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Got Coffee? Echoes Of My Neighbourhood #13

Seattle is a huge coffee mecca, with its biggest coffee roasters being Starbucks, Tully’s, and Seattle’s Best.  It is said that there are 35 coffeehouses per 100,000 people.  There are 4 drive-thru coffee stands no more than 3 miles from my house.  Here are 3 of them.  This sensation is lost on me as I don’t drink coffee.

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Even the bling for Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in 2014 was a coffee cup.

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(yeah, shameless plug, I know, :D)

I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

Are drive-thru coffee stands the norm where you live, or is this just a Seattle thing?

Cherry Blossoms Galore

It’s that one time of year when cherry blossoms are everywhere.  They seem to appear overnight, and are gone just as quick.  After a long, cold, wet winter, they are indeed a welcome sight.

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And these… while these bushes are quite pretty, they’re a bit of a reminder it’s time to stock up on allergy medicine:

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I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

Got spring?

Echoes Of My Neighbourhood #11

I live in a little town called Lake Stevens, aptly named for the lake which the community surrounds. Summers get a bit busy here as everyone finds something to do water-related… swimming, skiing, kayaking, boating, fishing, rowing.  We even have our own little rowing club. There’s sometimes activity on the water in winter as well, even people suited up skiing (extreme, very extreme).

At the Cove in the summer, we have “Music on the Lake,” where various local bands will come and perform, as well as outdoor movies.  The town’s biggest party takes place the last weekend in July, known as Aquafest.  Five blocks of Main Street are roped off and it becomes a fun little carnival with lots of games, rides, craft vendors, and food booths galore.

And it has just occurred to me, I’ve never shown pictures of the actual lake.  While it was cloudy when I took these pictures, we are never lacking for sunshine in the summer.

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While Internet safety is always a primary concern, I’m not too worried about those of you who like to stalk.  I went to my local Wal-Mart this morning and stocked up on hunting supplies… so chances are I’m going to see you before you see me.  😀

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I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

 

Echoes Of My Neighbourhood #10

I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

I live in a rural area in the Pacific Northwest.  For 3 of our seasons, you can pretty much count on the rain being somewhere in the weather forecast.  But I love the rain, every day of it, otherwise I wouldn’t live here.

Anyway, as I said, we’re very rural.  And on those long country roads, one sees various outbuildings just hanging about for no particular reason.  They’re small and they have a bench and they provide cover from the rain.  The only thing I can surmise is at one time, they were used by children waiting for the school bus.  But if I’m wrong and if someone knows their actual use, please shout it out.  It’s been a great mystery to me for years. Regardless, they come in a variety of shapes and colors and are quite fun to look at.

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The following is actually a “free library” on the side of the road.  Donate a book, take a book, go sit on the bench and read a book.  The planters are gorgeous in the summer, filled with flowers and color.  Every spring the wood is touched up made to look new again which, in turn, makes the bench look super inviting.  What a fabulous idea to promote reading and re-use!  Kudos to the incredible people who created this!

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Echoes Of My Neighbourhood 9

I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

It’s time to see bits and pieces of Seattle!!

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Above:  The Columbia Tower… currently the 2nd tallest building on the West Coast and tallest in the State of Washington.

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Above:  The Clock Tower in front of Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders.

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I live about 35 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, but it sure is fun to go visit every now and again!

Have a great weekend!!  Who’s got a race coming up??

 

 

Echoes Of My Neighbourhood #8

I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.  Today I thought I would share some of the things I see on my work commute.

I live about 10 miles/20 minutes from where I work.  My travel is purely through farmland and the back roads of the country.  I know I annoy a lot of drivers, but I am constantly looking around during the drive as I never know what I will see, such as…

Usually a few deer:

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Lots of horses, ponies, and goats:

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And cows (this particular cow was quite willing to have her picture taken):

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Various farms and houses, such as this one:

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And this one:

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And the beautifully landscaped yards and driveways with freaky trees that have arms:

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And beautiful carvings from tree stumps:

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Regardless of my view during my drive, the highlight is when I finally get there and see this guy waiting for his breakfast salad:

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Daryl

Small Town Charm

I live in a beautiful little town that surrounds a lake.  We’re very rural here and don’t have much of a downtown, but this little clock tower is a great landmark.  It’s sits in the town center.

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Yes, it was raining today… a lot… so I walked over to the stream that runs this-way and that-way through our town.  Because of all the rain, it was flowing full force.  Believe me when I say, I will take this rain over the ice and snow we had in November and December any day.  (Looking at the picture above, the stream runs just left of the clock tower)  Just another day… 🙂

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This was also posted in response to Jackie’s challenge, Echoes of my Neighbourhood, from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales.  Share in the fun!  I feel I get to see the whole world right here from the comfort of my living room!  Thanks Jackie!