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Sunset Sky September 13, 2017

Filed under: Seasons,Seattle,Summer — Janet @ 2:21 am

IMG_4327 Sunset clouds – we haven’t seen a sky lie this in a long time – Seattle’s go;den summer!


A Harvest Of Green Tomatoes September 12, 2017

Filed under: Autumn,Fall,Seasons,Seattle,Tomatoes — Janet @ 5:50 pm

IMG_4325  slow to ripen


Cat Seeking Shade September 2, 2017

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Seasons,Seattle — Janet @ 7:31 pm

IMG_4249  That’s Katerina under the chair in the corner.  Here it is early September and it is still HOT.

IMG_4247  earlier in the morning – look how long the shadows are – the sun is so much lower in the sky compared with July and August


Cold Wet March – Think Green March 28, 2017

Filed under: Colours,Seasons,Seattle,Spring — Janet @ 4:35 pm

IMG_2756         IMG_2757




Snow Snow Snow February 6, 2017

Filed under: Isle of Harris,Katerina,Memories,Seasons,Seattle,Snow — Janet @ 8:50 pm

It’s been snowing all day!  Seattle is closed down.  This makes me think of my childhood in Boston(Belmont).  How we loved to hear the announcement on the radio – no school, all schools, all day – including the following towns…….

img_2332    Katerina is a bit timid about this rare phenomenon

img_2330  That’s a crow at the top of the snow=covered tree


Fremont Bridge Seattle January 19, 2017

Filed under: Fremont Bridge,Seattle — Janet @ 5:21 pm

fremont-bridge-in-may-2015-photo-by-matt-randles-e1484202098448  A familiar  sight the you are in a hurry to get to the other side.


photo credit: Wedgewood in Seattle blog


Getting Dark at 4 o’clock December 13, 2016

Filed under: Arctic Circle,Seasons,Seattle,Stonehenge,Winter Solstice — Janet @ 4:29 pm

December 11 – Here it is only 4 o’clock on an overcast wintry day and it’s getting dark.  I can hardly wait for the winter solstice.  The onset of dim light and then darkness seems to be getting earlier in the afternoon this year.  Or do I forget from year to year.

Official sunset times in Seattle seem to hover around 4:10 and 4:20 these days.  Combined with sunrise times that means about 8 hours of daylight.  Don’t feel gloomy – I just looked at one of my favorite blogs – Dances With Wool – the author lives in Northern Finland on the edge of the Arctic Circle where they have only 3 hours of daylight at this time of year.  Sunrise around 11 and sunset around 2.  By 5 o’clock one feels like it’s bedtime.  I don’t know if I could take that.  Seattle and Dublin are far enough north for me.


solstice-stonehenge  winter solstice sunrise at Stonehenge

photo credit: Wikipedia


Seattle In The Morning Fog November 10, 2016

Filed under: Art works,Photography,Photos,Seasons,Seattle — Janet @ 7:06 pm

space-needle-foggy-morning-isabella photo credit Isabella Sildorff

There is some symbolism here I suspect – the mood of Seattle after the election


Lawn Bowling In Seattle July 28, 2015

Filed under: Lawn bowling,Seattle — Janet @ 8:30 pm

In the Seattle Times on Sunday there was an article on lawn bowling.  Surprise.  Oh for the glory days of lawn bowling in Kenya and Dublin when we were members of Karen and Leinster and Kenilworth Bowling Clubs.  It was interesting to read the article but it just made me sad.  It’s not a high priority sport here – not a tradition, not part of the culture.  Just a quirk really to find it played at all – to quote the header for the article – “Lawn bowling isn’t a hard-core workout, just a lot of fun.”

But Victoria isn’t far away where the British tradition of lawn bowling is alive and well – as it is in the British Isles and the Commonwealth countries

Old Lawn Bowling Photos2  lawn bowling in the good old days



Seen on my Walk October 29, 2014

Filed under: Cats,Grandchildren,Late autumn,Nature,Seasons,Seattle — Janet @ 5:25 am

I live about a 5-10 minute walk to my son’s home – today I was asked to look after his youngest son Sean for a couple of hours.  So I duly walked over there and here are a few pictures of things I saw on a late Fall day in Ballard.      IMG_4166          IMG_4167

IMG_4169            IMG_4170  an obsolete fire hydrant


IMG_4176   a slight detour to see these houses under construction (and of course the ubiquitous facility for the convenience of the workmen).

I was  observed by a  black cat       IMG_4186


All ready for a delightful 2 hours with 4 year old Sean  We played Old Maid and Go Fish.  When I yawned and said I was a bit tired, he suggested I take a nap up in his room.  Now there’s a thoughtful and generous little boy.