Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Trip to Seattle

Hello there, friends. Sorry for the infrequent posts. I've been very, very busy at work and in my personal time have had less interest in being in front of the computer (I get enough of that Monday through Friday!).

I spent a lovely, long Memorial Day weekend in the Seattle area visiting my best friend and her husband and son. I flew out on Friday and returned home Wednesday. In the span of four days, I experienced both Seattle weather extremes: chilly and drizzly Saturday and Sunday. Warm, dry and sunny Monday and Tuesday. 

Below is Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington -- a view that is just a short walk from my friend's house. Such a beautiful part of the country it is! In the other direction, views of distant snow-capped mountains from my friend's house never disappoint.

 Here are some highlights from my four-day stay:
  • We visited the Seattle Unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, which is actually a museum located in the historic Cadillac Hotel
  • We sampled goodies, from hard cider to microgreens, at the Ballard Farmers Market
  • We explored Pioneer Square, Seattle's "original neighborhood" dating back to 1852. There we popped into The London Plane, a beautiful cafe/bakery/specialty foods store and floral workshop with the most gorgeous flowers and delicious rose water meringues! At Davidson Galleries I fell in love with the work of artist Wendy Orville (I will, at some point, be purchasing one of her beautiful monotypes)
  • We strolled through one of my favorites places ever: the 40-acre off-leash dog park at Marymoor Park in Redmond. There's a reason they call it "Doggie Disneyland." I've never seen so many happy dogs in one place! During my visit, I was struck by how many people have dogs, and how many businesses are dog-friendly, too. It was great because I was missing Henry and Ella!
  • I also made a return visit to Glassybaby in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. If you've followed my blog for a while, you may know that Glassybaby votive holders are one of my favorite things. On a previous trip to Seattle I purchased three Glassybaby, and on this trip I purchased three more: gingerbread, homegrown and warm gravy (shown in that order, below).

Glassybaby in Madrona is a very "cool" place (forgive the play on words; glassblowing is actually a very HOT business). Click here to watch a video about Glassybaby and here for a wonderful video on how a Glassybaby is born.

Stay tuned for part two of my trip to Seattle! Oh, and if you subscribe to my posts, you've probably noticed a lapse in email notifications. I realized a month or so ago that no emails were being sent about new blog posts. There was some trouble with Feedburner, but I think I fixed it this morning. I'm not even sure how I did it. A nice blog follower of mine reached out to say she received the email (thanks, Karen!). Hopefully things will be working smoothly from now on. If not, send me an email at mylittlebungalow2[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks for tuning in!

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