Tag: Vashon Island

Tall Clover Farm Photos du Jour

Tall Clover Farm Photos du Jour

I am basically a crow with a camera. My photography isn’t planned or staged, unless it’s instructional or to provide an example, but for the most part I stumble upon the object or moment, and then the kitchen timer goes off in my head, and […]

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, Smooth Sailing

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, Smooth Sailing

When you live on an island, and your only way off the island is by ferry, rider opinions arise as frequently as exhaust fumes from a ship’s funnel.  Some islanders have a contentious relationship with the ferry system, its policies, its fares, its maintenance delays. (They usually don’t […]

Tabletop Flowers: Dahlias Without Water

Tabletop Flowers: Dahlias Without Water

I had the pleasure of providing flowers for a friend’s wedding this summer, and in the process learned a thing or two about tabletop floral displays, namely that dahlia blossoms perform beautifully out of water. Who knew? I also learned that some love seems as natural, and effortless as […]

Keeping Vashon Neighborly

Keeping Vashon Neighborly

After a recent trip to Seattle, I sat on the ferry feeling as though I had visited the moons of Jupiter, or at least been witness to the Northwest equivalent of the bar scene in Star Wars. I didn’t recognize Seattle and she didn’t recognize […]

I Grow Dahlias, Dahlias Galore

I Grow Dahlias, Dahlias Galore

Let’s talk Dahlias! I try not to play favorites with flowers. Sure, a spring peony can unfurl seemingly unmatched, that is until I spot a dreamy rose moonlighting as a perfumed pillow of petals. Oh wait, would you take a look at that lily, such stature, such fragrance, […]

In Tall Clover: My Little Local Radio Show

In Tall Clover: My Little Local Radio Show

New Flash! I have my own radio show, called “In Tall Clover,” airing on the KVSH Voice of Vashon (VOV) at 101.9 FM locally. An extension of my blog, with an infusion of local talk, happenings, a few songs and a couple characters, “In Tall Clover” is my first […]

Vashon Sheepdog Classic: Where Each Dog Has Its Day

Vashon Sheepdog Classic: Where Each Dog Has Its Day

Vashon Sheepdog Classic – June 9 – 12, 2016 I love it when a familiar place surprises me, when I discover something that has been right under my nose, in plain sight as they say, doing handstands, waving its arms, flashing its veritable pearly whites at me, in […]

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A week of celebrating, and a drizzly, slate-gray morning have led me to reflect on some of the small moments of this big season. Yep, some fond memories and a cuppa joe are warming my winter chills this morning. Chastened by the benefits of age and expectation, I tend to enjoy Christmas in a less-is-more fashion. Gone […]

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour: Seattle’s Best-Kept Holiday Secret

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour: Seattle’s Best-Kept Holiday Secret

Bruised by the inescapable 24-hour news cycle of Black Friday, and images of folks fighting over vegetable steamers and life-size teddy bears, I feel it my civic duty to share Seattle’s best-kept secret for a humane, enjoyable, fun, and engaging holiday shopping experience (with no need for fistacuffs): […]

Phoebe and Tillie’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure

Phoebe and Tillie’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure

In terms of landmass, Vashon Island (37 sq. mi.) is about the size of Manhattan (34 sq. mi.). The north-end ferry connects Seattle, while the south-end ferry unites us with Tacoma. As slow as the car drives along the I-5 corridor that connects these two cities, the […]