Eagles have good taste in choosing a spot for their nest.Woodpeckers add their own form of beauty to a tree.
Finding the forest for the trees in this cedar grove reminded me of how soothing trees can be.
" I never knew how soothing trees are- many trees and patches of open sunlight, and tree presences; it is almost like having another being." D.H. Lawrence
There were many memorable times in Spokane growing up. Grandma Woolum lived there and we took frequent trips from Kellogg to stay at her house. I recalled memories of Northtown before it was enclosed, shopping at the ValuMart on Francis before it was Fred Meyer, and bowling around the corner on Division. I also remembered the A&W Root Beer stand on Hamilton. Every time we headed up the hill after passing Gonzaga I spotted that root beer stand, the landmark that we were close to Grandma's. I always hoped some time during our visit we would get to drive down with Mom and pick up a gallon of frosty, cold root beer. I don't remember eating at the A&W as much as I remember getting the root beer to go. Back then you couldn't buy this brand of root beer in the store, so it was a special treat to get in while in Spokane. I think we also made root beer floats with the Darigold ice cream Grandma kept in the freezer on hot, muggy days in August.I have a memory of saving the gallon jug and Grandma would have it waiting on the floor by the washing machine when we came back another time because I think you got a discount if you returned with a jug. Was there also some wooden tokens with the logo on them?It seems like we drank that whole gallon while it was cold because there was never room in the frig to hold it. I like remembering these rituals that repeated themselves in my childhood. There was comfort knowing the jug would be there and we could once again enjoy that cold, tasty root beer when Mom would drive down to the drive-in.
Later the A& W lost it's novelty when more restaurants cropped up and when the root beer was available in stores. At the age of ten it was a special treat and something we looked forward to. We didn't have the fancy mugs, but it didn't seem to matter that we drank it out of Grandma's Libby glassware.
When I head north on Hamilton today I always glance over there at that building when I head up to Bridgeport as Hamilton turns to Nevada. It has been a few different cafes since the A&W closed. I can still taste that cold root beer.
Annie and I took a walk Saturday morning when things around the campground were still pretty quiet. This lake is so peaceful since gas motored boats aren't allowed. This couple with their dog were out enjoying some early morning fishing.
I love the shades of blue I caught in this view of the lake.
The trail around the lake was bordered with wildflowers, blooming bushes, and a variety of trees.
After our walk Annie returned to another obsession session watching for squirrels. She tried to get Shelby interested, but Shelby quickly lost interest when she discovered she couldn't herd them.
After we arrived back from camping today I did a tour of the gardens. It is amazing how changes can occur in just three days. This white columbine was at the path to greet me. The first iris to bloom is a deep purple with a dame's rocket that looks like it is growing inside.Kit was waiting at the bench by the pond just hoping he could get his picture taken.
The white lilacs held up until we returned. They were still filling the air with their sweet fragrance.
The pansies were also still blooming near the fountain. It was good to be home.
We are leaving after school tomorrow for a camping trip to another close, quiet destination. Swan Lake Campground is located south of Republic, Washington off Highway 21. There are three small lakes close to each other which is always nice if one campground is full. Swan Lake has a hiking trail around the whole lake, it doesn't allow motor boats, and has beautiful campsites right along the lake. How can you go wrong?
No wireless or hook-ups this week-end, but we will still enjoy the comforts of the pop up tent trailer. Rain or shine we will get in some reading, photo sessions, writing, naps, and quality time with each other and the dogs. I will return with photos after the week-end.
and geraniums ready to breathe the outside air.
Bedding plants are eye candy for me. I love going shopping for plants then figuring out how to combine colors and textures into gardens and planters.
I am going to do a yellow, orange, white combination with some of these plants.
I have a bare area that will be filled in with these snapdragons.
When it comes to shopping some women can spend hours and hours trying on and buying shoes. Eye candy for others are diamonds and fancy jewelery. I can spend hours and hours shopping at plant nurseries.
These images were captured at Ritter's Nursery in Spokane last week-end. If you are an inland empire blogger be sure to take a trip to this nursery. It is well worth the trip.