This winter I was so ready for a mini-vacation, so Dave and I decided to take 3 work days off and go to Portland to see his family. We were able to stay with some family and that really helped stretch our $$$. We left Wed. and just came back last night (Sat.) Our middle daughter Michelle went with us, even more fun! The weather wasn't bad, wet, but mild, typical spring Portland weather. The shocker was so many flowers were in bloom! It was gorgeous!!! We decided to go to the downtown Chinese Garden, especially beautiful with the Camellias on display. We had tea in the tea house and I had my first "moon cake" and was treated by live Chinese fold music. What a treat...
Mimicking Chinese mountains and rivers
I love the pebble pattern
It's the year of the Monkey!
I love the metal tiles!
Love the moss
a large waterfall inside the "mountain"
the structures against the skyscrapers
sun trying to break thru
an abundance of plants, flowers and trees
some fun green dishtowels
sponge/cloth wipes, I LOVE these! 4 for $2.00
2 enamel pitchers, dishcloths (red ones were .79 cents each!), like grain sack stripes, kinda farmish :)
Got a new stainless steel skillet, $10.00, nice and heavy
A finishing touch for our bathroom makeover, finally!-
Ikea finally had some GREEN heavier towels for sale!!!
Not sage, not moss, not olive but GREEN, love them!!!
I got this smaller, much-needed cast iron baby at Goodwill for $5.00, score! Nothing beats it for baking, frittatas, etc. If you know me from this blog you know I had to hit a thrift store!
Speaking of green, it looks like Spring is here!
grass greening up
Rhubarb is up already and blackberries too
Volunteer violas in the turf
From Google, summer shot
I spotted this house on the way out of Portland and asked Dave to go back. The top photo is from Google since I wanted to see the full front yard. You can tell it's in summer. My shots below show the amazing way the home owner's use their space to grow food, quite inventive!
Little greenhouse and removeable roof
cold frames, nice ground covers
looks like leeks :)