Thursday, July 28, 2016

Walking the dog

An almost daily event in life in Bothell is taking the dogs for a walk.  David comes,home from work sometime after 6pm and so, before dinner, the dogs are taken for a walk.

It looks like one dog from the photo but I have Tessa in tow while I take a photo.

The housing development is well laid out with various nice walks in wooded areas and small parks.  The route we walk each day also incorporates a fenced sporting area where soccer, baseball, football and, I understand, cricket is played.

Of course,
a walk in the park these days would not be complete without a PokemonGo adventure.  Jackson is playing in the foreground, three teenage boys are playing in the background and, although the boy on the bike does not have a phone he is willing to tell anyone who will listen everything he knows about the game.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The smell of sea in the air

On Sunday we went to a Farmers Market in Everett, WA.

The market is located by the water so there was the smell of sea air, which I love, sea birds were calling, yachts were moored and Mt Rainier could be seen in the distance.

A very popular market, we had to park and walk to find the stalls.  The place was abuzz with people and there were more craft and fresh food stalls than you could imagine.

David and Lisa love coming here for the fresh produce.  Peaches are in season and the ones we came home with are super delicious.

Fresh meat was something else, as well as corn on the cob.  Our meal that night from what was bought at the market was something special.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chihuly Glass and Garden

If I have the opportunity to return to Seattle I would more than happy to have a repeat visit to this destination. Chihuly, to say the least, is a prolific glass artist and his work in this medium is stunning.

I had expected all of his work to be outdoors but it is shared between an indoor and outdoor exhibition.

Both components were fascinating but I did love the way the outdoor glass work blended so well with the splendor of nature.

In the area where they had purple glass they harmonized with purple, yellow and orange flowers - a quilters dream combination.

My daughter-in-law, Lisa, loves all things to do with glass work and I think she nearly fainted when she found out that the man himself, Chihuly, was going to be there for a book signing.  The wait was not going to be too long so she joined the queue for a special moment in her life.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Deconstructing a Burger

Yesterday Jackson and I went to the movies.

It was his outing so the movie was his choice, the latest Ghostbusters movie.

About half way through the movie, Jackson announced that the movie was too scary so we left the theatre.  He also added that he didn't think the movie had a very good story line.  A very discerning 10 year old.

It was nearly midday so we made our way to one of Jackson's favourite burger places, the Blazing Onion.

Jackson chose a triple bacon burger and I asked for a mushroom burger without the bun.

It eventuated that because I asked for no bun I did not get any salad.  Jackson does not like salad on his burgers so he took the salad from his and it ended up with mine, a fairly happy compromise.  The burger was delicious.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In search of Pokemon

This morning Jackson and I went for a walk to a local park in search of the elusive Pokemon.

It was just after 8am and there was still dew on the grass. A very pleasant time of day to be out and about.

This park area supposedly has Pokemon attached to the statue in the image so Jackson did battle while I sipped on my flat white from Starbucks.

The park is landscaped and sits amidst a nature reserve.  For the first time since being here I was aware of birdsong so it was not hard to sit and listen while Jackson pursued his latest interest.

I have been to Virtual Reality and back

David's family own a Virual Reality headset and yesterday I got to experience what it was all about.

That said, I did not play any games but there were two 'experiences' available for me.

The first was an underwater experience. With the headset on you have the impression you are totally immersed in water, sitting on a ship wreck on the bottom of the ocean.  All manner of fish are swimming around and you can swivel the chair and have a total 360 degree visual.  Just to finish things on a dramatic note a huge whale comes swimming by just to say hello real close up.  It almost seems to have a smile on its face.

The second experience was all about man landing on the moon.  From sitting in a living room of the era listening to John F Kennedy's speech about space exploration to landing on the moon and returning to earth in the capsule, this is all pretty amazing technology.

I have no idea how it all works but it was all pretty awesome.  At one stage the impression is you are sitting/standing on a small platform surrounded by outer space as you approach the huge orb of the moon.  At this point I actually had the feeling I could fall off into outer darkness.  On the return to earth in the capsule, the vibrations were so realistic I had to close my eyes.

Apparently I was totally occupied for over an hour but it was so interesting I did not realise this was the case.

So glad that this 67 year old grandma had the opportunity to go to Virtual Reality world and back.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Back home again

Today we returned from the mountains to Bothell in a leisurely fashion. 

Lisa and David went to pick up the dogs from the kennels and they were extremely excited to return home. 

Lisa needed to go out again and so Tessa settled down beside me for a nap until 'Momma' came home. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Before returning to Bothell

we spent another day in Leavenworth. 

I think we managed to fit quite a few things into our day.

We had a lazy start to the day and after brunch we went to have a look at the Wenatchee River which runs through the town. 
We returned to town and visited the Kris Kringl store. Three floors of everything to do with Christmas. We managed to restrain ourselves to the ground floor. 
Then it was time for ride around the streets of Leavenworth in horse and carriage. 
Leavenworth is a great place for foodies. Three of many of this type of store, The Cheesemonger, the Oil and Vinegar shop and the Tea and Spice shop. 
Each of the stores are extremely well laid out and tasting samples are freely available. 
Jackson, at just ten, has learned to appreciate these shops and had a wonderful time with Mom and Dad taste testing in the Oul and Vinegar store. 
After a late lunch I had time to indulge in a visit to a quilt shop before we returned to our home on the lake front.