique white.As soon as I get the blog done, I'm out to plant in the garden. We got a very pretty heuchera called "Brass Lantern." The tag says it has brassy gold and red spring color on maple shaped leaves It was tempting to buy more plants but we are not clear of frost till the middle of May. We work at the lighthouse this week-end so for my newer followers, I'll have some pictures.

Sorry for the wrinkles. It looks like the red changes color, it's just a wrinkle.

This tree was fun to stitch! It went much faster than I expected.
I hope you all have a great end of the week. Tomorrow is my day to work at the school. We are doing discussion groups on stories so it is always interesting to hear what the kids think!
Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Walk

First, I want to thank all of you that commented and offered suggestions concerning my hand. It just proves that blogland if full of very kind and caring people!! I will definitely take those suggestions and try them out. The photos are from yesterday and a great walk we took. Today has been cool and cloudy. I did work all morning in the garden. It was a great day for pulling weeds! I tried to get pictures of some of the lovely things we saw on our walk.

These will be yummy blackberries by August. At that time of year, you see lots of folks on this trail picking berries.

This will be another type of berry, maybe a salmon berry, not sure.

Now these guys are NOT pleasant!!!! In fact they are a noxious weed called horsetail. I only did the photo because until we moved out here, I had never heard of them. You can't pull them as they put out some chemical that causes more to grow. Our local plant expert, Ciscoe Morris, says you can only get rid of them by cutting them off , over and over. We have none in our yard thank goodness!

This is called skunk cabbage. It truly smells like a skunk is nearby! It grows in very wet areas.

Prettier than it smells!

We heard the lovely song of this little bird as we sat down for a rest. We think it is a song sparrow.

We found this beauty in the woods behind our house, trillium.

At the end of our walk is a large open field. Someone with humor put these two full sized animal statues at the very back of the field. They are huge and I think they are pretty well done!

Well, thanks for taking a look. I really appreciate your time and comments. I hope I'll have an update on John foster tomorrow. Pain or no pain, I can't quit stitching!