Friday, June 14, 2019


Have you ever wondered why the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz was so evil? And how did the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion come to be? In the play Wicked, you'll discover the answers through delightful song, beautifully choreographed dance, and clever dialogue. Although photography was not allowed during the performance, I can post photos of the venue where I saw this delightful stage performance--the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle. What a fun time!

This opulent theater opened on March 1, 1928.

More info about the Paramount Theater and its history: HERE.

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Jo's Monday Walk -  Johanna at Restless Jo - Link HERE
Our World Tuesday - Link HERE
Saturday Snapshot - Melinda at A Web of Stories - Link HERE 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Nature's Jungle Gyms - SaturdaySnapshot

Children enjoy playing on jungle gyms, swinging on swings, and spinning on merry-go-rounds. But these kids at Volunteer Park had plenty of fun on "equipment" built by Mother Nature.

Looks like fun, doesn't it?

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at A Web of Stories.
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Friday, May 10, 2019

Volunteer Park Conservatory, #Seattle - Saturday Snapshot, Jo's Monday Walk, & Our World Tuesday

There's nothing quite like a cool, sunny day to enjoy the beauty of Seattle's spring. After walking from the Arboretum to Volunteer Park, I visited the Conservatory for the first time. Here are a few photos from that excursion.

According to the conservatory website, the original structure was constructed in the 1920s but had fallen into disrepair and been condemned. After twenty years of work, the restored Victorian-inspired greenhouse was completed in 2014. 

Here are a few of the many plants inside. Some of these seem to be Christmas cactus, or at least relatives of that plant.

A room full of hydrangeas, ferns, lilies, and more.

A few of the many plants in the orchid collection.

I'm not sure what this is, but it reminds me of an anthurium. 

More info about the Volunteer Park Conservatory HERE.

NOTE: I also took this hike in 2016. The link to photos from that outing is HERE.

Here's a map of our walk. This isn't the exact route we took from the Arboretum to Volunteer Park, because we detoured through more green space. We had a picnic at Volunteer Park, then walked back to the Arboretum. Our route covered about six miles round trip. As you can see from the map, there are miles of trails to explore within the Arboretum. The springtime blooms of azaleas, rhododendrons, bulbs, and trees are spectacular.

I'm linked with:
Jo's Monday Walk -  Johanna at Restless Jo - Link HERE
Our World Tuesday - Link HERE
Saturday Snapshot - Melinda at A Web of Stories - Link HERE 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips - #MtVernon, WA

Have you ever experienced the beauty of row after row of tulips in bloom? Here are photos from my recent visit to the fields at Tulip Town in Mount Vernon, Washington.
(Click on photos for a larger view.)

If the beauty of these blooms has inspired you to plant tulips of your own, you can order bulbs online. They will be shipped in autumn in time for planting. The variety is overwhelming.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival info HERE
Order bulbs online HERE

I'm linked with:
Saturday Snapshot - Melinda at A Web of Stories - Link HERE 
Jo's Monday Walk -  Johanna at Restless Jo - Link HERE
Our World Tuesday - Link HERE