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Will It Rain? July 2, 2018

Filed under: Clouds,Rain,Weather — Janet @ 7:13 pm

IMG_2393  cloud seen from my back deck approx. 10 a.m.

The cloud looked very threatening but it just rolled by and here it is noontime and there have been more dark clouds and also blue sky – no rain yet.

 

Trip To Westport Washington May 17, 2018

Filed under: Art,Painting,Weather,Westport Washington — Janet @ 2:40 am

This was a trip to the West as the title implies. My husband Ian and I are more familiar with Westport on the West Coast of Ireland.  The 2 Westports are approximately 6000 miles apart and very different.   Westport Washington – a Marina waterfront with many many fishing boats, places to eat, gift shops, a kite shop, ice cream shops, etc.  But the area in the background is one long strip of motels and guest houses – overnight to longer stay facilities catering mainly to RV’s (Recreational Vehicles).  Unfortunately some were in a bad state of neglect and decay.  Others looked more cared for.  An eclectic mix.  And to add to the impression I had were grey skies and a chilly wind.  Contrasting with this I visited the local library – a very clean, modern, up to date, facility and apparently well used by a local clientele in midMay.  The real season for Westport Washington I understand is August.  That’s when all those condos and beach houses are used by their owners.  But as for the more permanent year round population, I was just trying to figure it out.  I think I would have similar questions in many summer coastal resorts in off-season.  Having said all that, I loved the place where I stayed (possibly the only guests).   It had a certain off-season charm.  Glenacres.

IMG_1894   At Glenacres, a path leading down to the more muddy area, note the dark clouds in the distance.  It was overcast the whole time I was there – not really very long – less than 48 hours,  But the host at Glenacres said he was feeling sun-deprived.  A not uncommon feeling in an area near Grayland?

Despite my wet feet and overcast skies, I just wanted to set up my easel and start painting.  But maybe from indoors at a picture window after a brisk walk in the wind on the great expanse of beach.

 

Waiting/Watching For Spring March 1, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Seasons,Weather — Janet @ 4:47 pm

IMG_5268   Katerina in Seattle – the sun struggling to break through the clouds following a very rainy preceding day

28336673_1192149854254825_8804623887552481173_o  Orange cat in Bray Dublin Ireland – wondering about a snowfall in late February

 

Snowing Again February 20, 2018

Filed under: Weather — Janet @ 10:59 pm

Just a few light flurries so far, but it’s COLD.  And the heating system seems to have gone on the blink.  Olson Energy Service is on the way.  And I’m not away in London or Dublin and it’s not the middle of the night.

 

Will It Ever Stop Raining? January 30, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Weather — Janet @ 12:15 am

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Katerina doesn’t think so.  And I’m beginning to wonder…….

 

Where Is The Sun? January 28, 2018

Nothing but rain here in Seattle.  January is proving to be a long month.  My “garden” is a soggy mess.  ………  But I do have a lot of birds.  Hundreds, well let’s say many, little brown birds of delicate variations in size and pattern of coloring.  Nature is amazing.  However there is no problem in identifying the Northern Flicker – 2 of them visited my deck yesterday morning.

IMG_5100  Lone picture of a greedy squirrel.  The good thing is that he loosens the suet for the little brown birds who come along after he leaves.

The cat is in position for constant bird watching.

IMG_5103  Katerina aka Kat

 

A Day At The Races March 19, 2017

Filed under: Bicycling,Bike Racing,Sequim Washington,Weather — Janet @ 7:45 pm

It was extremely windy and cold at the Bike Races yesterday in Sequim Washington.  I was a spectator and was able to enjoy the day regardless of the weather.  I could retreat to the shelter of our car to watch the drama – or knit or read.  I was watching for son James in his bright blue helmet and Team Apex outfit.  Quite easy to spot as most of the other cyclists dropped out after 2 or 3 laps as the weather was so awful.

James’s starting group, Cat(egory) 3 was quite large.

IMG_2648  Warming up for the race at the Apex tent

IMG_2668    Off they go – Cat 3 group at 9:45.

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IMG_2670  As they disappear in the distance

My instructions were to expect to see James in about half an hour.  He estimated a time of 2 1/2 hours to cycle the 60 miles.  1/2 an hour for each of 5 laps.   I had a wave from James after lap 1 or was it 2.

 

3 hours later here was James

IMG_2682  James in the lead (well of 2 riders – I didn’t know how many riders had rounded this corner already or which group they were in – Cat 3, 4, or 5.   It was confusing to watch and learn anything.  There were 3 groups of riders- Cat 3 started at 9:45, Cat 4 at 9:50, and Cat 5 at 9:55.  Cat 3 riders were supposed to do 5 laps round the 12 mile course.  Cat 4 4 laps, and Cat 5 3 laps  They was a fair degree of overtaking and mixing of the competitors out on the course.  And many dropped out.

A good day racewise despite the weather. Cold and very windy but at  least it didn’t rain n the rain shadow of Sequim’s location.  Several tents were blown down that added to the drama.       IMG_2677             IMG_2675