“A day in the country is worth a month in town”Christina Rossetti

Sunday, July 31, 2011

First Date Of The Season

If we get lucky, since Neo got "lucky" today, we could be seeing our first kids December 28th. The girls were moved across the alley from Neo yesterday, so that we could see if any of them start their tail wagging signals to the buck. This morning Aziza was hanging at his gate instead of joining the rest of the girls for breakfast. Axel, Alex and Archie - our 2011 boys
And so we are into the new kidding season.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blogging and Bainbridge Island

My first day in Seattle was a rainy Sunday and probably a better day for a museum, but I had made plans to meet Linda and take the Bainbridge Island ferry with her. Not a lot of people on the deck that trip over, and the view was a bit gray and gloomy. OK. And wet.The ferry was a recommended thing to do to get a feel for Seattle, and something relaxing to do with a newly met friend. You see Linda is the Bag Lady. THE Bag Lady from Thoughts from a Bag Lady In Waiting, a blog I've followed on my sidebar for a while now. Check it out. I think you'll find something to relate to here and there. She writes about her life after retirement, family, and travel. We've shared a few comments back and forth and got to know each other like pen pals did in the "old" days. She lives a bus ride north of Seattle and picked me up at the hotel for our day out. And so I began my discovery of Seattle.

I didn't have any real shopping desires, but I did see a sign for... ...on the map, so we had to stop in. For a small place, they had a fantastic collection of fabric. Fabric that I had never seen before.
I found a souvenir to bring home. Goat fabric. Well, some goats anyway, and chickens, and more farm stuff.Oh! How I wish I lived closer.
If we had come a day sooner, we would have been able to join in the Tour de Coop. Some great coop pictures and story here: The Tour de Coop ScoopPart way through the trip Linda reminded me of how many steps we had walked, and I think it was about four miles. We were still on the island, so I imagine we clocked eight miles by the time we both got home. A coffee here, soup there, and a cookie for the ferry home, and we had shared our life stories, and some advice for each of our latest challenges.On the ferry back to Seattle, we were surrounded by the most elegant violin music the whole way. It was like being in a scored life. It warmed the conversation as we wrapped up our day. As we were all lining up to get off, the musician was still playing to himself, totally immersed. When he momentarily looked up, I silently clapped and he looked around to realize he was alone. With a nod of his head he appreciated the gesture and packed up to leave with the rest of us. Another hilly, gasping walk back to the hotel, and our day was over.

What a great way to get to know Seattle and surroundings. Thanks Bag Lady!

P.S. In case you were wondering, Dave was busy playing golf in the Make A Wish tournament.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Museum of Glass - Tacoma, Washington

The neat thing about this museum is that if you don't want to, or can't afford to pay the entry, there is lots of amazing, unusual art and architecture for no charge at all.The museum's Hot Shop dome.

These sculptures are along the waterfront in pools that anyone can access. When we were leaving, they were the backdrop of a wedding.
If you do go inside, the bathroom maximizes the use of glass.
When we arrived we were told that the "Hot Shop" starts in fifteen minutes, so we hustled around the halls for a few minutes to take in some of the art that can be photographed.
The two galleries are not very large, but I found the variety of work interesting and imaginative.
If you link onto the Museum and the Hot Shop you can watch the action just as the live audience does. You can even ask questions on line.
The gift shop is a neat place to see a variety of ornamental and functional art and you can enter without going to the museum.Then there is the remarkable Bridge of Glass and the Venetian Wall, also accessed from both sides of the Highway 5. From the Museum of Glass you can reach the Washington State History Museum by crossing the bridge.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mt. Rainier National Park - The Green and Mean Side

We were lucky to have a sunny weekday to explore. Plan to avoid the week-ends if you can.From the Mt. Rainier National Park site:
The current snowline is around 5000 feet. Due to heavy snowfall this past winter (2010-2011), melt-out is not expected until sometime in August.
For this reason we did not get to hike the meadows, but there was still plenty to do and see. Amazingly, flowers were blooming heartily next to the piles of snow along the roads and trails.
Cougar Rock. Do you see it?

Silver Falls - A beautiful hike!

This bear was browsing on the side of the road.

Cascade Mountain Fox
We aren't supposed to see this fox, but they are coming to people for food.
This one was carrying a chunk of bread.

Grove of the Patriarchs

See the National Park site for more information.