Boz, British Bulldog and expat, says “All is forgiven, Happy Fourth!” The Fourth of July comes abruptly to Vashon Island. Anyone on the island with an open window and who’s not on life support cannot escape the approaching drone of the hydroplanes circumnavigating the island like furious wasps. It’s a Vashon tradition I love–if nothing else, but for […]
Boz is quick to point out that chest-high grass is no dog’s friend. Rain or no rain, it’s time to mow. If weather was a game of rock- paper-scissors, I’d have to say clouds trump sun in our neck of the woods, just as paper covers rock. Every year, we await solstice and the arrival of summer like […]
After a day off-island with friends, I had too many miles and too few minutes between me and the 8:00 pm ferry to Vashon. As fate, traffic, and a few wrong turns would have it, I missed the boat. Setting my parking brake and expectations, I was all too aware that the next ferry was an hour and […]
Sometimes the view can speak for itself. On the M/V Issaquah, view to the Northwest; photo below, a turn to the port side and the Southeast view with Mt. Rainier peering out of the clouds.
Anyone who’s spent a summer in Seattle, knows the season really begins the fifth of July, when the sun begrudingly shows up for its abbreviated run. A sunny Fourth is rare. In fact the last time I pondered it was 2001, when I wrote a letter to the editor, providing my tips for a sun-safe Fourth of […]
Celebrating Solstice: Summer returns to Vashon Island I began my day in a sweater (cotton) and my day ended in a sweater (wool), a fitting and not unlikely costume change for the first day of summer in the Pacific Northwest. The varying degrees of chill here require you to choose your fibers wisely. And, I […]
By summer’s end, a bramble’s reach knows no boundary. What my eyes witnessed my brain denied. The shadows were not lengthening; the mosaic of honey locust leaves did not litter the ground or create an artful flotilla in the fountain. The sun did not rise and hang on the horizon complacent that it had reached […]