Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Color ~ Volume 2 of 2

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ~

Just a few steps from the sunny sea of yellow daffodils you can almost hear the tulips whispering, "I see your sunny blooms and raise you all the colors in the rainbow."


The fields are well planned out and are always in a state of bud, bloom and harvest.  This ever-blooming concept brings over one million visitors to the small farm town of Mount Vernon, Washington during the month of April to take in the colorful show.




I love the peppermint twist tulips in the lower right of the photo below.


This farm had a big sign that said, "I hope you have a great time tip toeing through our beautiful tulips."





We watched as they picked this field.  They "snap" the tulips off the stems, bundle them, stack them in these totes and then they are ready for sale.




I really like cut flowers but to see them in all their brilliance, still rooted in the Earth, in such a vast display is truly amazing.


I highly recommend a visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival if you live in Washington.  If you don't live here you can order fresh cut flowers or bulbs from the farm featured in this post here.


I'll leave you with a quote that is near and dear to my heart.  My Dad has this quote on a beautiful sign in his garden, and it seems fitting for this post.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
Dorothy Frances Gurney

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Color ~ Volume 1 of 2

Saturday we headed North to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and we could not have picked a more perfect day.  Eight hours and over 538 photos later, let me introduce the major players.......


If one daffodil is worth a thousand pleasures, then one is simply
too few. 
William Wordsworth


I'd like to think William Wordsworth took in such a sight in his lifetime.  The flowers stretched for what seemed like miles, and their color and massive presence was just breathtaking.


We couldn't resist respectfully venturing into one field. It was so calming this sea of yellow all around us, and the gentle breeze that swayed the blooms gave way to this golden ebb and flow that I will never forget. 



Golden fields + vibrant blue skies = pure joy!

Ok, how many daffodils do you see below?

If you guessed a bazillion plus one, I think you are pretty close.


After our playdate with the daffodils we were off to see the Tulips..........


I'll be back tomorrow with more Tulips, they really do deserve their own post. 

I hope your weekend was lovely.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pygmy goats.

The sun was out the other day and I just happened to be in Woodway so I made a quick stop to visit the famous Pygmy goats.


Woodway is just South of Edmonds and is known as a small hamlet with grand estates and large lots.  But when I think of Woodway I think of the fanciful private home where the adorable Pygmy goats frolic.


Their home resembles a storybook, complete with a small pond, multiple little houses and lots of room to roam. 

And they love hosting visitors.


You see when I pulled my car over to the side of the road it's like the dinner bell went off.  They rush right up because they know I can reach the clover just on the other side of the chain link fence, I can reach the cedar fronds that are just above their heads and they know I will instinctively pluck the dandelion greens that bloom along the roadway and feed them. 

Oh, how they come a running.

"Feed me, I know that is why you are here, I have been waiting for your arrival all day."

They are so cute, the first time I ever saw them I was smitten.  I rushed right home and Googled, How to raise Pygmy goats.  Of course living in a townhome was not the prefered enviroment for these voracious nibblers, so I am resigned to visit.


And they are so happy to host, thrilled to extend a warm welcome to anyone willing to help a goat out and offer up the treats that are just beyond the fence.


Their home is lush, mossy and a vibrant emerald green.  They have bridges, and ladders and lots of interesting things going on within their fairy-tale world. 

Crunch, crunch, crunch.

The two bigger goats gorged themselves when I gently lowered the branch of the Cedar tree and munched away at the chewy fragarent leaves.

And that my friends is the story of the famous Pygmy goats of Woodway.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What a great way to start the day.

I am not a daily affirmation kind of gal, I am more of a "pull up your big girl pants and deal",  but I might just have to re-visit this quick video on occasion.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha

Wishing you all a joyful day!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A few random things ~

A few week ago we made a special trip to Seattle for a quick breakfast at the famous Crumpet Shop in Pike Place Market.   It's delicious and the crumpets are wonderful. 


As we were leaving, camera in hand, I snapped this adorable photo of a Bride and her Bridal Party rushing somewhere.  I did not see a groom and hoped she was rushing to and not from the church.

I edited this with a vintage effect.

So here are a few random things I am loving this week:

These adorable shoes.

This happy striped shirt.

My favorite bath soap, available here.

This winter hair remedy, that makes my hair soft and shiny.

A homemade Spicy Chai Latte recipe from Sproutted Kitchen I'm anxious to try.

The invitation to my friends fabulous 40th birthday party, she's having an 80's themed prom!!!  Bring on the Aquanet and Luvs Baby Soft, it's gonna be so totally awesome!!!

Happy day to you all.
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