Tag: Vashon Island

Vashon Morning: Early Hours and Warm Regards

Vashon Morning: Early Hours and Warm Regards

It’s o’dark-thirty here at home, and the world around me is just beginning to wake up.  On my rural road no street lights shine, no porch lights peer from across the field.  Even the easterly glow of Seattle from across the Sound is cloaked by […]

Vashon Island Halloween Spills Into the Streets

Vashon Island Halloween Spills Into the Streets

When The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie starts lining up pumpkins on the porch, you know Halloween can’t be far behind. Because island residents are spread out, and dark rural lanes the norm, Halloween is celebrated in the centrally-located, well-lit, easy-to-navigate town of Vashon. Merchants open […]

Summer Snapshots: On the Porch, Around the Island

Summer Snapshots: On the Porch, Around the Island

Early mornings reveal a waning moon, a sleepy sunrise, and the perfect porch to start a day on. Mount Rainier sneaks a peek (and a peak) at Quartermaster Harbor in Burton on Vashon Island. My day starts early and my day ends late, and somehow […]

Portraits of Elders – People Who Inspire

Portraits of Elders – People Who Inspire

Phoebe Last Friday, I attended an art opening  at the Blue Heron Gallery on Vashon Island: Portraits of Elders – People Who Inspire. While I’m a big fan of one of the featured artists, Pam Ingalls, I’m equally devoted to three of the women she […]

The Kindness of Strangers 101

The Kindness of Strangers 101

Mt Rainier and Point Robinson Lighthouse on a clear day. Have I mentioned I live on an island? Make no mistake, the little marker in the middle of Puget Sound where I live is very special to me, and I feel the journey to make […]

Farm Photos: The Week in Review

Farm Photos: The Week in Review

Outside my window, bluebells lap at the trunk of a bigleaf maple. A few warms days on the island, and Mother Nature takes notice. The orchard trees are set to bloom, the days get longer (just like my chore list) and the memories of a […]

Orcas Offshore: Another Reason to Love Vashon Island

Orcas Offshore: Another Reason to Love Vashon Island

You don’t have to be a regular on my blog to quickly ascertain that I’m a fan of Vashon, regularly gushing over my good fortune to have drifted ashore to an island I now call home, an island where my neighbors are eagles, orcas and […]

Thanksgiving: A Day to Dine on Gratitude and Apple Pie

Thanksgiving: A Day to Dine on Gratitude and Apple Pie

Thanksgiving Home A quick note to wish you and yours a day of abundance and gratitude, of pumpkin  pie and ladles of gravy, of warm hearts and well wishes, of quiet moments and spirited bouts, of giving and sharing and counting each blessing. Happy Thanksgiving […]

Lazy Days of Summer: A Progress Report

Lazy Days of Summer: A Progress Report

Chubby peach cheeks: I picked a bumper crop of  three peaches from my Avalon Pride tree–delicious all! Don’t laugh, but today we will likely break a heat record somewhere in the low 90s. Too hot for Tom or the shade, I plan on cooling off […]

Please Don’t Take My Free Sign

Please Don’t Take My Free Sign

Fashioned from a paint sample drywall scrap, one of my best free signs was also one of my most quickly pinched. Vashon Islanders have many quirks. (Just ask someone from Seattle.) As a community of free spirits, our behavior and island traditions often beg for […]