Friday, August 23, 2013

Five on Friday - Washington Style



Oh, my goodness, I have missed you folks!  I've had "blogging withdrawal" for sure, but must admit that I've been having too much fun to fret over it.  Thought I would use today's "Five on Friday" to share tidbits of our recent trip with you. Hope you enjoy!


ONE...In case you didn't already know, Hubby and I have just returned from a  trip to the Seattle, Tacoma and Gig Harbor, WA. area.  We actually rented an ocean front home (with one of Hubby's sister's and her husband) in Gig Harbor.  Can I just say that the ocean was right at our doorstep and the view was absolutely amazing.  If the clouds were not hanging too low, we could actually see Mt. Rainer. The drive to the house was like driving through a rain forest, lush and beautiful.  We had visits most days from the spotted fawns and they seemed quite at home and we could generally get within a few feet of them.

TWO...We visited the famous Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle. What a place and what gorgeous glass items!  We were able to sit in and watch a couple of the glass blowing artist and it is truly beyond me as to how they do what they do.  The gift shop was full of exquisite items with really BIG price tags.  I would loved to have brought the vase in the above picture home with me, but..........


 THREE...One day found us at the Pikes Place Market in downtown Seattle.  It had it's beginning in 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmer's market in the US.  We were there on Friday afternoon and it was so busy with the locals doing their shopping that we could hardly get through.  I cannot imagine having access to such a place.  The fruits and veggies are displayed with such flair and even the raw fish looked inviting.  I was most amazed at the prices on the fresh flowers. A bouquet that we would easily pay upwards of $75 for could be bought for a mere $15.  Needless to say, if I lived near there, I would have fresh flowers in my home all the time.  Amazing!!!

 Right outside the market was "Rachel the Pig" and supposedly if you kiss her, you will have years of good luck.  So, with nothing to lose, I decided to give her a smooch!






FOUR... One of my most favorite things that we did was the lunch cruise on The Royal Argosy.  It was a two hour tour of some of Seattle's best scenery with a bit of history.  They served us a most delicious meal and the weather could not have been more perfect. A most enjoyable time!

 FIVE...On our last day we drove over to the little town of Sequim, WA. to visit the Purple Haze Lavender Farm.  I have been a long time fan of Lavender, so I was excited to see fields and fields of it growing.  Sequim has any and everything that one could possibly want (or not want) with Lavender.  I had no idea of the many ways one could use Lavender.  I wanted very much to bring home a hand tied bundle of it but they did not ship and I was afraid that the flight home might make mush of the bundle, so I left that behind as well.  We enjoyed walking the downtown area and it didn't take us long to sense the carefree lifestyle that these folks live.  It was a most refreshing visit to say the least and a unique "lavender experience."


 Tommy's younger sister lives in Tacoma and she and her husband served as our most capable tour guides for the trip.  It was a special time for us to be together. Since I do not have sisters, I'm most grateful that the Lord saw fit to bless me with these two sisters in laws that are such fun to be with.  It just doesn't get much better than sharing family time in one of the most gorgeous areas of the country.
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

9 comments:

  1. Oh my, I'm sure that there were a lot of gorgeous souvenirs that you could have picked up at the Chihuly Glass Museum. ;-)

    The lunch cruise sounds like it would have been absolutely wonderful.

    Looks like you had a fabulous trip!

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  2. I have always wanted to visit Washington state...now, even more so! What a beautiful place and so many great things to see and do! Glad y'all had a blast! Good to have you back!

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  3. Good morning and welcome back! This looks like a wonderful time! I too LOVE lavender, so I imagine that would have been something I really enjoyed as well. So nice you have family and good friends to make these kinds of trips with. You always look so nice in your pictures...soo stylish!

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  4. What a great trip! The scenery was amazing and I know you loved every minute of your time there and especially with the other siblings-in-law. So glad to have you back.

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  5. What a fantastic post! I loved your descriptions, which brought back memories from my residence in Seattle over 30 years ago. I'm so glad you were able to enjoy this trip -- and that you had good weather!!!

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  6. Welcome back!! Amazing trip for all of you...really beautiful. Washington State is really beautiful...we love Friday and Roach Harbor they too had lots of lavender fields...
    Looking forward to your next post.

    Hugs!

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  7. Washington State is quite lovely and you picked a good time to go as well. I love how you referred to your Sister-In-Laws as your sisters...that is indeed an awesome thing. So glad your trip was filled with some fun adventures...Love the pic of you kissing the pig...priceless.

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  8. Oh my word. Beautiful pictures. And I love the pic with you and Rachel the pig!! Too cute!

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  9. Wow; sounds like a fun trip! To stay on the ocean is the best. I love nature. I've been to Seattle once many years ago and visited the market. I can almost taste the fresh peaches I ate there still. And the flowers, oh yes they were so beautiful and plentiful. Next time I go I will have to review this post to include a few of the places you mentioned. I love glass and so does my hubby. Once we went to Venice, Italy and they have the most amazing glass. We came home with a few little items that I still treasure. Lavender is something I love too. Thanks for sharing your photos and memories.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!