Before I continue with the sights from my trip to Seattle, I'd like to say thank you to each and every one of you who shared your kind thoughts and condolences on the loss of our precious dog, Phoebe. Though we've never met, I feel as if I know many of you personally. Those of you who are dog owners understand the bond that forms -- and the heartache that comes when it is time to say goodbye. Before Phoebe passed away, my husband and I had been through this loss before and it is always devastating. Fortunately we still have two lovely, sweet dogs in our life who give us their unconditional love and make us laugh every day. Thank goodness for them! If the house were empty, the sadness would be overwhelming. I truly appreciate the outpouring of kindness from our friends, family and those of you who follow My Little Bungalow. My husband and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Now on to the next highlight I wanted to share with you from my recent trip: the Seattle Japanese Garden. One of the oldest Japanese gardens in North America and regarded as one of the most authentic in the U.S., it is beautifully designed and very tranquil. You can purchase food to feed the koi, but more than just the fish love it. Many little turtles and ducks will also come to devour the pellets.
Throughout the garden are several lovely stone temples. My husband and I recently purchased one for our garden, similar to the first one seen below. When we finally get around to landscaping our yard, a Japanese maple tree will be on the list, under which we will place our little temple. We may also bury Phoebe's ashes there -- a special place where we can sit and think of her.
I can only imagine how gorgeous this Japanese Garden must be in the spring, when the azaleas, rhododendrons and wisteria are blooming. If you visit Seattle, be sure to make a stop at the Japanese Garden.