Loganberry Festival

30 07 2011

What’s a loganberry you ask? I did too. It’s just a blackberry crossed with a raspberry. Apparently, Whidbey Island houses the nation’s largest farm for said berries. Greenbank Farm is a 150-acre former dairy & loganberry farm in the middle of the island that is really a community center that houses open fields, cafes, wine & cheese shops, and even some wetlands and wildlife preserves. It is also the host of the annual Loganberry Festival!

greenbank farm barn

There were a lot of booths with delicious foods from the local islands. I think Lopez Island Creamery is my sister’s favorite. Blackberry ice cream? Maybe she should try the Loganberry!

a line a mile long

There were many families enjoying the beautiful weather and fun atmosphere. The kids enjoyed the rocks and playing king of the hill.

king of the hill

There was a woman carving stray pieces of wood and fallen trees into masterful works of art. Like this bear holding a salmon wearing an eagle. ­čÖé

bear fishin

Not sure what she was carving here. But it was fun to watch the sawdust fly.

roadside chainsaw carver lady

A young girl who was about 10 years old was cruising around on her stilts like she owned the island. I would have been terrified!

stilted youth

These two cracked me up with their shared slice of pie.


digging in

eat up quick!

The local 4H club (and I think another club for horses, city girl roots showing here) was there with some saddles, some horses, and some cows.

ride 'em carter joe!

CJ was pretty impressed by riding the saddle. Thrilled? Sure.

daaaad, this is my saddle!

He did, however, fall in love with the horses. He immediately reached out to pet them.

carter's new bff

He was so fascinated by them and wanted to get as close as he could.

i want the horse

Each new horse we approached needed to be pet.

so soft

So much so, that he wanted to jump right out of Scott’s arms onto the horse!

later guys, i'm riding off into the sunset

So Scott rested him on the ground next to a little pony. He was careful to keep a tight grip as our little speed crawler is also an escape artist these days!

can we take him home?

After we visited with the horses for a little bit, we decided to go check out the cows.

mom!? is he serious?

Carter has a fear of cows. Make the cow sound? The lip curls and the boy wails. It’s the saddest thing ever. And we have no idea why. But he was equally unimpressed with the live animal.

i don't trust you, lady

Scott did some hay bale jumping with CJ. Which he LOVED. He cracked up the entire way. The series is a lot of fun.

the most fun time ever

One of the most noticeable things about the island is the beautiful gardening. Every house has amazing gardens and landscaping. One of the houses had a series of old fence posts stuffed with sedums trailing down the sides. I took this picture while Scott was driving, but this was one in a series of 10 posts overflowing with hens and chicks.

hens and chicks

That evening we really celebrated our anniversary with fresh Penn Cove mussels steamed in white wine and butter, grilled steak and a gorgeous view.

al fresco

We sat on the patio until the sun went down and the chill crept back in. Then we headed in to read by the fire.

here's to many more

It was a perfectly relaxing anniversary weekend! I can’t wait to go back to Whidbey Island again!

Whidbey Island

29 07 2011

Scott & I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on July 22 and decided to head up to Whidbey Island for a long weekend. Our goal was to have a low key weekend where we might be able to have a conversation. It feels like it’s been a few weeks since we just sat down and visited. So we hopped a ferry on a chilly, drizzly July evening and woke up in paradise (with sunshine).

mom? dad? um. where are we?

It was a crisp, very chilly morning on the island. We woke up and sat by the fire (read: kept Carter away from the fire), watching the water while we drank coffee and made breakfast and waited for the sun to warm things up a bit.

someone getting some early wind

There were a ton of birds and hummingbirds visiting us while we were there. This little feeder with the goldfinch on it was covered in finches of many varieties all day every day!

american goldfinch

An eagle or two lived in the neighborhood as they were constantly following us around when we came outside.

bald eagle hovering over our backyard

CJ loved the big warm back yard that overlooked the water. He was ready to hit the beach, despite the 50ish degree morning temperatures.

later guys, i'm going swimming

We honored his wish and headed to the beach. It was a little rocky. And cold. But CJ didn’t care. He loves sand, water and sun.

mom. stop it. im building a castle.

And even attempted to build his first sand castle with a moat around it.

seriously. stop it with the camera! i'll eat some sand if you don't stop!

I think he tried to eat the moat.

told you so

When we came back from the beach, the eagle was perched just outside our back window.

eagle visiting our back patio

I guess he was checking out what remained of the fishermans’ spoils that morning.

checking out the views

It is pretty awesome to sit in the back yard with this kind of view.

is the sailboat bringing in dinner?

Apparently our little man thinks it is funny to scare off the eagles.

scarin away the eagles

Our first day of vacation was quite relaxing and we got some much needed sun. The next day was even more fun! Stay tuned…

Friday Flowers: Hydrangeas

22 07 2011

Two of my four bushes. This has been the best year yet! For some reasons, my blooms are finally agreeing and turning a deeper blue and giving off bigger flowers. The bushes are just giant. They were itty bitty things during their first summer 3 years ago (they were planted almost 4 years ago).

the little man adds a little perspective

Water Baby

20 07 2011

I think I have one! Oh my, does he love the water! He learned just how much when we were in Texas (I still owe you some pictures and videos of that good fun). This week, we got one warm (72┬░) day and decided to hit up Greenlake to enjoy the sunshine. It turns out the wading pool was open. I wasn’t sure how Carter would feel about it as he does tend to clam up in new situations sometimes. Not this time. He sat in my lap while I dipped my toes in the pool. Then I tried to dip his toes in the pool. He immediately stuck his little legs out at a 90┬░ angle demanding to sit in that water.

I didn’t have his swimsuit on, so I just plopped him back in my lap while we watched the action. But he would have nothing to do with that. Squirmy pants mcgee wanted to be in the middle of the action.

I stripped his shorts and sat him down. He immediately started splashing and giggling.

ah, so nice and cool in here!

Surprising me and himself with splashing his face and not getting upset about it!

splash splash splash!

And then he was off. He did not want to sit still. Not one bit. The pool is about 75 yards long, maybe? It gets deeper (probably about 2 feet deep) in the middle. At one point after chasing him, I stopped helicoptering stepped back a tad and let him crawl thinking he would turn back when it got too deep. I finally stepped in as the water got to his chin. He would have kept going.

gotta go talk to that cute baby girl with the belly

I tried to force him into some breaks as his knees and tops of feet were getting skinned up from the gravel bottom (talk about pool toe!). He was a little more content in the deeper waters.

cooling his jets for a minute

When we got out of the water, I dried him off and put him back in his non swim diaper and shorts which was a major challenge. Diapering has become a battle (you’d think it was baby torture) as it is since he started crawling, but now that he was so near his beloved water? Oh my. I finally strapped him back into the stroller to go home and he was a pouty pants about it. He usually is pretty easy going about being strapped in and going places with me. Not that day!!

staring longingly at the water

He drowned his sorrows in his sippy cup full of cool water. He drank the whole thing on the way back to the car (I’ve struggled to get him to take more than 1-2 good sips per day!).

depressed about leaving the pool

I suspect the Greenlake wading pool will become a summer stop off for the Lpod. So much fun!

Friday Flowers: The Dahlias Are Here!!

15 07 2011

My first bunch of dahlias have bloomed. Here are some pink ones for this fine Friday.

semi dinnerplate pink dahlias from my 'cutting garden'