14 responses

  1. Sue
    June 20, 2013

    What a great tale. Sounds like the old fella was doing more fine than one could realize.
    It’s true about getting older. I’m not into “flash” or the latest/greatest anything. Give me a fine morning in the garden listening to the birds wake up while I sip a cup of coffee. Heaven on earth!

  2. Anne
    June 20, 2013

    I have also seen that elderly gentleman trudging up and down the highway with his walker. The walker does have a seat so he can sit down and rest but he seems very determined to make his walk to Vashon town. More power to him!

  3. Martha McLemore
    June 20, 2013

    I fell in love with the Puget Sound area several years ago when I visited Whidbey Island, and have dreamed of returning to live somewhere there. I’d love to visit your island – it sounds wonderful.

    Heartwarming story. Thanks, Tom and Rondi and gentle Tea Man.
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  4. Scott Weber
    June 20, 2013

    That’s so sweet…it’s a good thing to be happy where you are…I already dream of a day when I have a small house with a big porch on an even bigger acreage :-)
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  5. Ina gawne
    June 21, 2013

    What a lovely story Tom…so heartwarming! Love the greeting card of Boz and Gracie.
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  6. Eileen
    June 21, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this sweet story.

  7. Lucy
    June 21, 2013

    Truly a lovely story. Aren’t small towns great? You really know you belong when you go the grocery store and run into a half a dozen people you know, and spend a few minutes chatting with each while your ice cream melts. I too lived in Seattle back when I was a student, loved it, but couldn’t handle it now. (Old Fogey Alert!) For one thing, the traffic! It ain’t what it used to be. I’m happier enjoying smaller town life now. (Beautiful picture of the rose, btw. What roses do you grow? Would love to hear about them)
    Lucy

    • Tom
      June 22, 2013

      Hi Lucy, I so agree with you. Sometimes I feel like a little hayseed heading into Seattle, and not recognizing my old stomping grounds, surprised by the traffic, congestion and really bad looking apartment buildings going up. The rose btw is Janet, from David Austin. She’s a bit fussy in our wet climate, kind of hit or miss. I’ll post more pics later about roses I grow. Take care, Tom

  8. Amanda
    June 23, 2013

    As usual Tom, you have eloquently described both the charm and the goodness of living on our lovely little island. Thank you for sharing Rondi’s story! I too have been one of the fortunate benefactor’s of this lovely man’s generous nature, who I will now refer to as” Vashon’s Tea Angel”. I’ve also heard one other similar story about this man. It’s such a great example of the gems that we have in our community … just like you too! You bring an easy, relaxed, goodness to life here on Vashon. We’re lucky to have *YOU*.

    • Tom
      June 25, 2013

      Thank you so much Amanda, um um um, I don’t know what to say, and that’s a rare occasion. Again thank you!
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  9. hafiz
    June 25, 2013

    What a beautiful picture of the lighthouse! So, is the island called Vashon? How interesting! Does the climate vary given its an island? I will have to look it up, next time I am in Seattle.
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    • Tom
      June 25, 2013

      Hi Hafiz, yep the island is called Vashon as is our main little town. The climate is slightly warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, based on my anecdotal observations and having lived in both Seattle and Vashon. The ferry goes out of West Seattle to Vashon. Cheers!
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  10. Stephen Andrew
    July 14, 2013

    Hello! I just found your beautiful blog! I first found out about Vashon in “Growing a Farmer”. It sounds like paradise.
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    • Tom
      July 14, 2013

      Thanks for the kind words and visit Stephen. Kurt of “Growing a Farmer” is my neighbor and has created quite a paradise from his land. Mine is still a work in progress, but it is also a most inviting place if I don’t say so myself. Yep I do love this island, and consider myself fortunate to live here, though some may call it “The Rock” and can’t wait to leave. Ah perspective is a funny thing ;-)

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