Monday, August 18, 2014

For the Garden Album

I'm sure there are many public and private gardens one could visit in the NW but these two are not well known ( so I think we have a little extra incentive to go see them). 
The first one, Deepwood Estate with its surrounding gardens, is very accessible being in downtown Salem.

This is who our group consisted of. (Plus me)

Tours of this house are given on some days, but not the day we visited.

 The second that we visited on Tuesday is completely obscure, rather difficult to find, and gets even less publicity. It's at the end of a street in beautiful Lake Oswego.  (The gorgeous homes on the way in are a treat for the eyes.) You would never know this large public garden was there unless someone told you about it.(The gates are open from 9-5.) Thus on the day we visited we saw no one else as we walked around this rambling peaceful garden for a couple of hours.  The Bishop's Close, as it is called, (isn't that a mysterious, provocative sounding name?) is just wonderful.
(My Photos of it will appear in the next post)  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Feeding the Horse

At this time of year there is a copious amount of unusable apples. The horse, therefore, benefits and today it's also a fun activity for Rilla and Tytus to do together.

One for Misty and one for me.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Addition

The little house is getting a new room. And the men (who have come to help) heave ho while the ladies watch.

Personally I think that could be considered team effort all around. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Happiest Place in the World

We got to visit, for the day, the few from out old camping group who were staying the week. We're adding a new generation of enthusiastic, happy campers. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

The "Unbirthday"

Celebrating 1/2 birthdays are a great idea for Rilla who's actual birthday falls only 5 days before Christmas. Ben and Shannon have a tiny house but a huge yard (that we share together)and they love to entertain. Anyway a mid summer day was a perfect time for a birthday bash! And a great excuse for decorating using the fabulous paper flowers that Shannon made earlier in the spring for several other events. She loved pulling out all the stops, using everything in her decorating arsenal (well almost everything)that she's already accumulated over the years. Invitations are sent, check! goodies are made, check! clothes are chosen, check! paper flowers and ribbon are hung check! and Rilla gets two good naps before festivities, check! check!

Friends come, goodies are eaten, presents are opened, a good time is had by all!

Frosting is the best!

A Lovely Wedding

 We've had two busy, fun weekends back to back. First a lovely wedding and family reunion together at the river-front home of John's Sister. So much work for all of them but a wonderful location that everyone loves. And so many people to visit and catch up with. 

Just a few pictures will have to suffice before I move on to this past weekends activities in the next post.

The beautiful bride and her Father.

A little dancing.

Cousins catching up.

Beautiful sister of the bride.