~ Wordless Wednesday + WPC – Local ~



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~ Skywatch Friday ~

Skywatching is one of my favorite activities when I’m here in Cabin 1 at Beach Haven, Orcas Island, WA USA. From the time I awaken in the morning, to when I’m done for the day, the sky is always changing.


10/10/16  6:30PM


10/13/16 7AM


10/12/16  5:30 AM


10/12/16  10:30 AM

The first of two strong storms is predicted to hit here, around midnight tonight, the second will arrive on Saturday. Clouds are gathering!


10/13/16 2:00 PM

We’re preparing for an evening inside with a nice warm fire!


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~ Wordless Wednesday ~ October Sunset ~


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~ In A Vase On Monday ~ Island Berries ~

Today’s vase is an ordinary wine glass — the fanciest piece of glassware in cabin #1 at Beach Haven, Orcas Island!


Black Hawthorne Crataegus douglaii  and Snowberry/Waxberry Symphoricarpos albus

On my walk this morning I picked some berry branches for my posy and feature it on the picnic table with “Presidents Channel” in the background.img_6776

Thanks to Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme!

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~ Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgia + Skywatch Friday ~

After my father passed in June, my husband and I took a Road Trip Odyssey to favorite places my family had enjoyed in my adolescence, and to visit the cemetery in Wenatchee, Washington, where my maternal grandparents are buried. As we passed this sign, I knew we were almost there.


Highway 97 driving south toward Wenatchee, Washington – USA

After visiting the cemetery we went to the house my parents had built and where my family lived from 1956-1961. It looks as lovely as I remember it.


The rest of this summer and into autumn I have been writing about this experience – revisiting places from my childhood and spreading ashes in sacred places. The project has taken much of my time and energy – hence not so many posts here (or responses to your posts). Here are links to some I offered real time when I was at these places – all of which have deep nostalgic value to me.








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~ In A Vase On Monday – ‘Tis Autumn ~

Not a lot blooming these days in my gardens; a few determined roses, and stalwart hydrangeas continuing their chameleon transition. Today I feature the last of the Rudbeckia with a few stems of sage and oregano in a handmade ceramic vase dating back to the 1960’s.


Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldstrum’, Origanum majoricum, Salvia officinalis.

To my friends and followers on WordPress, please accept my apology for not responding to your posts. I will be back in the swing soon, and look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden  for providing the inspiration to brave the rain and find some lingering light and beauty in my garden.

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~Skywatch Friday + WPC Quest 2 ~

When I walk beside the Pacific Ocean on a gentle-breeze day like this, I sense all the blessings of life; warm sun above me, sandy shore beneath, the heady scent of salty flotsam in the air and the ever-present roll of tides pushing and pulling.


Longbeach, Washington – USA

Earlier I posted a Quest photo of Jello walking back from this beach toward the place where we stay when we visit Longbeach.


Currently, my quest is to own a condo at The Breakers in one of the buildings in the background. I’ve been working diligently to swing a deal, and it looks very promising.



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